ATD’s OrgDev Conference


Join us in Las Vegas on October 11–13, 2023

After the George Floyd protests during the summer of 2020, there was a significant increase in commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Since then, the effectiveness of these programs and initiatives are being challenged. More recently, we have seen DEI roles disappear through layoffs and government efforts to remove DEI policies from college campuses and the workplace. To ensure DEI stays relevant and sustainable in organizations, professionals need to build interventions that have buy-in, are aligned to strategy, are measurable, and achieve business results.

This presentation will engage participants about the status of DEI in the workplace, inform them how DEI initiatives can be impactful, and take them through how to build successful DEI initiatives through the organization development process so they are able to apply these practices in their companies.

In the first section, the audience will learn about what is happening in this space through data-driven insights and current events. They will also engage by discussing how this information is relevant to their organization and participating in polls. Next, I will provide six brief tips about what needs to happen for interventions to be successful.

Most of the presentation will take the audience through the organization development journey. The organization development process consists of entering & contracting, diagnosing, collecting, analyzing, and feeding back diagnostic information, designing interventions, managing change, and evaluating & institutionalizing. This section will walk the audience through the considerations of each step. I will also connect the content by storytelling and describing how I implemented this process in my own organization which is a joint venture and a newly formed company.

When speaking about entering & contracting participants will think about the preliminary organizational issue as well as the clients and stakeholders. During the diagnosing phase, participants will understand what pertinent information to consider so appropriate interventions can be developed. The collecting, analyzing, and feedback diagnostic information step will guide participants on company information, quantitative, and qualitative data to collect. The designing interventions step will show how to take the themes from the data and turn them into priorities and initiatives. Managing change will demonstrate the five-step process to bring the organization along for the journey. Finally, the audience will determine the best way to evaluate interventions for effectiveness and sustainability.

By the end of the presentation, participants will have a practical understanding of how to build and evaluate successful organizational DEI initiatives in an environment that is transforming.