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200: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Bret Keisling is joined by Nelson Parrish, II of Praxis Consulting Group who discusses Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, what it means, why it's important, how it can be implemented, and the importance of aligning culture with the mission.


Episode 200 Show Notes

About Nelson Parrish, II:

Nelson Parrish, II, MA is a thought leader with experience in the development and implementation of processes and programs to facilitate individual effectiveness and organizational productivity. With an emphasis on the integration of leadership, diversity, and change management, he enables people and organizations to communicate across differences, manage change, and maximize effectiveness.

Before his career as a consultant, Mr. Parrish was a manager of people and processes in the financial services industry. As the former Vice President of Change Management, Inclusion, and Development, one of his achievements was to design, implement, and measure a significant system change process that increased leadership effectiveness, diversity competence, and organizational performance. Nelson’s Focus areas include Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Public Speaking and Group Facilitation. Nelson has consulted for nonprofits, for-profits, employee-owned companies and federal and local governments including higher education, financial services, healthcare, and socially responsible businesses.

About Praxis on Social Impact

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Healthy Organizations

We live in a diverse world, where people come from different backgrounds and circumstances. History and our current experience have shown that groups of people have been, and continue to be, treated differently in the workplace—excluded, undervalued, judged—intentionally and unintentionally. Organizations are stronger when they acknowledge and address these complex dynamics.

Based on the company’s belief that increasing long-term equity—ensuring that inclusion and access to opportunities are not based on a person’s identity—leads to stronger organizations, Praxis Consulting recommends :

  • Creating cultures of ownership where people feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.

  • Strengthening structures, policies and practices to ensure all employees can thrive and contribute to the success of your organization. This includes how you recruit, hire, retain, promote, and develop all employees.

Praxis Consulting Group, Inc. was founded in Philadelphia in 1995 by Ginny Vanderslice and Alex Moss. Initially Praxis provided communication, training and organizational development services primarily to employee-owned companies. While they continue to work extensively with employee-owned companies, their practice has expanded to include work with nonprofits, socially responsible businesses and other organizations interested in developing workplace cultures that maximize employee engagement and responsibility. With the addition of consultants, Praxis has broadened its services to include: leadership development, coaching, union-management partnerships, process improvement strategies, strategic planning, governance, and conflict management.

Over the past fifteen years, Praxis has grown to include twelve staff members, who together have backgrounds in a range of disciplines, including: organizational development, social psychology, adult education, business management, and finance.

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