Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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How to Build a Workplace Culture Around DEI Leadership

Every individual brings unique strengths and talents to the workplace. To empower employees and drive success for organizations, DEI leaders are building, advancing, and sustaining cultures that promote employee respect, diversity, and equity.

Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matters

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace means making employees feel involved, included, and engaged so they can be their whole, authentic selves both in and outside of the office. It means recognizing, accepting, and appreciating individuals for their unique perspectives, and the ways they can enhance the employee experience.

By building DEI skills through DEI programming, you can ultivate an organizational culture centered around the needs of your employees. In turn, they can learn, inspire, and do their best work, which directly translates to an organization’s success.

With diverse companies outperforming their less diverse peers, the business case for DEI is stronger than ever. According to McKinsey & Company, organizations in the top quartile for ethnic/cultural diversity among executives were 36% more likely to achieve above-average profitability.

A Case Study on DEI: The 'Pink Pandemic'

Coined the 'Pink Pandemic,' women+ worldwide, including all who identify as women, have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 across all facets of their lives. Whether they’ve left the workforce, struggled with COVID fatigue, or reinvented themselves for new opportunities, their professional and personal lives have dramatically changed. It is now the responsibility of organizations to support women+ in the workplace so they can continue advancing as they were before the pandemic.

Make Inclusive Leadership the Foundation of your Business

Organizations of all sizes need bold leaders at every level to understand and address bias and discrimination. Building a culture of inclusion in the workplace is a must, and it has to start at the top. According to the Harvard Business Review, leaders’ words and actions make up to a 70% difference in individual’s feeling included. And, the more employees speak up, the better they collaborate and perform.

In order to make DEI part of your company’s culture, leaders must build strong DEI programsthat:

The Pillars of Success: Implement and Scale DEI Throughout Your Organization

During the past few years, businesses have made significant investments in exploring diversity's power in the workforce. But what is DEI training, and how do you take the first steps to building a strong DEI program that makes a difference and scales across your business? How do you embed DEI values into the foundation of your organization?


Motivate your organization by tying DEI programs to performance goals in order to build the right strategy and process.


Ask the right questions to set your objectives: What am I expecting equity and inclusion to do for my organization? Where does diversity and DEI training fit into our greater strategy?


Set expectations from the beginning. Identify what equity and inclusion mean within your organization and define how your employees will be held responsible.


Provide leaders with the resources and knowledge that they need to build diversity skills, and to be successful in embedding DEI into workplace culture.


Ensure leadership and management buy-in so DEI initiatives are implemented and enforced. Leadership participation in DEI training and initiatives will also set a precedent for workplace inclusion.

Hear How

On The Edge podcast, TaChelle Lawson, Founder and President of FIG Strategy and Consulting, and Stephanie Wade, Political Organizer, Transgender Advocate, Educator, Speaker, Former Field Representative and Veteran's Liaison to U.S. Congressmen Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr., share insights on how to put DEI into action within your workplace.

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Inclusion Without Exceptions

Skillsoft and Special Olympics support inclusive workplaces for people with intellectual disabilities. Understand the disparities faced by people with intellectual disabilities and learn how to nurture inclusivity and equity in the workplace for people of all abilities through our curated resources and courses.


Women around the world have been more affected by the financial and social fallout of the pandemic than their male counterparts. Skillsoft identified how learning can play a pivotal role in addressing gender inequality, and has curated content to help women and organizations refocus and rebuild their careers.

Skillsoft Workplace Harassment Training

Creating a respectful and inclusive environment starts by educating employees on their pivotal role in eradicating harassment from the workplace. Skillsoft created anti-harassment training that can help employees recognize the various forms of harassment, learn how to respond to possible incidents effectively, and understand their part in preventing harassment and promoting respect.


Dive into DEI courses and training designed for both learners and leaders to build their diversity skills. Learn how to create a culture around trust, equality, and social inclusion.

Free diversity and inclusion training materials

Leadercamp: Advancing Meaningful Diversity in The Workplace

Learn how organizations can take the next steps to create a truly inclusive and equal environment for all employees.


Understand the impact of unconscious bias, and learn how to identify and tackle discrimination effectively.

Leadercamp: DEI Working Towards an Equitable Future

Learn how to cultivate an equitable and equal workplace. Hosted by People Matters and Skillsoft.