Diversity and inclusion hits the main stage at Greenbiz ‘18

In a conference known for passionate presentations about the Circular Economy and renewable energy innovations, this year’s Greenbiz Conference featured, perhaps for the first time, a conversation about diversity and inclusion. The emergence of diversity and inclusion as a topic at a sustainability conference might have surprised a few participants. However, those attendees adjusting their strategies to align with the UN Sustainable Development goals are already familiar with the convergence of topics like climate change, gender equity and poverty alleviation into a broad sustainability framework.

The presentation highlighted a barely six month old initiative called CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion. What started as an inaugural summit with 70 CEOs now has more than 350 CEOs of the world’s leading companies and business organizations having signed on. The stated goal is to leverage their individual and collective voices to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

WeSpire started as a sustainability engagement platform for forward-thinking global companies.  Our recent launch of a positive workplace module, that includes a number of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, mirrors our customer’s expanding view of sustainability.  We also see convergence in our customer’s roles with some former heads of sustainability now overseeing social responsibility more broadly, including diversity and inclusion and they want their programs to be integrated as well.

What this trend reflects is the acknowledgement that if a company achieves the high bar of carbon neutrality, but isn’t diverse or doesn’t offer equitable compensation for women, then it’s hard to really say they are truly sustainable in the broader sense of the word.  True sustainability addresses the full range of environmental, social and governance factors.  For WeSpire, this expansion is very exciting. We are proud that our platform is proving effective in inspiring positive action in ways we could only dream of a few short years ago.  If you find that your role has expanded as well, we’d love to learn more about how we could help.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out personally to susan@wespire.com.

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Did you know that Forbes has named 2018 “The Year of Employee Experience”? Companies with a strong and positive culture have employees that are happy, productive and loyal to their workplace. But one challenge that affects every leader wanting to launch and expand employee experience programs is to how to ensure employees actively participate and that they provide a positive return on investment  Last week, WeSpire Founder & CEO Susan Hunt Stevens and Malia Atta, diversity business consultant for MGM Resorts, shared their expertise in a webinar about how to inspire employees to take positive action and how to prove it’s driving impact.

In the first part of the webinar, Stevens highlights two new modules that WeSpire launched in January. The first module is focused on holistic wellbeing with campaigns like mindfulness, meditation, stress reduction, and healthy eating. The second is focused on positive workplace culture, including diversity and inclusion, driving innovation, agile work and gratitude. She shares how using WeSpire’s analytics tools, companies are able to measure the impact that various programs are having on retention, performance and brand.

Our guest speaker Malia Atta from MGM International also shares their experience using the platform to tackle implicit bias and engage employees in diversity and inclusion initiatives at MGM. “These campaigns allowed employees of all levels have a voice, be their authentic selves,  and in turn do their best work.”  said Malia Atta, Sr. Business Consultant – Diversity & Inclusion of MGM Resorts International.

In this webinar, you will also learn about:

  • How WeSpire’s new Wellbeing module helps employees be more active, healthy, mindful and less stressed and how the Positive Culture module drives agile, inclusive and resilient workplace cultures.  
  • Our partnership with Urban Labs, an organization which works with businesses in integrating diversity and inclusion into leadership and corporate culture
  • Our new IdeaBoards feature, a crowdsourcing tool that allows employees to submit, vote, and comment on new ideas to collectively bring the best innovations forward

Hosts  Include:

  • Susan Hunt Stevens- Founder and CEO, WeSpire
  • Malia Atta- Sr. Business Consultant, Diversity & Inclusion, MGM Resorts International

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At WeSpire, we believe fun is a powerful tool for motivating employees toward achieving positive impact goals. Our platform’s built-in game mechanics, social norming, and playful content infuses lightheartedness into our customers’ sustainability, well-being, and civic-service programs; programs that have historically been typecast as “un-sexy” or “boring.”
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Behavior Change, Positive Impact and Purposeful Work: There is no “right” way to do it

Across nearly every industry, the topic of impact—how to create it, contribute to it, and control it—is being talked about, presented on, strategized over, and increasingly, being scrutinized to measure. Sure enough, it was the topic of focus at last month’s Sustainatopia conference in Boston, arguably one of the largest gatherings of influential decision-makers and thought leaders in the world of sustainability.
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