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Creating an Equitable Workforce

July 12, 2023

Creating an equitable workforce demands a hard look at all parts of the employee lifecycle. It’s not solely about recruiting; but about thoughtful attention to the hiring funnel and beyond-from sourcing diverse talent to providing an inclusive employee experience. Diversity in the workplace advances an organization in many ways. It gives you access to a…

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Top 10 Ways to Make DEI Work: Building a More Inclusive Future

June 10, 2023

At CADIA this year we have been hearing a lot about making DEI sustainable within organizations.  Recently our founder and CEO, Cheryl Thompson gave a blog-worthy talk to the MEMA Diversity Council entitled Top Strategies to ensure your DEI strategy is sustainable.  We’ve pulled the highlights together here – take a look and let us know what…

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CADIA Honors Pride Month 2023

May 31, 2023

As June approaches, we want to take a moment to celebrate Pride Month and express our unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community. At CADIA, we believe that every individual should be able to bring their authentic selves to work without fear of discrimination or prejudice. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace…

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Diversity Includes IDD

March 26, 2023

Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) refer to a range of conditions that affect an individual’s cognitive functioning and adaptive skills. These disabilities can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to communicate, learn and perform everyday tasks. IDD can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetic conditions and brain injury, and are…

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The Corporate Ladder: Still Tricky for Women

March 9, 2023

You have likely seen this or a similar triangle.  It depicts the percentage of women in the automotive industry at entry level (the foundation of the triangle) up through executive ranks. Now, the “triangle” imagery isn’t perfect, it’s obviously a lagging indicator; nonetheless it tells a story. The story goes like this:  Statistically speaking, over…

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2023 Black History Month

February 16, 2023

  Black History Month creates a quandary for some in the automotive industry. We all want to recognize, celebrate, and honor the contributions and achievements made by Black people everywhere, to celebrate racial pride, and to examine our commitment to ideals of equity, freedom, and racial justice. On the other hand, we feel as though…

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Sacred Work: A Guide for DEI Initiatives

January 12, 2023

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. released his third book “Why We Can’t Wait,” which captures how activism by African Americans from the spring and summer of that year accelerated social change. “Why We Can’t Wait” was written at the conclusion of key national events that exposed deep racial injustice and vast economic inequality…

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November is Native American Heritage Month

November 19, 2022

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the diverse histories, traditions and cultures of Native people. Native Land Digital is a Canada-based non-profit which strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources. The organization offers a robust interactive map of the…

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DEI: Ever Evolving

October 10, 2022

DEI: Always Evolving In 2020, CADIA published a LI post entitled “Understanding the Terms Hispanic and Latinx” as part of our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). As is common in DEI work, things change quickly. Currently, CADIA would not promote the use of the term “Latinx” because for many reasons, the…

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The Role Of Psychological Safety In DEI

July 13, 2022

The Role Of Psychological Safety In DEI Manage Magazine defines psychological safety as the assurance that employees within a specific work environment can voice their opinions without fear of negative consequences. Psychologically safe environments do not tolerate bullying, harassment, or humiliation, thus giving employees the freedom to openly ask questions, discuss new ideas, bring up concerns, and…

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