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Do you take the Chief Diversity Officer at your company seriously? Does anyone? Curious about how this role is typically viewed. Please explain your perspective.

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Yes. Our CIO has busted her ass to make improvements to our hiring strategy, reduced pay inequity, increased consistency and transparency in promotion evaluations, and has developed a pretty awesome education and training curricula. Our teams are noticeably more diverse (not just racially diverse, but gender and people with disabilities). She was given a for-real team, budget and support to drive those initiatives. It can be hard to see these changes if you are only at a company for a short period of time and/or if you are not close to discussions about hiring/recruiting.

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Yes - ours launched a great program and I am looking forward to it making the firm a better place for more to thrive. We are empowered to amplify her mission to our teams. We shall see how this plays out in the next couple years.

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Feel like the “diversity” is very much focused on black people, and making other social minorities feel even less seen

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Honestly why shouldn’t it be focused on Black Americans (ADOS)? a lot of minorities reap the benefits of rights that ADOS fought for & only want to talk about diversity when it suits them. But nowhere to be found when it’s time organize & fight systemic racism. As a POC, I think they deserve it and it’s about time.

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No, and no

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Absolutely not. CDOs, and by extension, the firms they work for (including my current industry firm), are almost universally focused on racial diversity, overwhelmingly racial diversity focused on black representation, and everything else is given at best lip service. By and large you can forget diversity of ability, life experience, thought, sexuality, and pretty much every other diversity criteria that isn't white vs black. I'm a physically disabled URM from a largely different background than the majority of employees at consulting firms and I haven't worked for a single firm over my 20+ year career that cares about my demographics when it comes to diversity. I don't mean walking the walk, the firm's haven't even included any of my diversity categories in diversity initiatives.

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Unfortunately think companies created the roll to give predominantly women (especially women of color) a "chief" title so they could pat themselves on the back for their own diversity in leadership, when in actuality the role is given very little actual power / influence. This is not to say that the people in the role are anything less than great, but just that they're not empowered

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I still have no idea what you are talking about. You seem angry.

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It's bullshit and everyone knows it, but don't say anything against it or else you'll be fired by the social justice fascists.

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It’s is purely a cost center, and what are the KPI’s for success? anyone know?

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K1 - no. The CDEIO doesn’t execute on recruiting efforts. They set the vision/mission and teams enable it.

Total joke

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What does a Chief Diversity Officer actually do?

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Hard no. Its all about hashtags and optics

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Joke

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Value destruction

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No, no.

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Shannon at PwC is bomb

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I agree with you D1, just thought it was a fun fact to mention…

Another excuse to post on social media. Minority here.

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It’s another job role to fill, another pretty bandaid.

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