The Small Business HR Podcast

Ep. 42

42. Making Meaningful DEI Decisions w/ Kimberly Bozeman

In episode 42, we sat down with Kimberly Bozeman to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Kimberly Bozeman

Founder and Principal Consultant
KNB Sensible Solutions

In this episode, we sat down with Kimberly Bozeman, Founder and Principal Consultant at KNB Sensible Solutions, to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and how even a small business can make meaningful change in every aspect of their organization.

During our discussion, we talked about:

  • Where the spotlight has been for the last few years and where it needs to shift to shed light on the broader impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • The difference between meaningful change and performative gestures.
  • Why it is important for DEI efforts to align with the existing mission, vision, and values of your organization.
  • What tangible, small steps HR professionals can take to improve policies and practices that support diverse employee experiences.

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It’s really important that people understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion is about much more than race. And while we have had an obviously very much needed spotlight on the black experience or ableism or people with disabilities, it’s about so much more.”

Kimberly Bozeman

I think it’s also important for that HR department of one to realize that the burden cannot be on you and shouldn’t be on you. You need to have support from your organization.”

Kimberly Bozeman

It’s just about being intentional. Sometimes we feel like we've got to do things so big and we forget that what's the most important is to be intentional, meaningful and to make meaningful change. That’s going to look different in every organization.”

Kimberly Bozeman

It matters. It matters right now to someone sitting at their desk feeling unseen.”

Kimberly Bozeman

Where can you inffuse diversity, equity, and inclusion into your organization that aligns with your mission, your values, and your vision because that is when it becomes meaningful and not performative.”

Kimberly Bozeman

Show up somewhere with people that are different than you and don’t think like you. Be intentional about that. Embrace the uncomfortableness that comes with that and listen. It doesn’t cost anything.”

Kimberly Bozeman

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