Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Taking A Market-Driven Approach To The Evolution Of Diversity & Inclusion - FORBES

by Glenn Llopis 
Originally published: May 16, 2016
Publisher: Forbes.com 

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) was a hot button issue during the last two Academy Award seasons, but in between things went back to the status quo and no real momentum was gained. There are people, however, who do make D&I their business year round, not just when it makes headlines or comes to the fore when given a stage like the Oscars.

One of those people is Caroline Wanga. As Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion / Corporate Social Responsibility at Target, Wanga is responsible for driving organizational change in support of the retailer’s inclusion efforts – both within the company and throughout the communities they serve.

From her frontline perspective, Wanga has not just seen D&I evolve as we first came to know it in American enterprise, but she helps drive that evolution at Target and in the industry today. When talking about this evolution, the first thing she points out is that there is a common theme, whether we are talking about Diversity & Inclusion past, present or future. That common theme is in the concept of systems.