Inclusion: You Keep Saying That Word

by | Sep 15, 2016 | Talent | 0 comments

Inclusion: You Keep Saying That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means


Inclusion remains, in 2016, poorly understood, and often misunderstood. Inside most organizations “inclusion” is a vague, abstract idea involving notions of respect and tolerance…fairly vague on their own. While a lot of organizations focus on programs and policies, their narrow and antiquated understanding of what inclusion is limits them. Clarity is our very best friend and this is a short does of it.

Joe Gerstandt
Joe Gerstandt brings new clarity and fresh practices to diversity and inclusion work.
Joe has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, small non-profits, and everything in between. He speaks at numerous conferences and summits, and blogs at He is a featured contributor for the Workforce Diversity Network Expert Forum and his insights have been published in Diversity Best Practices, Diversity Executive, HR Executive, The Diversity Factor, The American Diversity Report, the Corporate Recruiting Leadership Journal, Associations Now, other print and on-line journals and he co-authored the book Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships.
Today, Joe believes that we can ill afford to continue applying a 20th century approach to an increasingly critical set of 21st century issues. A strong advocate for resetting the diversity and inclusion conversation, he sees diversity and inclusion as poorly understood and often misunderstood. His keynote messages and interactive workshops bring greater clarity, energy, and application to diversity and inclusion work.
Joe lives in Omaha, Nebraska (the middle of everywhere) with his patient, kind, patient, loving and patient wife, two daughters, a son, a dog, and a guinea pig.


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