HKS Architects: JEDI in Practice (w/ Yiselle Santos)

With the surging demand for diversity in the workplace, many companies are scrambling to figure out how to increase—and manage—gender and ethnic diversity within their own firms. To help your people to work well together, you have to learn how to handle a diverse team of employees, which means focusing on four values: justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). In this Section Cut interview, Yiselle Santos, VP and Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at HSK, Inc., explains what a JEDI mindset looks like in the workplace and how to direct your company toward a more equitable future.

With the surging demand for diversity in the workplace, many companies are scrambling to figure out how to increase—and manage—gender and ethnic diversity within their own firms. To help your people to work well together, you have to learn how to handle a diverse team of employees, which means focusing on four values: justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). In this Section Cut interview, Yiselle Santos, VP and Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at HSK, Inc., explains what a JEDI mindset looks like in the workplace and how to direct your company toward a more equitable future.

Interview Takeaways
  • Prioritize a JEDI mentality
  • Create a safe space
  • Learn how to manage diversity
  • Gender equality increases profitability
  • Encourage authentic conversations
  • Focus on transparency
  • Challenge yourself and others
  • Think people-first
  • Establish goals to achieve success
  • Accountability comes through transparency
  • Disrupt your biases
  • Data defines the truth
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