You’ve Made Some DEI Progress. Don’t Stop Now

ALISON BEARD: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Alison Beard.

I first met today’s guest via email in May of 2020. Do you remember what was happening in the US at that time? The video of George Floyd’s murder by police had gone viral and protests against racial violence were sweeping the country. At HBR, we were wondering what advice we could give companies about how to respond. And Ella F. Washington, an organizational psychologist and professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, stepped up to help. With co-author Laura Morgan Roberts she wrote the article, “US Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism.”

But have they? It’s been two and a half years since those protests, and Ella has spent much of that time working with organizations to build more robust diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. She’s here to report on how companies are faring, not only in the United States, but…

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