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Creating an Environment of Transparency and Accountability

Posted by Michelle Abendroth | Jan 27, 2022 3:00:00 AM

Ashton Henderson works as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Detroit Pistons, the tenth organization in the association to add this important role. He is a native of Tallahassee, Florida, but he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Michigan State University in 2010. He was a four year letterman, playing cornerback for the Michigan State football team, and while he was a graduate assistant at Michigan State University he developed and administered a freshmen mentoring program for football players called "Keeping It Real Mondays" which still exists today.

Ashton shares that from the time he joined the NBA in this role, at least 15 other organizations have added DEI positions within the association and that the larger association is really focusing in on this area of DEI. Ashton talks about some of the plans he had when he joined the Pistons, and some initiatives that he has created in this role since. He details the importance it had for him to conduct a listening tour when he took on this role, and how we can all do better in the spaces we are in on order to make them more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. To connect with Ashton, find him on Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn through the links below.

Topics In This Episode

  • Creating a better experience for those that come behind you

  • The relationship between transparency and accountability

  • Vulnerability lays the groundwork for change

  • Allowing for flexibility and change when it comes to strategies and programs

  • Recognizing the responsibility that comes with the platforms we have

  • Sports allow for opportunities to be human, share our vulnerability and passions with others, and to lift each other up


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Written by Michelle Abendroth

Michelle is a co-owner of Roth Media and helps podcasters achieve more with their shows.

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