Diversity Council National Research Report Provides Best Practices for Increasing Council Effectiveness and Impact

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The Association of Diversity Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc., announces the release of the 2011 Diversity Council Honors Award Report of Survey Findings and Innovative Operating Practices™. This unique report contains a summary and analysis of the 2011 Diversity Council Honors Award™ application responses from one hundred participating U.S. councils and is designed to help councils increase their effectiveness and impact by providing best councils’ operating practices.

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This unique report contains a summary and analysis of the 2011 Diversity Council Honors Award™ application responses from one hundred participating U.S. councils and is designed to help councils increase their effectiveness and impact

The Association of Diversity Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc., announces the release of the 2011 Diversity Council Honors Award Report of Survey Findings and Innovative Operating Practices™. This unique report contains a summary and analysis of the 2011 Diversity Council Honors Award™ application responses from one hundred participating U.S. councils and is designed to help councils increase their effectiveness and impact by providing best councils’ operating practices.

“For many years, our firm assisted organizations with their diversity and inclusion initiatives,” says Linda H. Stokes, President and CEO of PRISM International, Inc., the parent organization of the Association of Diversity Councils. “We recognized early the important contributions and impact which diversity Councils, ERGs and other type groups had on their organizations; yet, for all their great efforts there was little national recognition and shared best practices. We wanted to change that.” PRISM created a specialized practice – the Association of Diversity Councils – to be a premier resource for diversity and inclusion Council professionals. “The goal was to help Councils and Council members increase their impact and effectiveness in developing, implementing and maintaining an organizational strategic diversity focus; and, to recognize, honor and share their best practices and efforts,“ says Stokes. “This was the basis for the annual Diversity Council Honors Award™.” A direct result of the Honors Award process was the creation and release of the survey findings in the 2011 Diversity Council Honors Award Report of Survey Findings and Innovative Operating Practices™. This unique report includes the results and analysis of each of the four specific focus areas compiled from the one hundred council applications and includes implications and future trends.

The 2011 Diversity Council Honors Award Report of Survey Findings and Innovative Operating Practices™ is divided into five sections. Section 1 - Council Fundamentals, examines the role of Councils in the diversity process (including what are the characteristics of a successful council group), the important competencies of Council members and finally, exploring strategic and tactical councils. Section 2 - Survey Findings, offers data compiled from the Honors Award application and synthesized into seventeen charts segmented by all applicants, the Top 25 and the Top10 recipients. Section 3 – Implications, provides a deeper analysis of the Survey Findings by comparing and contrasting multiple chart data that generated some interesting observations. Section 4 - Innovative Operating Practices presents a carefully selected compilation of the Top 25 Council innovative operating practices from the areas of demonstrated council results, demonstrated management commitment, measurement and accountability and communications and education. Section 5 - Future Trends, reviews three years of Honors Award data in order to understand, spot and report the direction in which Councils are heading.

Joe Santana, Senior Director, Diversity, Siemens USA says, “Effective Councils are one of the key success factors to an organization’s D&I process. More specifically, diversity Councils, when run effectively as a board of advisors, form the key component in helping business leaders in a specific segment of an organization to stay informed and effectively, competitively address workforce, workplace and marketplace diversity and inclusion leveraging opportunities in a manner that benefits the business and all stakeholders.”

For more information about the report including how to obtain a copy, visit report.

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