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Flash Call: Reverse Mentoring to Foster Understanding of the Lived Experience of Diverse Employees

In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement, Ford Motor Company took immediate action to address their workforce and build awareness and understanding of the lived experience of African American employees within the organization, especially for their senior leaders. Danielle Sligh, Senior Manager, HR & People Strategy, and Lori Costew, Chief Diversity Officer at Ford, led the creation of the MentorMe - reverse mentoring program that paired Senior leaders with African American employees from various levels within Ford to share experiences that surround parts of their identity. These new relationships support a culture of inclusion and belonging at Ford and have inspired interest across i4cp’s member network. Now the Ford team is expanding their program to include other diverse employee populations.

Join Danielle and Lori, and other i4cp peers, for a lunch and learn session on August 11, 12-1pm ET to discover more about how Ford Motor Company is pursuing its DEI goals through reverse mentoring. We’ll cover the origin of the program, how this has impacted the employee experience, feedback from participants to date, and how Ford is preparing to democratize and scale the program. Ford will share practical tips and resources to build a reverse mentoring program with attendees. Come ready to share your questions and experiences with establishing reverse mentorship programs and other DEI initiatives in your organization.

This meeting is exclusively for i4cp member organizations. If you'd like to participate, please contact us to see if your company qualifies for membership. If you are an i4cp member, please log in to access the registration/meeting details.
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