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Operationalizing Equity & Inclusion

 

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The Challenge

Many organizations set goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion, but struggle to enact tangible, lasting changes that make a meaningful impact, internally and externally.

How We Help

We’ll help you operationalize your goals through tried and true tactics— adopting everyday practices, training leaders and managers, and redesigning systems and processes. We do this all with the aim of creating equitable opportunity and valuing diverse perspectives across the organization.

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Our Experience

We’ve guided nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate organizations of all sizes to make impactful changes around equity and inclusion. We see that when employees are part of an inclusive and equitable system, they unleash their best work and achieve the highest organizational outcomes.

“August was instrumental in helping us set the foundation for a more inclusive team. Their tools and techniques to identify inequity in the workplace such as unconscious bias and microaggressions were simple, yet effective. The team has wholeheartedly adopted the August principles and we look forward to sharing these with our broader organization.”

Imtiaz Hussain, Senior Director at Bayer Pharmaceuticals

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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT

 

Bayer Pharmaceuticals wanted to increase inclusion and innovation, but had done little education and reflection about how bias and oppression affect its employees. It made a new commitment to diversity and inclusion but needed support with foundational training.

 

We co-designed an interactive training series that covered three key concepts: Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Psychological Safety alongside a toolkit of 14 everyday inclusion practices. The everyday practices included a focus on  Vs. Impact, Rounds, Decision-Making Checklist, Microaffirmations, and more. This foundational training gave participants common language, understanding, and practical actions they could begin to use right away.

 

Over the course of a year, we trained 530 leaders across the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific in 15-person cohorts. Participants reported that their new language and skills will help them more effectively lead diverse teams. Participants said they were very likely to recommend the training (8.5 out of 10).

Our team has really enjoyed working with August. Their consultants were able to conduct the most inclusive process we’ve had for obtaining deep insights from our team members on how we could improve our culture. They were relentless about making sure all voices were heard and valued. They approach every conversation with a positive, collaborative spirit and truly listen to understand what makes our organization unique so that we can come to the solutions that make the most sense for us.”

-Jean De La Mata, Charter School Growth Fund

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A typical partnership includes

Organizational Assessment

Assess the current state of equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging at your organization

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Build Shared Understanding

Lead teams and leaders through the fundamentals of systems and behaviors that impact equity and inclusion

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Design Custom Playbook

Customize and codify practices that operationalize inclusion, belonging and equity

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Co-Create Systems Change

Advance key systems changes with small, diverse, and empowered cross-functional teams

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Our partners who have operationalized equity and inclusion

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Connect with our team about Operationalizing Inclusion

Karina Mangu-Ward 

karina@aug.co

Alexis Gonzales-Black

agb@aug.co