Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

At Thought Ensemble, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are strategic imperatives. They are core to who we are today and the vision we want to realize tomorrow. They are woven throughout our culture, our processes, and the very foundation of our organization. We named our company “Thought Ensemble” because we value and actively seek out different perspectives, both internally and externally, because we know that bringing these diverse perspectives together is how we can best generate big ideas and solve even bigger problems. ​

Diversity is being aware of, respecting, and celebrating the differences that exist between each of us and valuing what makes each of us unique; not just what you can see — race and gender.

Equity is giving everyone what they uniquely need to have the same opportunity as others, and it’s about treating people fairly without favor or bias — not just treating everyone the same.

Inclusion is fostering a sense of belonging and crafting a safe space where people are encouraged to share their thoughts — not just inviting everyone to participate.

We embrace these concepts and foster a sense of belonging, not just for our employees, but for our clients, our vendors, and the community around us. That sense of belonging is what allows each person to contribute and what allows all of us together to make an impact. ​

We value collaboration, we value diversity in thought, we value uniqueness — this is Thought Ensemble.

DIVERSITY

Being aware of, respecting, and celebrating the differences that exist between each of us and valuing what makes each of us unique.

ACTION PLAN

  • Host one diversity-oriented event each quarter
  • Define the behaviors associated with our core values and intentionally expand their application
  • Define a plan to introduce additional diverse perspectives at the Leadership level

WHAT WE MEASURE

  • Race and gender composition of our Leadership, Ensemble, and recruits
  • Self-reported sexual orientation and veteran status of our Leadership, Ensemble, and recruits
  • Recruits by source
  • Academic background
  • Career/Industry background

EQUITY

Allocating tools, time, and resources based on an individual’s unique needs to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities.

ACTION PLAN

  • Update and deliver training on how to deliver effective, equitable feedback
  • Recommunicate the Professional Development stipend approval process and provide examples of how others have used the stipend previously
  • Communicate an updated Talent Development strategy

WHAT WE MEASURE

  • Participation in external training compared by race, gender, and job title
  • Self-reported metrics regarding consistent feedback and 1-on-1’s with Mentor and Team Lead/Engagement Lead
  • Stay and Exit Interview survey data

INCLUSION

Intentionality in bringing together and genuinely making every individual feel included irrespective of who they are.

ACTION PLAN

  • Update HR documentation to ensure language is inclusive
  • Formalize and schedule recurring touchpoints and Stay Interviews with employees
  • Develop and deliver conscious inclusion training for all interviewers

WHAT WE MEASURE

  • Tenure of employees
  • Employee sentiment about feelings of belongingness, value in their uniqueness, and inclusivity throughout the company
  • eNPS

DEI Thoughts from Thought Ensemble

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Self-Awareness is Key to Belonging

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Awareness of Self and Belonging

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