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Onboarding as an Intentional Practice of Inclusivity

Posted by Deanna Singh | Feb 4, 2021 3:00:00 AM

I am so delighted to share with you the recent conversation I had with Michelle Bess, the Vice President of Talent and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at OppLoans. In her role, she focuses on creating systems and processes to ensure an equitable company where individuals from all backgrounds are seen, validated, and where they’re able to succeed. In this episode, we talk about the work that OppLoans is doing, what it looks like doing DEI within a company with a very small team, and some often overlooked areas of inclusion within organizations.

Topics in this episode

  • Prioritizing mission-based work within your career
  • Economic inclusion and the ripple effect it has on families and their communities
  • Techniques Michelle has found to be successful in her DEI work
  • The importance of creating allies and ambassadors of DEI work within your organization, and the process of getting them plugged into doing the work
  • The wide scope of what inclusion means
  • Thinking about off-boarding and re-onboarding parents around times of leave - another area of inclusion to consider for companies
  • Having to be more intentional when employees are distributed and aren’t in a central location


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Written by Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh, Founder/Chief Change Agent of Flying Elephant, is known for giving audiences the tools and courage to imagine, activate, and impact the world as agents of change. She is a trailblazer and dynamic speaker who is at the forefront of social change. She is an accomplished author, educator, business leader, and champion for marginalized communities. Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also the author of two children’s books, I am a Boy of Color, and I am a Girl of Color and a business book, Purposeful Hustle.

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