Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mission
At Charles Aris Executive Search, we're committed to fostering an inclusive culture that embraces humanity’s greatest strength: our differences. We know that our differences make this firm, our clients and our community stronger. In order to make Charles Aris more diverse and inclusive, we will continue to do the following:
Firmwide training sessions with DEI Expert Mary Kendrick on diversity, respect and inclusion and unconscious bias
Continuing education series to foster open and honest dialogue and understanding among our internal team
Created and launched resource library to keep team members informed on the latest business news, current events and thought leadership around DEI
Annual sponsorship of Charles Aris team member Other Voices, an eight-month DEI community building experience
Change our narrative
Conducted inclusion survey to assess current inclusiveness of the Charles Aris culture
Established DEI committee to ensure that DEI is a part of our governance
Regularly post external content on DEI topics
Better equipped our team members with tools to speak more confidently with out clients and candidates about DEI topics
Acknowledging where we are on out DEI journey and being more intentional when recruiting DEI talent for our team
Inclusive leadership development training:
Added internal Diversity, Equity & Inclusion metrics to our firm's performance scoreboard
Revising the Employee Handbook to ensure Charles Aris policies and regulations support and protect an inclusive culture
Amended internal performance evaluations to be more transparent and timely, ensuring equitable feedback
Committing that by 2025, we'll have 15% racial and/or ethnic diversity in leadership and 30% firmwide
"One of our core values is that we pursue excellence. This pursuit is woven into everything we do. We approach diversity, equity and inclusion with the same mindset."
- Rebecca Conway
- Associate Practice Leader & DEI Manager
We've made strides in gender diversity – from no women vice presidents in 2010 to six in 2021. Today, women comprise 45% of our leadership and 54% of all full-time team members.
of Charles Aris leadership are women
of full-time Charles Aris team members are women
We've fallen severely short in regard to the racial and ethnic diversity of our team – especially at the leadership level.
Today, BIPOC employees comprise 8% of our leadership and 25% of all full-time team members.
of Charles Aris leadership are BIPOC
of full-time Charles Aris team members are BIPOC
We're placing an increased firmwide emphasis on identifying, attracting and retaining BIPOC employees at all levels and functions in our organization.
By 2025, we will have 15% racial and/or ethnic diversity in leadership and 30% racial and/or ethnic diversity firmwide.
racial and/or ethnic diversity in leadership by 2025
racial and/or ethnic diversity firmwide by 2025
Honoring the Greensboro Four
February is Black History Month, and Charles Aris is reflecting on important civil rights victories to celebrate the individuals who contributed to this fight.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Charles Aris: A Year in Review
In 2023, we have a robust plan to continue engaging in service work and charitable giving, and we hope that other organizations will follow our lead so that we can use our current momentum to enact lasting change in the business community.
A look forward into Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Charles Aris Executive Search
Amid nationwide grievances and social reckoning, the firm took its first steps to create a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee. Rebecca Conway, associate practice leader, led the charge as the committee’s head. She spoke with marketing associate, Anabella Berti, to share her experience leading the DEI committee and its impact firmwide.
"The strongest, most creative and most resilient companies in the world benefit from a tapestry of different backgrounds and thought. By delivering on these commitments, we are valuing, respecting and empowering all individuals to show up as their authentic selves every day."
- Chad Oakley