How Lean Optimizes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the Workplace

Everyone must be responsible for doing the work every day to reframe and redesign the biases/inequities rooted in policies and practices. The shift in culture and method is accomplished by applying the two pillars of Lean: continuous improvement and demonstrating respect for people, and creating opportunities for participants to learn, share, practice, and grow in a safe environment.
After our session, participants will:
1. Understand the purpose of the #RootCauseRacism® movement and the connection to continuous improvement methodologies (primarily the Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle)
2. Understand a basic construct on bias, stereotypes, and microaggressions
3. Identify ways to link the principles of Lean to your organization’s vision, mission, and DEIA initiatives using the 10 Principles of Lean Leadership.

 

 

 

About Deondra R. Wardelle

Deondra R. Wardelle is a visionary leader, problem solver, organizer, motivational speaker, and owner of On To the Next One Consulting, LLC. She also coaches individuals and organizations in achieving and sustaining transformative change. Her specialties include:

  1. Empowering and developing individuals and groups toward achieving their personal and professional goals through strategy and alignment workshops.
  2. Operationalizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace through continuous improvement methodologies to foster psychologically safe environments where workgroups and individuals thrive.

Deondra has a diverse professional background. Her former roles include Chief Strategy Officer at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Director of Performance Excellence for a global leader in the paper/packaging industry. While working in the Performance Excellence space, she and her team led Continuous Improvement projects for more than 70 facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, Deondra has also worked as a corporate trainer, project manager, human resources manager, banking manager and has held various operations management roles.

A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Deondra possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications. She has also pursued Leadership Studies at the Louisville Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned her Health Coach certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

Deondra’s purpose is to help organizations, groups, and individuals overcome obstacles and achieve their grandest visions and goals – one step at a time. Deondra’s current passion project is the #RootCauseRacism® movement, a global initiative to end systemic racism and social injustice.