You don’t need a Chief Diversity Officer to spark positive change. Transform your workplace with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Jumpstart Program for small businesses

Embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Your employees and customers care about diversity, equity and inclusion and so should you. Companies where employees feel a strong sense of belonging at work are 35 percent more likely to outperform their competition. They achieve increased innovation, improved team performance, and greater financial returns. Embracing DEI in the workplace is also about steering your power toward social change. Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do.

The business case for building a workplace culture of belonging is clear, but we know that driving sustainable DEI change can feel overwhelming. With our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Jumpstart Program for Small Businesses, we simplify what it takes to embed equity, diversity and inclusion principles into your organization’s culture with doable and data-driven action steps.

Designed by workplace and leadership expert, Beth Ridley, the DEI Jumpstart Program has helped executive teams successfully streamline time, effort and resources required to drive lasting change, starting with three simple steps.

You don’t need a Chief Diversity Officer to spark positive change in the workplace. All you need is the motivation to get started.

Embrace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Work with Three Simple Steps

The key to achieving sustainable DEI outcomes is to focus on embracing an inclusive mindset rooted in curiosity and understanding towards others first. In doing so, everyone in the organization will be better equipped to contribute to fostering belonging and approach daily interactions and decision-making with a more inclusive lens.

The mindset-first DEI JumpStart Program is designed to make DEI concepts approachable and relevant with opportunities for all employees to apply DEI principles in their day-to-day to improve their employee experience and actively contribute to a culture of belonging over the course of 12 months.

The DEI Jumpstart Program Steps and Deliverables


Prepare leaders to lead by example by strengthening and demonstrating inclusive leadership skills over the course of the engagement and beyond.

  • DEI foundational concepts online course.
  • Inclusive leadership skills self-assessment.
  • Leadership workshop to understand role of leaders and develop personal action plans.


Engage employees to foster a shared understanding of DEI principles and make it rewarding for everyone to contribute to creating the future together.

  • DEI foundational concepts online course.
  • Culture of belonging survey.
  • Employee dialog session to internalize and discuss source concepts.
  • Company-wide learning journey to strengthen inclusive mindset and empower connection.


Embed DEI into operations by establishing  repeatable process to apply DEI principles to daily interactions and to inform decision-making on an ongoing basis.

  • Establish DEI council.
  • Strategy workshop to clarify DEI vision, outcomes and near-term areas of focus.
  • Repeatable process design and implementation.

DEI Jumpstart Program Outcomes

At the end of twelve months, you can expect to achieve:

  • Clarity on desired DEI outcomes and what it takes to achieve them.
  • Shared accountability for contributing to DEI outcomes and a culture of belonging embraced across the organization.
  • Repeatable approach to continually improve the workplace culture and advance organizational vision and goals.
  • Deepened trust, communication and connections among colleagues

Meet Beth Ridley, Leadership & Workplace Culture Expert

I’m a former corporate executive turned organizational transformation consultant, speaker and author. I combine my 25 years of global leadership and management consulting experience with expertise in diversity and inclusion and positive psychology to partner with leaders to transform workplace cultures to better achieve their vision and goals.

I’m passionate about simplifying and demystifying diversity, equity and inclusion – a topic we often make much harder than it needs to be. Based on my experience leading diverse teams in five different countries and leading ED&I for a Fortune 100 company, this work is all about embracing an inclusive mindset rooted in curiosity towards others and a broad definition of diversity that is inclusive of all dimensions that make everyone unique. These values and skills can be embraced by everyone at all levels within the organization.

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Want a more diverse and inclusive culture in your organization but not sure where to start? Starting with yourself and creating a DEI mindset is the most important thing you can do to successfully create a culture of inclusion.

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Beth recently joined Jonathan Reynolds, CEO of Titus Talent Solutions, to discuss how to jumpstart the company’s efforts to build a sustainable culture of inclusion.

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