Best-Managed Nonprofit leaders say intentionality, open conversation key to DEI efforts – Crain’s Detroit Business – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Intentionality and continued open conversations are crucial stepping stones for any company, nonprofit or otherwise, that wants to make a concerted effort to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace , says the leader of Crain’s 2021 Best-Managed Nonprofit.

“We have to continue to look at what the numbers, our data is telling us,” whether we’re talking about COVID disparities, voting rights or hiring practices, Darienne Hudson, president and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, said during a webinar on “Lessons from the Best-Managed Nonprofits.”

“None of us are immune. And there’s a lot of hard work that we’re all having to make.”

During the Wednesday webinar, leaders from United Way and four other nonprofit finalist organizations shared how they approach DEI, offering practical takeaways for nonprofits and for-profits alike and the business case for doing so.

“The data is clear that

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