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Completing the Bridge to Nowhere: Beyond Diversity and Inclusion

Natalie Burke

While there is more diversity and inclusion now than there was in the 70’s, it’s not enough, not even close. Consider recent reports on Silicon Valley’s failure to hire and retain diverse employees. We’ve invested billions in diverse and inclusive workplaces and public spaces – building a bridge to a better world - although it appears we’ve stopped short of our goal. Diversity and inclusion alone won’t guarantee that all people have fair opportunities to achieve their full potential – but equity does. Without equity, we’ve made promises we can’t keep, started what we can’t finish, and built a bridge that leaves us dangling between where we were (a place of prejudice and inefficiency) and where we aspire to be (fairness and optimization). Equity, diversity, and inclusion (together) are the best way to make us bigger, faster, stronger, smarter, and better at doing what we do. Be compelled to build your bridge. Learn to undergird it with equity. Do good AND do well.

About Natalie Burke

As an advisor to corporate leaders, communities aspiring to change, and everyone in between—Natalie S. Burke guides people and organizations to solutions and common language necessary to succeed and make the world a better place, a healthy place. As a strategist she focuses on strengthening the connective tissue that forms those organizations through building relationships, collective will, and greater equity. That expertise guides her work developing leaders across sectors who seek to innovate and create perspective transformation (i.e. when people know, think, and believe something different, they decide, act, and do differently). Her daily focus is on the 5Ms—guiding people to map, make, manage, measure, and master the change they seek and that society needs—knowing that we can do good AND do well. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Natalie is President and CEO of CommonHealth ACTION, a DC-based, national public health organization. “As a leader I know that world changing is serious business but then again, what better way is there for me to spend my time?”

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