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White men can be great diversity partners

September 17, 2015

Bill Proudman is a member of our Women in Leadership Institute keynote faculty. He’s also a Founding Partner and CEO of WMFDP (an innovative consulting firm that focuses on diversity and inclusion), and an influential speaker on team effectiveness, cultural competence, and inclusive leadership. But unlike many people who are often called to help organizations be more diverse and inclusive, he’s a white man.

As you’ll see in this video clip, Bill believes that the role of white men in diversity and inclusion efforts is often overlooked. And that’s a missed opportunity.

“When we really engage white male leaders in diversity and inclusion efforts,” he says, “it frees up women, people of color and those of different nationalities from the fatiguing work of helping and coaching white men to understand their world, and that of others.”

He’s also quick to admit that the challenge global companies face related to employee engagement, morale, and representation is not a simple fix-it. But, as he explains, he is making progress.

Interested? Learn more from Bill and the rest of our rockstar faculty at the Women in Leadership Institute taking place in Phoenix, Arizona from November 2-5.

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