Back in 2009 a group of diversity and inclusion thought leaders began meeting on Facebook to discuss the importance of the diversity and inclusion field, as well as to provide professional support for one another. Since its inception, the informal group has grown into a dynamic organization that will go global on Friday, April 29th with it’s official launch. The group, the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals (ISDIP), was founded by Dr. Cassandra D. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Caldwell, an internationally renowned consultant, trainer, entrepreneur and scholar, founded the group because of the importance she sees in the work being done around diversity and inclusion. As such the group’s vision is “to be the leading professional association that increases competence and promotes excellence in the diversity and inclusion field globally.”
Also ISDIP’s chief executive officer, Caldwell says,
It is a historic day for the diversity and inclusion field! We are honored and humbled by the overwhelming response and support that the launch of the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals has received from colleagues in both public and private sectors.
It is the first comprehensive global professional association of its kind, as it spans across industries and across public and private sectors. Membership is open to all public-sector and private-sector professionals with diversity and inclusion job responsibilities and/or interests. Utilizing four strategic pillars – organizational development, supplier diversity, workforce diversity, and community engagement – all of ISDIP’s programs are meant to provide networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to working in the diversity and inclusion field.
“Our philosophy is to uplift our profession and operate in the spirit of inclusion, by sharing resources and information from many different organizations and initiatives to give our members a comprehensive global view of our field,” says Caldwell, an 18 year veteran and leader in the field.
ISDIP offers a variety of opportunities for its members, including programs such as Communiversity, regularly scheduled community development workshops, quarterly news video shows highlighting global diversity and inclusion initiatives and MOSAIC, a 12-month mentoring program that matches novice diversity and inclusion professionals with veterans. In addition to those programs, ISDIP offers monthly regional diversity and inclusion events coordinated by national and international directors, a daily online monitored forum to discuss diversity and inclusion topics of interest to members and a quarterly Global D&I Issues forums led virtually by leaders in the field.
The first ISDIP international conference will be held April 24-27, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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