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LISTEN: Glenn Stevens Jr. and Lisa Lunsford on the CEO Coalition for Change

 

Glenn Stevens Jr., executive director of MICHauto, and Lisa Lunsford, co-founder and CEO of Global Strategic Supply Solutions (GS3), joined Automotive News’ Steve Schmith on the Daily Drive Podcast to discuss the launch of the CEO Coalition for Change.

Lunsford, along with Stevens and the team at MICHauto, the Center for Automotive Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (CADIA), and CEOs from ten automotive suppliers developed the CEO Coalition for Change to address the need to further move the needle on diversity, equity, and inclusion with the automotive industry.

CADIA’s mission has been to double the number of diverse leaders in the automotive industry by 2030, while MICHauto’s primary mission has been to promote, grow, and retain talent within the industry. By combining their core objectives, CADIA and MICHauto were able to develop the Coalition to further move the needle on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

While the term D&I (diversity and inclusion) has been around for some time, the addition of equity remains relatively new.

“Equity means intentional equality, and you can not have equality without being intentional,” said Lunsford. “Equity looks at the ecosystem, where we are as a whole, analyzes that situation, and says we have to be intentional at distributing our resources.”

The CEO Coalition for Change has been working on four key areas: talent, innovation performance, reputation and responsibility, and financial performance. One of the largest focuses of the Coalition’s DE&I initiative involves building and sustaining economically sustainable community. Fair treatment and equity within the workplace translates to improvements in employee attitudes and work efforts. A study by Deloitte found that companies with diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures are eight times more likely to have better business outcomes, and three times more likely to retain employees, particularly millennials.

“What we do for diversity is really a win for all,” said Lunsford. “When people are acknowledged and they know that by giving their best they will be rewarded properly…then everybody gives their best and that goes to employee retention and developing the talent pipeline.”