Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | October 2022
In this Issue: DEIB Practices | Easterseals Redwood | Meet Dr. Kevin Sansberry
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With the growing globalization of today’s economy and the increasing diversity of the workforce, organizations must be intentional to achieve diversity and true inclusion in the workplace. Numerous studies on this topic state that lack of diversity in the talent pipeline leads to lack of creativity and innovation, both of which are critical factors driving retention, productivity, and profitability.

McKinsey & Co. has studied the impact of diversity in the workforce since 2014, and their 2020 Diversity Wins white paper proves not only that the business case remains robust but also that the relationship between diversity on executive teams and profit has strengthened over time. In their study of more than 1,000 large companies across 15 countries, they performed a “social listening” analysis of employee sentiment, providing new insights on organizations achieving workplace diversity. They learned, that although having a diverse workforce is critical, the importance of accelerating inclusion efforts is just as important for long-term, sustainable growth. Even with this and other compelling data, progress on representation has been slow, with few firms making authentic strides.

Creating a diverse workforce where employees feel included, valued, and a sense of belonging doesn’t come easy. Organizations face numerous challenges including unconscious bias, communication barriers, lack of training, and competing priorities. One of the main reasons organizations are not moving more intentionally to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) practices is because they don’t know where to start.

At the Workforce Innovation Center, we believe that the Cincinnati region can be a beacon of inclusion and economic success for all employees. To realize this vision, we are committed to helping companies strengthen their DEIB efforts to retain their talent. With proven recommendations to move from awareness to action, our team can help you measure the pulse of employee engagement, perform a thorough analysis of workforce data with industry benchmarks, and evaluate your policies through a DEIB lens – all as a part of your core business strategy.



Executive Director

Workforce Innovation Center



Partner Feature – Easterseals Redwood

The Workforce Innovation Center is proud to highlight partner organization Easterseals Redwood for all their hard work in providing solutions and support for individuals with disabilities, veterans, and those facing economic challenges in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky. This new combined agency of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati and Redwood builds a bridge over a river that has traditionally separated the best of both organizations from being offered on the other side. Easterseals Redwood now serves more than 7,000 individuals and families throughout their lifespan – from birth through adulthood – with quality childcare, therapy services, education, and workforce development programs. We are honored to have their partnership in supporting the people of our region.

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Meet Our Consultant – Dr. Kevin Sansberry II

The Workforce Innovation Center is excited to highlight one of our consultants, Dr. Kevin Sansberry II. Dr. Sansberry is a behavioral scientist, human resources expert, and executive coach whose inspiring work has been proven to transform leadership behavior to drive profitability, innovation, and overall well-being.

Dr. Sansberry is the founder and principal of KEVRA Consulting, a firm addressing organizational challenges such as inclusion, equity and belonging, leadership coaching, leadership development, and HR strategies. The Workforce Innovation Center is honored to have the expertise of Kevin’s coaching and consulting practice as a valuable resource for its clients. Kevin earned his doctorate in business administration from the University of Missouri-St Louis, where he focused on toxic leadership and culture. He received his MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with an emphasis on leadership and change management and his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Central Missouri. His Toxic Leadership podcast has a global audience and his impact is felt on social media and beyond. We are grateful to have Kevin as part of the Workforce Innovation Center team, creating value for our clients and helping them adapt and create new opportunities in a changing world.

Fifth Third Bank Diversity Leadership Symposium

Join us at the Fifth Third Bank Diversity Leadership Symposium on December 14, 2022, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The event is the largest convening in the Cincinnati region designed for business leaders to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within their workplaces. Celebrate workplace inclusion and get together with business and community leaders for an inspiring keynote, and breakout sessions on inclusion best practices.

Register Now

News of Interest

The Wall Street Journal | More Businesses Want to Hire People With Criminal Records Amid Tight Job Market

CNBC | ‘It’s a disastrous situation’: Women leaders are leaving companies at the highest rate ever

Gallup | Harness the Power of Your Organizational Culture in 3 Steps

Gallup | State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Report

Forbes | 3 Predictors Of A Toxic Work Culture And How Leaders Can Detox It

JUST Capital | What a Living Wage Is and Why Businesses Should Use It as a Benchmark

U.S. Department of Labor | Disability: Part of the Equity Equation

Yahoo! Finance | Companies that invested in their workforce were 'more resilient' during COVID: JUST CEO

The Business Journals | Many companies are suffering from 'productivity paranoia.' Here's how to fight it


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