Raben delivers what it embodies, a thoroughly diverse group of professionals committed to helping leaders and their organizations with transformational change. We care about the rules of the road—how power is distributed, who decides and who is included. When done right, prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion can unleash a whole new set of capabilities within your teams, generating new opportunities for authentic engagement, partnership, and impact.
Facilitation and Leadership Engagement
Discussions focused on race, religion, gender, LGBTQ status, and other elements of identity are some of the hardest issues to discuss in public life. Raben brings considerable experience working with clients to sensitively facilitate dialogues, helping your people get clear on their aspirations, barriers, commitments, and ownership. We facilitate board and executive team sessions and retreats, staff working groups, and other stakeholder engagements.
Environmental Surveys / Cultural Assessments
Through a combination of survey instruments, focus groups and/or interviews, we can help you understand your employees’ and other stakeholders’ perceptions of the organization’s current DEI state, and their envisioned future state. Assessments can get stakeholders engaged early on in the transformation process, leading to a sustainable effort. They can also be key to revealing opportunities for refinement to such systems as onboarding, performance evaluations, internal and external communications, decision-making processes, meeting participation, and more, establishing a baseline from which to measure growth.
We can help your stakeholders establish foundational understandings of the current scientific research on bias, how it weaves its way through the human brain, and the way biases influence our perceptions and actions. We can develop and facilitate customized workshops to include presentations, dialogue, and Q & A sessions.
We know that business can be a powerful driver for positive societal outcomes. And, we also know that consumers are driven to brands not just by price point, but also alignment with their personal values, including social justice issues. We delight in working with clients to craft creative sustainability strategies that allow them to reap societal and financial rewards.
Recruitment and Pipeline Development
If you’re looking to create a more inclusive culture, actions speak louder than words. We know that having people who bring different perspectives to your organization is a powerful way to that, especially at the C-Suite and management levels. We’ve worked with some of the most recognizable corporate and nonprofit brands in the country, to ensure their workforces and products represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.