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4 Reasons Why Diversity Programs Usually Fail

Articles Jan 5, 2021

The 2020 spotlight on racial inequality has inspired a new commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion, but already, we’re seeing a drop in engagement as corporate diversity programs struggle to make a difference.

As a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) and a CEO in the diversity space, it’s easy for me to see why those initiatives are failing, but I know it’s so much harder to understand when you’re in there, doing the work to win, and your initiatives are just not generating the results that you expected.

I’d like to share what I am hearing from my C-suite colleagues and what I am seeing unfold across the country as organizations begin to understand the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Donald Thompson

Donald Thompson, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 Southeast Award winner, is a globally respected business leader, CEO of The Diversity Movement, CDE, and author of Underestimated.