Workplace inclusion and diversity is a priority for organizations in all sectors, and West Monroe Partners is no different. Inclusion and diversity are vital to our firm’s ability to deliver consistent value and differentiated services and solution, and more importantly, are embedded in our core values. As we’ve grown to more than 800 people in 11 offices across the United States, fostering an inclusive environment has become more challenging.
Understanding that you cannot have diversity of thought, experience and approach without inclusion, we began a journey in 2016 to strengthen our culture of inclusion. We started by gathering feedback from employees, former employees and clients, and enlisting outside partners to help us establish where we are today and where we want to go. Some of the results were encouraging and some were hard to hear; but we now understand our strengths and where we need to focus our efforts.
We want to be transparent about this journey with both our employees and our external stakeholders: our clients and neighbors in the communities in which we live and work. To that end, I will be publishing a series of white papers, one a quarter, that explore different aspects of inclusion and diversity. Each article will include perspectives from other firm leadership on what this effort means to them. I invite you to read the first article in the series, which discusses in detail the background work we completed late last year, and includes thoughts from our Chief People Officer, Susan Stelter. Please click here to read the article.
We want this to be a conversation, and I invite you to leave a comment below if you have questions or ideas as we embark on this journey.