by MACIEJ HEYMAN
Originally published: July 26, 2017
Today, ANYONE can say that they are an „experienced” Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) leader. However, after burning through a substantial investment of time and treasury, companies are learning otherwise about some individuals who claim to be D&I experts.
Eight (8) years ago, the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)™ developed a professional safeguard to help companies ascertain how successful a potential job candidate, current employee, or consultant will be in their efforts to advance workplace equity, diversity and inclusion. Similar to a certification process for an accountant, doctor, fundraising professional or human resources executive, IDC designed a streamlined and rigorous system to assure employers that diversity and inclusion leaders are qualified to perform the job.
Professional qualification credentials from IDC means that a person has passed a standardized exam with an 80% or better, and the individual completed an external peer review process certifying that they are a legitimate and elite diversity and inclusion leader. Rita Holmes-Bobo, Executive Vice President of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at KVC Health Systems in Olathe, Kansas, achieved the CDE credential in June 2017. After completing the online preparation course, Mrs. Holmes-Bobo said, “I enjoyed the webinar classes and the creation of the project. The CDE class content should be required knowledge for every diversity, equity and inclusion professional.”