Bias Barriers: Allyship, Inclusion and Everyday Behaviors

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Abstract

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement hosted its annual workshop in partnership with Deloitte on Feb. 7, 2020. Beth Gerwe MS’91, the North Texas Inclusion Leader for Deloitte and a leader within Deloitte Tax LLP, and Jeff Strater, a member of Deloitte North Texas Inclusion Council and social media marketing manager, led the interactive session. They shared findings from the most recent State of Inclusion survey conducted by Deloitte on how today’s workforce perceives inclusion in their organizations and the frequency of bias they experience. Gerwe emphasized that fostering inclusion is more than just programs and events. Everyday actions and behaviors are foundational to building an inclusive culture, and allies are integral to its success. Being an ally means supporting and empathizing with groups outside of your own identity. Gerwe and Strater presented 5 strategies to reduce bias barriers: showcase inclusive behaviors, define what allyship means in the specific context of an organization, promote allyship, showcase intersectionality and recognize that allyship is more than intention.

Speaker

Beth Gerwe

Beth Gerwe

Managing Director Deloitte Tax LLP Dallas, TX

Beth is the North Texas Inclusion Leader for Deloitte and a leader within Deloitte Tax LLP focused on business strategy. She has been with Deloitte for over 20 years focusing most of her career within Deloitte Consulting LLP serving clients in various industries with strategic transformation, merger and acquisition integration, technology implementation, and HR transformation. Beth also has performed strategic change management services for Deloitte through several acquisitions, organizational restructuring, system implementations and strategic transformations. Prior to joining Deloitte she served as the leader for Texas Instruments' Defense Systems Organizational Development group and began her career as an Industrial Engineer with General Motors. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of Texas at Dallas and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Parish Episcopal School. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors for Dallas Dinner Table, an organization focused on achieving an America without racism, one meal at a time.


Beth Gerwe

Jeff Strater

Manager Deloitte Services LP Dallas, TX

Jeff is a social media marketing manager at Deloitte with prior experience in higher education administration responsible for student development programs with a wellbeing focus. As a member of the Deloitte North Texas Inclusion Council, Jeff works with colleagues in planning inclusion programs and is the liaison for LBGBTQ programming. In addition to Jeff’s work at Deloitte, he is an avid community and LGBTQ volunteer. Jeff’s past involvement includes Dallas City Council appointee to the Planning and Zoning Commission; National Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign; Board member and political action committee chair of the Dallas LGBTQ Alliance; United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Young Leaders Society Steering Committee and Community Impact Grant Review Panel; Board member for the Rotary Club of Dallas- Uptown. Jeff completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Southern Illinois University and a Master’s degree at Kansas State.



Bias Barriers: Allyship, Inclusion and Everyday Behaviors