Why DEI matters

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Founders, executives and senior leaders




In this facilitated workshop on foundational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), you will have an opportunity to align on common definitions of key DEI terms and uncover specific dimensions of diversity that undergird the complexities of such topics.

The question, “why DEI matters”, will be a central theme of this session by addressing the business and socio-cultural impact of inequitable processes/structures/policies while also recommending small, concrete steps necessary to combat bias and leverage diversity to stay competitive and create a sense belonging for your team.

Why start with 'Why DEI matters'?

For many to consider the DEI topics or challenges that exist in our communities, workplaces, societies, or even social circles can feel overwhelming, spark anxiety, and trigger avoidance of such topics in conversation.

However, addressing the importance of DEI and the challenges facing people of color and other marginalized groups does not require we solve all the problems of injustice or inequity at once. Although, as a first step we do need to be intentional and accountable in the ways we act and treat others.

Using the question “Why DEI Matters” as a central theme of this workshop allows us to start the conversation around DEI at the 10,000 ft. level, but then also allowing us to transition to explore the question: why DEI matters to me/my organization/my team/my stakeholders? 

During this workshop, we will: 

  • Align on Key DEI terms
  • Increase awareness of different dimensions of diversity that exist
  • Reframe a DEI strategy to emphasize concrete actions that promote greater equity and inclusion within your organization

After the workshop, you will: 

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the different dimensions of diversity.
  • Be introduced to a new framework to approach DEI that acknowledges organizational structures and behaviors
  • Gain knowledge of practical actions to build more inclusive business environments.

Without Exception


Without Exception

Dennis is the chief executive officer of Without Exception, a company he founded to help organizations build, develop, and fine-tune their diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy by leveraging systems thinking to deconstruct these complex topics into concrete actions that facilitate immediate and sustainable change. Without Exception partners with organizations to help them identify starting points that promote greater equity and belonging for all employees.

Dennis has over 20 years of experience in the higher education and nonprofit sectors, holding a variety of strategic leadership roles in that time. Beginning his professional career as a registrar for a small law school in Southern California, Dennis went on hold senior leadership positions in accreditation and licensing, institutional effectiveness, admissions, and institutional research. In his most recent role as Director of Research for Math for America in New York, Dennis designed and implemented a large-scale research agenda measuring programmatic impacts on educators across all five New York City boroughs. Dennis has also developed and taught graduate leadership courses and is an expert in Systems Thinking and qualitative research methodology.

Dennis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University ofCalifornia, Irvine, his MBA from Everest University, and his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dennis also holds a certification in online teaching pedagogy as well as certifications in a variety of assessments and experiential learning programs.

Dennis is a member of the Academy of Management, the Association for Institutional Research, and the American Educational Research Association. He is also an Advisory Council Member for the Conscious Leadership and Team Management Certificate Program at the University of Chicago Graham School ofProfessional Development Programs.

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