United Way of Central Indiana
2955 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Topic: Intersectionality - The Future of Diversity and Inclusion
Featuring: Demetria Miles-McDonald
Demetria Miles-McDonald is the Founder and CEO of Decide Diversity, a company focused on increasing the presence and effectiveness of underrepresented groups in the workplace, specifically in leadership positions. Demetria specializes in bringing the experiences of people who identify with two or more marginalized groups to the forefront, to better understand and utilize the strengths they bring to the workplace. Demetria's experience in industrial and organizational psychology have energized her to take action and lead today's leaders away from stereotypes and bias that prevent qualified people from reaching their highest potential. Demetria's powerful presentations and workshops make leaders think outside the box and consider solutions that move organizations forward.
Demetria was recently recognized as a Young Leader of Louisville and also received the Member of the Year award from the National Association of Women Business Owners Kentucky chapter. Demetria is a 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award Nominee and a 2018 Trustees of Inclusion and Equity . Both awards were presented due to Demetria’s work in diversity and inclusion in the community.
Today’s version of diversity covers, among many other things: gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and veteran status. Everyone fits nicely into these groups. According to statistical reports, people fit into only one of these categories at a time. We compare men to women, white people to people of color, and cis gender and straight to LGBTQ. What happens when people identify with more than one of these groups? Business leaders have traditionally assumed that every person who identifies with one of these groups experiences the world and workplace similarly. However, people are complex and rarely identify with only one group. It’s time to expand our definition of diversity and get back to its roots: uniqueness and individuality. It’s time to talk about intersectionality. In this session, attendees will: