At Raben, we’re clear that an effective DEI strategy is not about training sessions. DEI is about driving organizational transformation. It starts with getting clear on your values, then building the kinds of systems and processes that will lead to the culture you desire, and the DEI results you want.
We combine the perspective of a genuinely diverse organization, with well-tested DEI tools and approaches, plus the emotional intelligence to meet your people wherever they are on the continuum of awareness and engagement. A DEI program, done wrong, can be corrosive. We pride ourselves on doing DEI right.
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.
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.