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With any organizational change or initiatives, there must be a strategic plan with buy-in from all levels of the organization.
Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Every day is unique, but I’ve been tasked to partner across all levels of the organization in developing, implementing, and tracking progress against ongoing strategic initiatives that enrich the Oakland A’s approach to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
I support our organization’s internal employee resource groups and diversity council, cultural acknowledgements & celebrations, employee engagement, recruiting & sourcing, supplier diversity and DE&I training initiatives.
However, there is never a dull moment and am constantly learning.
Here are some reasons why I believe Diversity, Equity & is crucial to the organization success:
I do not see this as a challenge. I see this as an opportunity to learn from others and educate employees on the importance of diversity, equity & inclusion.
With any organizational change or initiatives, there must be a strategic plan with buy-in from all levels of the organization. We have a great foundation at the Oakland Athletics and are committed to stay on this journey.
One of our earliest successes was our Diversity Taskforce creating a DEI Mission Statement. The Diversity Taskforce, which encompasses the Executive Team meets quarterly.
This taskforce brings together different senior executives that strategically execute DEI efforts and embeds inclusive practices throughout the organization.
Below is our DEI mission statement:
“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are rooted in our organizational DNA. Our commitment to these values is unwavering on and off the filed. Together, we continue to build an inclusive, innovative, and dynamic culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates belonging and amplifies diverse voices.”
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The Sacramento Kings and NBA do a great job in amplifying and supporting DEI initiatives respectively throughout the organization and across the league.
My previous experience working in Human Resources and D&I has been very helpful in creating my strategic plan for the Oakland Athletics.
My HR background in recruiting, sourcing, and employee engagement has propelled me to be innovative and creative when thinking about how to create and support DEI processes and initiatives at the Oakland A’s.
The importance of DE&I practices in the sports industry is unparalleled.
I have experienced a noticeable uptick in questions, calls, and emails from my colleagues in the MLB and other leagues to discuss best practices. It has been overwhelmingly positive having great colleagues and conversations which have made my job much easier.
I have a lot of great strategic resources and advocates.
This job has been rewarding and inspiring to me as I continue to help shape our organizational culture that embraces and understands the importance of DE&I work and the impact on our business.
As an industry, I really feel like we are making an impact on society for change. Every week and every day you're seeing changes happen in the world that hasn't happened in the past.
This is not a moment. This is a movement.
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