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Letter: Thankful for a seat at the table

Blog Post created by katie.mehnert Champion on Nov 19, 2018

 

This is the time of year for gratitude. In America, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving this week – a time when families and friends gather to share what they are thankful for.

 

There’s something significant about this custom. And it is bigger than the holiday it symbolizes. You see, when you are invited to the table – you matter. 

 

The first Thanksgiving occurred back in 1621 when the Pilgrims invited local Native Americans to the table to celebrate the harvest. And despite any biases the Pilgrims held, their lives were enriched by spending time with people who were “different” from them. Today, this still holds true.

 

Our EDII™ study reveals that over 81% of the employees we surveyed believe diversity should be a priority.  Yet, less than 50% believed this was important to their senior management.

 

As I said at last week in Brussels at the KPMG Power and Utilities Conference we don’t need more data or special diversity sessions. It’s time to take action and socialize change. It's time women have a seat at the table and step up to the mic to be heard.

 

In March, we’ll host HERWorld 2019, our best forum yet - where women and men of all different backgrounds come together to talk about the epic shifts in our industry and to make their voices heard.

 

We’ll broadcast from Houston, London, and Denver – and we will sell out. Preregister today, host your own, or sponsor.

 

So, in the spirit of the season, I am thankful for the companies who are taking action and giving everyone a seat and a voice at the table.

 

And I’m grateful for those who support and believe in us. 

 

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