Navigating the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) characterizing the business world in the 21st century requires a new paradigm focused on an integrated bottom line – planet, people, and profit (PPP). Global trends include resource scarcity and growing inequities in income, wealth, education, and healthcare. Stakeholders are demanding that organizations address systemic barriers to promote justice and equity within organizations and across broader social systems. Transformational change requires leadership to analyze internal and external systems through a social and environmental justice lens.
Despite a growing focus on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, the imbalance of power remains within our institutions, organizations, and social systems. To move the needle, leaders can turn to Driving Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which explains developing a North Star vision and creating a strategy to redesign organizational process and systems, as well as leveraging tools for data-driven decision-making. It presents a framework to build an inclusive organization as well as a model to engage and support senior and middle management beginning the process of capacity building and systemic change. By layering in AI and other technologies to support data-driven decision-making, the book guides leaders in navigating their organization’s journey along the maturity continuum to achieve their North Star vision of becoming a just and equitable organization. The book also helps managers to
- Assess ecosystems and organizational systems that justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion impact
- Take a deeper dive into transformational and operational components to gain insights on the deep systemic realignment of the North Star vision
- Identify and engage with diverse stakeholders to gain perspective and understand issues crucial for transformative change
- Leverage people-centered design to create a process promoting diversity of voices and to better align outcomes with shared organizational vision
- Use data to drive decision-making and reduce bias by removing intuition from the decision-making process
- Leverage the book's frameworks to drive collaborative systemic change
- Adapt insights highlighted in multiple interviews with DEI practitioners
- Benefit from lessons learned and best practices featured in the book's case studies
This book features a primer, which is a quick reference guide to key terms, concepts, and definitions. It helps to define justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and other key terms, such as unconscious bias, stereotypes, and microaggressions. It also features a toolkit, which includes checklists to help managers lead organizations to realize their own North Star vision.
Table of Contents
1. Leveraging ESG on the J.E.D.I. Journey
2. Global Impact
3. Why are We Still Talking About Delivering Equity?
4. Building a More Inclusive Organization
5. Redesigning Organizational Systems for Impact
6. Gaining Perspective
7. Creating a Culture of Belonging
8. Understanding and Addressing Bias
9. Strategies for Building Workplaces of Belonging
10. Making Data Driven Decisions
11. Creating Opportunities for All
Kristina Kohl, MBA, PMP is the managing principal of HRComputes, a management consulting firm, providing advisory and technical support for people management digital solution selection, client-side implementation and optimization. HRComputes focuses on delivery on people strategy using technology, change management, program and project management. HRComputes is a registered NJ WBE, NJ SBE and in the NJ Sustainable Business Registry.
Kristina leads the Becoming Sustainable practice developing people strategy to build more equitable and inclusive organizations. Services include strategy development, assessment, gap analysis, workforce data analytics, ERG development, talent strategies to promote diversity, building an inclusive culture, and digital solution selection and implementation. She is a diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leader and frequent speaker.
Kristina brings executive business management experience from the corporate and not for profit worlds. Her background includes serving as Vice President and Manager at JPMorgan Chase. She is the Building Sustainable Organizations professor and DEI Committee faculty advisor for the Bard MBA in Sustainability, She is the author of Becoming a Sustainable Organization published by CRC Press. Her new book, Driving Transformative and Equitable Change to Build Inclusive Organizations, which focuses on rebalancing power and breaking down systemic barriers to create organizations that authentically welcome diverse voices, will be released next year.
She is a frequent speaker at conferences and events including the PMI Global Congress EMEA, Society for Human Resource Management, the Great IT Pro, Boston University, and other industry groups. She has served on a number of not for profit boards and is currently the EVP for the Wharton Club of New Jersey.
She was named a 2020 Beacon ICON Award recipient for her work in women’s leadership and to the SJBiz 2020 Women to Watch List.
Kristina holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is a PMP.