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Creating an Inclusive Workplace: Power of Diversity and Inclusion

Posted by Deanna Singh | Sep 2, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Kobena-Marcus J. Collins is the diversity and inclusion advisor for Kohl’s Corporate offices and serves as the diversity recruitment consultant for Bridge-Builder Professional Staffing. He has a passion for diversity and inclusion work, as well as helping candidates to get clear on what it is they are looking for, and to help them to find a great fit with an organization. His travels and multicultural background have given him personal insight into the importance of diversity and inclusion, and he brings that to the work he does every day.

In our conversation, Kobena-Marcus and I discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion within roles of recruitment. It is key for employees to see someone they identify with in leadership roles of an organizaiton so that they feel included, which leads to belonging and higher retention rates. He also shares his 5 R’s of Human Resources as we talk about internal versus external hiring for an organization. To connect with Kobena-Marcus, you can find him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kmjcollins

Topics In This Episode

  • What brings Kobena-Marcus joy

  • The available positions within an organization may surprise you

  • Creating an environment where team members can bring their most authentic selves

  • Examining ways organizations can connect with diverse candidates

  • The power of allyship

  • Tips for creating an inclusive space

  • Having a safe space that allows for positive conflict


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Written by Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh is a business consultant, speaker, and podcaster who is internationally recognized for her work in leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Deanna helps her clients create more equitable and inclusive work environments and engage more authentically within their internal and external communities. A gifted communicator, she is a champion for marginalized communities through her work. Her podcast, Uplifting Impact with a focus on looking at the intersection of Leadership and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, focuses on solutions and is directed at people who want to break the status quo. Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University.

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