Innovation is only as strong as the team behind it. While “investing in the team” often sounds like a paycheck issue, there’s much more to it than salary. (Though the pay gap is alive and well, including in additive manufacturing.) Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is an issue that goes beyond sensational headlines about racially-driven violence and Critical Race Theory. DEI impacts the personal and professional lives of everyone in today’s workforce. Understanding the differences between diversity, equity and inclusion and how to create a truly inclusive company culture where employees can bring their whole selves to work can transform a company. But how can a company implement these practices, how does that pertain to the 3D printing world, and what does investment have to do with it? Sarah and Kristin, leaders in both Women in 3D Printing and Nexa3D, will discuss the realities of collaboration, culture and the ROI of DEI — and why it really pays to pay attention.
- Identify and understand their own unconscious biases.
- Define the difference between diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Conduct internal assessments regarding team culture and makeup.