SXSW 2022

DEI in the Workplace: Progress Over Perfection


When an organization embarks on its diversity, equity and inclusion journey, the fear of making a misstep—exposing a blind spot, saying the wrong thing—can be one of the most common, and fatal, impediments to progress. And as every aspect of office life gets reimagined in the wake of COVID-19, it’s even more critical to convey not just a DEI philosophy, but tangible actions for leaders, learners and allies to take in order to help people overcome that fear and foster a truly equitable culture. Join us for a discussion on embracing the philosophy of progress over perfection.

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  1. What are the tangible ways we can remove fear of making a misstep as an obstacle in an individual's DEI journey in the workplace?
  2. At a time when seemingly every aspect of workplace culture is being reimagined, how do we ensure equitable practices at every level?
  3. As an organization moves through its DEI journey, what does it mean to embrace the philosophy of "progress over perfection"?



Lonny Pugh, Director, Brand and Communications, Ad Council

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Culture
  • Track 2 Advertising & Brand Experience
  • Level: Advanced

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