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WHEN EXPERIENCE AND RESULTS COUNT, TURN TO DiversityFIRST™, YOUR COMPLETE DIVERSITY & INCLUSION CONSULTING AND TRAINING SOLUTION.

 

 
 

 


DiversityFIRST™ was founded by Armida Mendez Russell, internationally recognized as a leading pioneer in the field of Diversity and former founder and CEO of Mendez Russell Training & Development, Inc., since 1986; Dennis Kennedy, founder of the National Diversity Council; and Carmen Carter, the Chief Diversity Officer of the National Diversity Council.

DiversityFIRST™ partners with numerous Fortune 1000 companies, Nonprofits, Government Agencies and Educational Institutions to create respectful workplaces that result in operational excellence and lead to increased workplace productivity AND employee & customer satisfaction, acquisition and retention.

DiversityFIRST™ a public company, is the consulting arm of the National Diversity Council, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
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OUR MISSION


DiversityFIRST™ is committed to helping organizations achieve success by leveraging the full potential of their human resources.  It does so by providing a broad range of high quality, practical and cost-effective diversity management products and services.

All strategic development recommendations by DiversityFIRST™ reflect our holistic, Head-Heart-Hand philosophy. 

Head = Knowledge

The "Head" portion of our philosophy refers to two specific factors:

  1. Organizations implement diversity processes for very sound and "rational" reasons.

  2. Before they can internalize a diversity message, individuals must first acquire knowledge and "accept" a message at the cognitive or thinking level.


Heart = Empathy, Feeling and Understanding

This portion of our philosophy refers to the following:

  1. In addition to very concrete benefits, organizations also realize less tangible but equally valuable "soft dollar" rewards from implementation of a diversity management process. It is truly "the right thing to do.

Individuals move from cognitive knowledge to empathy, true acceptance and internalization of diversity messages



Hand = Action and Skill Application

Finally, action and skills are required to make any concept or idea a reality. "Hand" refers to:

  1. The fact that organizations, which accept the message, must take specific, concrete actions to ensure results.

  2. The fact that individuals who have truly internalized the diversity message behave and "do" things differently as a result of that understanding.

 


 

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