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While many organizations began their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) journey long before the Summer of 2020, the social justice movements that took place after George Floyd’s murder rocked the US and globe. They forced many leaders and companies to initiate a DEI journey for the first time, or to  accelerate or redefine their plans to better understand and address their employees’ needs and begin the hard work of creating equitable and inclusive work cultures.

As a management consultant that has partnered with hundreds of clients across dozens of industries and sectors, I’ve seen many reasons that diversity programs fail. However, three reasons have particularly stood out over the past year – and each of them is preventable.

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