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André Lessears

Chief Diversity & Inclusion OfficerUAB Health System

Birmingham, AL

Member Since October 2023


"Leadership is less command over others, more service with others."

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DEI Commitment Starts at the Top: How the C-Suite Can Exemplify Support

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Excerpt: Two DEI leaders share ways members of the executive team can model their DEI commitment through behaviors and actions.  A company’s pledge to diversity, equity, and inclusion and its decision to hire a chief diversity officer to lead initiatives are two critical steps in the effort to create a more inclusive and diverse organization. But as you know as a DEI leader, your work won’t take root without the support of the entire executive team.  Employees, clients, and business partners need to see that your company is walking the talk, making it critical for executives and senior leaders to take an active role in modeling diversity, equity, and inclusion in their decisions and actions. A collective commitment to the company’s DEI mission makes creating a more inclusive environment and reaching established diversity goals achievable.  Two Senior Executive DEI Think Tank members shared their insights on some of the ways executives can exemplify their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Read on for their leadership advice and valuable ideas that you can bring back to your own organization. 

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UAB Health System

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10,001 plus