A Letter from Our MDA Chair and Founder
Every business is part of an ecosystem. At MDA we exist in and contribute to the context of our world and our communities. This holds special meaning as all of us consider our response to systemic racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Our stake in the ground about DEI starts at our core—leadership matters. I have always believed that the more power we share, the larger our collective power becomes.
In January 2020 MDA created a cross-functional DEI task force to explore our realities and practices. Then the murder of George Floyd and the explosion of protests and civil unrest accelerated our journey. We have been conducting internal Feed Your Mind learning sessions to educate ourselves and have candid conversations with each other.
Our DEI team worked with their heads and hearts—and their enthusiasm has been contagious. First they created our point of view about DEI, which our entire firm has committed to. Second they created a multi-year, multi-step journey that will help us and our clients see and hear with fewer blinders, challenge assumptions, enhance belonging, and ensure all have a chance to expand their potentiality.
There is much work to do. Hopefully you will see evidence of our commitments in the way we work with you and your team members going forward. In fact, we hope you’ll read the first article in our diversity series to learn more about our work. We welcome your feedback.
Chair & Founder
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Leadership matters. No other factor has a greater impact on an organization than its leadership. MDA Leadership promotes the importance of leading with humanity and with an informed perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The leaders of today and tomorrow are called to do better in breaking down systemic bias and ridding their organizations of discriminatory practices. The leaders for tomorrow will be continually learning and creating expansive environments for belonging.
We believe that only such leaders and their organizations will be capable of sustainable and true excellence. We are committed to taking the personal and collective journeys that challenge our assumptions, our minds, and our hearts to build our leadership character, to continuously educate ourselves on DEI, and to apply that knowledge to our practices and in our work with leaders.
NOTE: Diversity exists whenever there are differences between people, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, tenure, geographical location, physical ability, education, religion, and thought.
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