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    December 03, 2013

    Diverse by Design action team deep dive: talent

    Diverse by Design is a joint project of Agenda 360 and Vision 2015, working in collaboration with many other companies and organizations, intended to grow our region's ability to attract and retain high potential talent, with an emphasis on increasing the diversity of our talent pool and making our community more inclusive.

    Following the release of Diverse by Design in 2012, nearly 200 people signed up to work on an action team and 15 executive leaders were recruited to lead teams In five areas: Talent; Employee Resource Groups; Multicultural Leadership Programs; Immigrants; and Minority Business Enterprises.

    Since June, each team has met three times and small groups have worked on specific challenges and ideas. A series of initiatives is emerging from the teams and 2014 will be a year for development of implementation plans and execution of the ideas. All of the initiatives are focused on making our region a magnet for talent, especially diverse talent.

     At the Diverse by Design: 2013 Leadership Symposium, presented by Fifth Third Bank, on November 13 this year, representatives from the Diverse by Design Action teams presented on their progress in 2013. Montoya Moses, PEP and James Page, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center represented the Talent Action Team. Here’s a deep dive of their progress.

    Leading the Talent Action Team are co-chairsSanta Ono, PhD, President, University of Cincinnati; William Gipson, Senior Vice President, Global Diversity and Research & Development, Procter & Gamble; and Patricia Smitson, CEO, American Red Cross.

    This group quickly identified three key groups on which to focus interventions: Emerging Talent (high school and college-age students); Young Professionals (age 20-34); and Mid-Career Talent (more than 10 years of work experience). Examples of programs or initiatives under development from this team are:

    Passport to Live Your Dream Here.
    This tool will introduce students to all of the assets of our region to increase the likelihood that they will stay in Cincinnati for college and to start their careers.

    Connect, Educate, and Amplify.
    Two ideas are emerging- first, a web-based platform that allows young professionals to network and connect while exposing them to opportunities to fully engage in the life of the community. Second, to support efforts already underway to increase the visibility and buzz about our region in markets from which we want to draw talent and to tell our story compellingly in media of all kinds. 

    After the Boxes are Unpacked. 
    This initiative is focused on mid-career professionals who have relocated to Cincinnati. It has three components aimed at reducing retention risk.

    • The Professional. Connecting them at work, connecting them with professional organizations, connecting them with community in a volunteer role.
    • The Spouse or Partner. Connecting them with employment opportunities if desired through high-touch connections. In collaboration with the team focusing on employee resource groups, we will develop a group for "trailing spouses" to better imbed them in the community.
    • The Family. Connecting families to schools, church, and other activities.

    Looking ahead to 2014: The Talent Team will be developing metrics for what success looks like as we build a more diverse labor pool and a more inclusive community. It will also work with key influencers in the talent attraction and retention process, such as relocation specialists.

    To get involved with an action team, click here.

    For more information or to Invest In Diverse by Design, please contact Mary Stagaman, Executive Director, Agenda 360, at 513.579.3129 or


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