THE BEAM // Special Edition: Nonprofit 1.2
If You Can See It, You Can Be It
Nearly fifteen years ago, Geena Davis created the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and trademarked the phrase, “If she can see it, she can be it,” shedding light on the impact the media has on influencing the ambitions and aspirations of young girls. The Institute was founded on the idea that if we want young girls growing up believing they hold the same value and importance as men, it must be reflected in the programming we’re creating for them.
The same principle holds true for reducing disparities in executive positions. In order to increase the number of women and people of color in leadership roles, the commitment to creating a diverse pipeline must be reflected in the words and actions of the organization and its leaders.
In a recent Forbes article titled, “Nonprofit Leadership: How To Create A Diverse Pipeline To The Top,” author Kimberly Lewis talks about her journey to becoming the President & CEO of a nonprofit and the important role mentorship played in her success. Having experienced first-hand the impact leaders can have when they choose to invest in developing talent, Lewis outlines three things leaders can do to create a diverse pipeline: build bench strength, intentionally recruit diverse talent and create a diverse succession plan.
At LymanDoran, we’re firm believers recruiting offers organizations a ripe opportunity to increase diversity, particularly in leadership ranks. We would encourage you to work with your hiring managers and HR team to ensure your recruiting practices are inclusive and to set specific goals around hiring diverse leaders. If you choose to work with a search firm, don’t be shy about challenging them to deliver diverse slates of candidates. As extensions of your brand, your search partners should reflect your organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.