Diversity is the presence and representation of a population in regard to aspects like race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, language, age, socio-economic status, tribe, caste, ethnicity, religious and or political beliefs and perspectives.
Equity seeks to promote fairness when it comes to treatment as well as within processes and procedures, impartiality, equality on available opportunities as well as equal distribution of available resources within an ecosystem. The presence and enforcement of equity help to ensure equal possible outcomes for every individual.
Inclusion is the practice of ensuring that those people who are diverse within the workplace feel valued and like they belong. Every employee within an organization should feel supported and welcome as they express their true self.
Why Is Diversity Important?
When it comes to decision-making within companies and organizations, different opinions and perspectives are usually taken into consideration before making the final decision. This applies to decisions affecting the human resource within an organization or when it comes to business or product development.
Therefore, the more diverse the people in an organization are, the more perspective there is when it comes to decision making. Usually, people from different backgrounds, races, walks of life have varying life experiences and as a result, different perspectives altogether. This therefore helps for better outcomes.
Why Is Equity Important?
Equity is about promoting fairness and impartiality within the workplace. Wherever people go to put in their time and resources, they want to rest assured that they are being treated equally as well as being compensated fairly in comparison with their counterparts who are within that field/ organization/job group. When looking for employment, a lot of people actually put these aspects into consideration.
Why Is Inclusion Important?
Inclusion calls for every individual in the workplace being and expressing themselves in the most authentic way possible. Inclusion calls for a balance in the workforce in terms of race, age, gender, etc. The bottom line is, people simply want to genuinely feel like they belong and not that they have been included in a culture or dynamic just as a token person to represent a minority group of a certain demographic of people.
Black-owned DEI Consultants
The Nova Collective
Nova is a black-owned, women-owned company that strives to work with companies in order to help them transform their organizational cultures. They work with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Supplier Diversity leaders in order to ensure that meaningful change is achieved.
2 Brown Girls
Two Brown Girls is a Consulting Cooperative that helps companies and organizations go through a process of transformation, both at an individual as well as at an institutional level. They collaborate with other companies and organizations in order to help them with capacity building that in turn helps them apply their mission and values in exciting and enlightening ways.
Collective is a modern diversity, equity & inclusion company that works with brands that are on a high growth path in order to create and build inclusive cultures. This in turn enables employees within that company or organization to thrive. They also help existing companies fine-tune their projects and initiatives.
InspirED Solutions, LLC. is a Black-owned consulting firm with a primary focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. They focus on developing leaders and creating inclusive cultures at the workplace so that all people in the workplace feel represented and are also inspired to succeed and flourish.
The Management Centre
The Management Centre is a company that focuses on driving social change. They are of the belief that significant differences in the social, economic and political sectors is an indication that advocates who fight for social justice need to do it more effectively than their counterparts in order to facilitate real change. In that regard, they help social justice leaders learn how to establish, run and grow organizations that are not only profitable and sustainable but also those that are focused on ensuring that there is diversity and inclusion among the entire workforce.
She + Geeks Out
She + Geeks Out is a company with a mission of abolishing inequity in the workplace. They believe it's necessary to take a holistic approach to address this need. They support companies in their diversity, equity, and inclusion journey by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to create a more inclusive environment that is keen on the positive development of their employees in the workplace. They also provide women and other people in marginalized genders and their allies a chance to network and build connections with other companies and organizations that might be interested in hiring them.
Agatha Agbanobi is a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant who helps organizations and teams diversify and build teams that perform highly in environments that promote diversity among the workforce, equity and inclusion of all members regardless of their backgrounds. She helps organizations develop diversity, equity and inclusion programs that suite the specific needs of the different organizations. Agatha uses a warm and inclusive approach when working with her clients in order to create a safe space where learning can be enhanced in order to create desirable outcomes.
Elizabeth Williams Riley
Elizabeth Williams-Riley is an award-winning DEI practitioner and coach with 20+ years of experience in areas such as DEI consultation, coaching, training as well as leading companies and organizations when it comes to transformation and the complexities that come with living in a diverse society where inclusion and equity are very important.
Very boldly, she tackles issues to do with diversity, equity and inclusion with an aim of dismantling institutional and systemic inequalities.
Angie Hamilton is an experienced leader in the HR space who offers companies support at all stages of the employee circle. DEI is a core service that she offers while working with her partners in order to ensure that best practices are put in place so as to ensure that a workplace is a safe place where employees can thrive.
Bay Street Capital Holdings
Bay Street Capital Holdings is an independent investment advisory, wealth management, and financial planning firm headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. They manage portfolios with the goal of maintaining and increasing total assets and income with a high priority on managing total risk and volatility. Although many advisors may focus on maximizing returns, they place a higher priority on managing total risk and volatility.
Our founder, William Huston founded Bay Street after 13 years of supporting the United States' largest retirement plan ($650B) Thrift Savings Plan. He is recognized as Investopedia’s Top 100 Financial Advisors for 2021. In California, only two black-owned firms out of nineteen firms received this recognition. In Scottsdale Arizona, Ekenna Anya-Gafu CFP, AAMS is recognized among the Best Financial Advisors for his responsiveness, friendliness, helpfulness, and detail. Bay Street was founded to advocate for diverse and emerging fund managers and entrepreneurs. In 2021, Bay Street was selected as a finalist out of over 900 firms across the US in the category of Asset Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).