DEI Work: Not a One-Size-Fits-All Solution

June 6, 2023

Are you tired of hearing the same old DEI strategies that don't seem to work for your organization? Then tune in to this episode of the podcast, "DEI Work: Not a One-Size-Fits-All Solution," with guest Amy Hanneman.

Amy shares her personal journey towards diversity, equity, and inclusion work and emphasizes the importance of human connection in leadership development. From a working-class background, she highlights the gaps in workplace systems and the need for long-term commitments from organizations to implement successful DEI initiatives.

But Amy's approach to DEI work is unique. She stresses the importance of building one-on-one relationships with people from different backgrounds to promote inclusivity in the workplace. This episode will challenge your preconceived notions about DEI work and inspire you to take a more personal approach to promoting inclusivity in your workplace.

So, if you're ready to hear from a DEI expert who understands that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, tune in to this episode! You won't want to miss Amy's refreshing and effective approach to DEI work.



  • Introduction to Amy's personal background and career journey
  • Importance of personal details on resumes
  • Amy's experience with Raytheon leadership development program
  • Transition to government relations and advocacy work
  • Love for advocating for others and diversity and inclusion work 
  • Building rapport and trust with others
  • Relationship building components
  • The value of seeing individuals as humans
  • Importance of trying in DEI work and readjusting
  • Micro-inclusions for non-leadership individuals
  • Senior leadership commitment for successful DEI initiatives
  • Northwestern Mutual's commitment to DEI
  • Workplace systems modifications for DEI
  • Positive results at Northwestern Mutual since implementing DEI initiatives
  • Talent management system at Northwestern Mutual
  • Importance of face-to-face interactions for talent
  • Formal and informal development structures
  • Intentional leadership development
  • DEI and leadership training are interconnected
  • Personal connection and flexibility in DEI work
  • Perception plays a crucial role in careers
  • Importance of getting to know your people as a people leader
  • One-on-one interactions for promoting inclusivity- Importance of building relationships with people from different backgrounds



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