Every Voice Matters

At Target, diversity and inclusion are not just buzz words that are thrown around arbitrarily, rather, an integral ingredient to our success.  Every voice matters. It is not only deeply integrated in our culture but also the reason Target supports several diversity and inclusion organizations on both a national and local level. One such organization is The Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity — the largest diversity and inclusion conference in the country, which Target has sponsored for 10+ years. The purpose of the Forum is to provide a compelling learning experience fostering business and thought leadership in workplace diversity and inclusion.

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the forum to participate in sessions around leadership, recruiting innovation and winning with diversity and inclusion. The two day event was filled with inspirational and informative content and I want to share my top 5 takeaways with you.

1. The golden rule is fundamentally flawed due to its self-centered view. We need to recognize that perhaps others don’t want to be treated the way you do.

2. Introducing the platinum rule: treat others the way they want to be treated.

3. Leadership is a journey, not a destination

4. Revolving Door: talent acquisition without a culture of inclusion

5. Meet people where they are at. You will not win by having the same conversation with everyone.

I hope you find these insights as helpful as I did as they remind us why diversity and inclusion is so important and small ways that we can start to shift our thinking to truly activate it.

VIDEO (click here): Jodee Kozlak, Executive Vice President of Human Resources shares with the 2013 Multicultural Forum general session why and how diversity & inclusion is at the cornerstone of innovation, guest service and leadership at Target.

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  • Kathleen

    May 22nd, 2013

    Love this post and the fact that you are doing such a stellar job to promote diversity. Keep up the good work!