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A Better Workplace for the Next Generation: Inspire, Strive, Thrive

“By the time my son enters the workforce, I don’t want him to deal with the same BS I dealt with when it comes to inequity,” said Let’s Humanize the Workplace Podcaster Vivian Acquah.

Inspired by her 7-year-old son, the AmplifyDEI 2020 Summit is about all people, from all backgrounds and experiences, having access to opportunities that fit their current needs and growth. It’s not a one-size-fits-all environment, and now is the time for employers to realize that. This is where equity enters the conversation—meeting people’s individual needs, being fair not just equal. It’s like sizing and equipping a bike to match each family member’s specific use. For example: a basket for mom to hold shopping, a frame to match dad’s long legs and a smaller frame with perhaps bigger tires for a child to explore off-road areas such as woods and trails. It’s not just about making sure they have a bike for transportation alone, but consider who is using it and how, said Sesen Tesfay, organizational transformation advisor, transformation and change manager.

For Acquah (right), the AmplifyDEI Summit is about providing a platform for so many passionate people in the DEI space to tell their stories. It’s about making connections, providing guidance, sharing and re-sharing findings and experiences, and taking action at companies to help engage leaders to truly make work environments better as the world evolves.

“My son doesn’t realize the power he’s showing me of my own power and what I can do to activate others,” Acquah said. “I am merely amplifying the potential, the power and the energy I already see in all the speakers participating in this summit."

Three days. Seventeen topics. More than 60 international speakers. One message.

Read the full story here.

This is one of a series of articles and posts about diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace based on material from the AmplifyDEI 2020 Summit

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