CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ Hosts Largest Conversation About Bias and Understanding in the Workplace and Beyond

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NEW YORK --CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, the largest CEO-driven business coalition to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace, takes another bold action by convening more than 150 organizations for the largest "Day of Understanding" to address bias in the workplace. Each organization will engage its employees in an open conversation in more than 1,000 locations across the US about key issues around race, gender and sexuality in order to drive greater understanding and appreciation of differences.

Today CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, the largest CEO-driven business coalition to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace, takes another bold action by convening more than 150 organizations for the largest “Day of Understanding” to address bias in the workplace.

"Biases and social injustices in our communities affect so many of us throughout our lives," said Tim Ryan, US Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC and chair of the CEO Action steering committee. "As leaders, we must lean into this issue. By creating more opportunities for dialogue, we are helping build greater trust and compassion about the experiences and challenges our friends and co-workers are navigating inside and outside of work, everyday."

The coalition's steering committee is providing a full suite of resources to participating organizations. These resources include unconscious bias training materials; guidance on facilitating courageous conversations; and personal facilitators to help shape the discussions and customize the sessions to each organization's culture.

The Day of Understanding directly ties back to the coalition's foundational commitments to make workplaces trusting places to have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion as well as implement and expand unconscious bias education.

"All of us, as leaders, are committed to making a meaningful difference in our workplaces and communities. This means taking action to bring our pledge to life, and creating tools and tangible experiences to engage and empower people to change behaviors and make an impact," said Ryan.

In an April 2017 survey answered by half of the coalition signatories, CEOs specifically asked for more ways to engage their employees as part of CEO Action's year two strategic priorities. With this in mind, the coalition recently launched a unique opportunity to engage citizens and employees through the "I Act On" pledge. The "I Act On" pledge is a personal pledge that any individual can take to commit to tackling bias and cultivating more inclusive behaviors in their everyday lives.