Friday, September 25, 2009

Girl Scouts of the USA Joins Others in Signing Diversity Compact

Girl Scouts of the USA has joined several of the nation's leading nonprofits in signing a compact to bring more diversity and inclusion to their industry.

The Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Compact will be announced later today on Capitol Hill, during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference, where more than 100 nonprofit organizations are engaged in a significant dialogue focusing on the leadership crisis facing nonprofits. The event, titled, Who's Got Next?: A Call for Change in the Nonprofit Sector, includes a panel introduction by Michael Watson, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity, Girl Scouts of the USA.

According to Watson, "Girl Scouts has a longstanding commitment to diversity, since its very inception in 1912. It's evident in our employee hiring and recruitment practices, our National Board appointments, and our efforts to reach volunteers, all of which is needed in serving a diverse cadre of girls."

At the Congressional Black Caucus event, the honorable Congressman Emanuel Cleaver will moderate and lead the discussion on the strategies being sought to retain and cultivate African-American leadership within the nonprofit sector. Other panel participants include Boy Scouts of America, the National Urban League, National Human Services Assembly, and Girls Inc.--all of whom will focus on topics that include increasing leadership--employees and board; diversity in nonprofits; strategies for recruiting and retaining diverse talent; and actions nonprofits and foundations can take to demonstrate a commitment to diversity.

For more information about the diversity compact, which encourages signers to create written anti-discrimination policy; apply inclusive methods in recruiting, hiring, and managing staffers; and to regularly assess movement toward creating a more diverse organization, look here!