JM Search: 4 Lessons Successful Enterprises Follow When Hiring Their First DE&I Executive

A recent webinar on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace had Ian Lee Brown, Sasha Diskin and Paula Frey discussing their experiences with leading-edge efforts around hiring an inaugural DE&I executive.

According to the webinar, not all organizations have the same urgency to hire a DE&I executive and many are still reluctant to invest resources in the framework. For those looking to hire, the panelists advised that the best time to hire a DE&I leader is now, considering the growing appetite for anti-racism among the workforce and the importance of the role to a growing segment of the workforce.

In terms of identifying the right person, the panelists emphasized:

  • The importance of defining the requirements for the role
  • Seek out leaders with a track record of making progress and guiding change in diversity and inclusion
  • Work with executive search firms to expedite the process

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