Diversonomics | Season 4 Episode 4

Moving the needle: Key barriers to embedding diversity and inclusion within an organization

18 November 2019

From misunderstood expectations to lack of buy-in on the value of diversity, there are a number of challenges and obstacles facing leaders who want equity, diversity and inclusion to really thrive in their organizations.

Successful businesses tend to have a few things in common - such as evidence-based, data-driven strategies and an understanding that changing hearts and minds takes time and requires policies and processes to be properly addressed.

Tune in to the fourth episode of Diversonomics season 4 as hosts Roberto Aburto and Cindy Kou speak with Dr. Sarah Saska, co-founder and CEO of Feminuity, about what's working, what's not working and how everyone can be a champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Episode tip:

"We know that really meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion work needs to be cross-functional and holistic. You need to be engaging with everything from your finance team through to your product team to your people, leaders and beyond. This work needs to be embedded into the absolute core of any type of business operations."

— Dr. Sarah Saska, co-founder and CEO of Feminuity

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Episode hosts

Roberto Aburto

Roberto Aburto is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in municipal law and civil litigation, with a focus on real estate disputes, land use planning law and commercial litigation.

He is also an active member in the swimming and lifesaving community, serving on the board of directors for the Lifesaving Society (Ontario Branch) as the corporate secretary/legal adviser, and on the Lifesaving Society (National Branch) National Team Selection Committee for Lifesaving Sport.

He is also co-chair of Gowling WLG's Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to promoting these principles.

To learn more about Roberto, visit his bio, follow with him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

Cindy Kou

Cindy Kou is a business law associate. She assists clients in a broad range of industries with corporate, commercial, and regulatory matters. She also regularly advises on technology law matters.

Cindy holds degrees in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University and has worked in both common and civil law jurisdictions in Canada and abroad. She speaks French and Mandarin.

To learn more about Cindy, visit her bio or follow her on Twitter.


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