As a part of Bennett Thrasher’s continuing commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, on December 7th, over 130 associates gathered for a Day of Understanding. The day focused on exploring implicit biases and conversations of understanding regarding personalities and organizational and cultural differences. The response to the day was overwhelmingly positive and Bennett Thrasher’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee looks forward to expanding the conversation through additional education, recruiting and retention initiatives.
In July of 2018, Jeff Eischeid, Bennett Thrasher’s Managing Partner, signed the CEO Pledge to continue to cultivate an inclusive workplace, provide bias training and share best practices. Participants of the Day of Understanding also had the opportunity to take their own personal “I Act on Pledge” to check their biases, speak up for others and show up for everyone.
In total, over 150 organizations and 600,000 employees across the country participated in the Day of Understanding, which was a result of the fatal shooting of Bo Jean, a PwC Associate, by an off-duty Dallas police officer. To ensure that this incident was not in vain, the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion and PwC partnered to provide content and facilitators to aid the conversation.
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. For more information on the Day of Understanding or BT’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, reach out to Eboni Moss or Jimmy Lee.