October 23, 2020

Making inclusivity a priority

During the upcoming Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation virtual conference, Better Together, virtual conference the agenda includes sessions focused on belonging and inclusion. The Alliance is committed to being an inclusive organization. The session is Making Inclusion a Priority which will include the Common Grounds collaborative discussion as well as the fireside chat keynote, Being an Ally Empowers Everyone. The conversations taking place during the conference are meaningful to both personal and professional development.

Facilitators for the Making Inclusion a Priority session will include Magdalena Alvarez-Miller, Alliance Board Member, Janice Van Allen, Walmart, member of the Alliance’s Employer Advisory Council, and Tracey Reid, the Alliance’s Atlanta Ambassador. These guided discussions and sessions will all address diversity and inclusion in and out of the workplace.

It has always been of key importance to encompass diversity and inclusion when creating a well-rounded work environment. One aspect of the conversation is unconscious bias and understanding inclusivity holistically. Many people believe they are being inclusive, when in fact they are not. Now more than ever, it is necessary to take a step back and view your own environment to see where improvements can be made.

As you may have experienced in your own company or amongst peers and family, not everyone has the same definition of what it means to incorporate diversity and inclusion into the workplace and in their everyday lives. We believe it is important to have a safe space to discuss what misconceptions and opinions people may have.

Diversity and inclusion cannot be limited to the workplace; changes within yourself are necessary. “Is your business network as diverse as it could be? As part of self-review, we must each consider the role we play in creating an inclusive workplace along with evaluating our personal beliefs and social constructs we follow.

By: Melina Ressler, Intern, Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation