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New survey looks at diversity, inclusion at associations

Values don’t always translate into tangible goals; more than 200 association executives responded to nationwide questionnaire

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June 16, 2017
By Lori Sharn

Associations overwhelmingly recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion, according to a new survey of executives at trade groups and professional societies. But the survey also shows much less commitment to creating comprehensive strategies with measurable results—from developing talent pipelines to incorporating diversity and inclusion principles in all aspects of an association’s work.

“What we’ve seen is that associations have committed to this as a core value,” said study co-author Jim Zaniello, president of executive search firm Vetted Solutions. “Fewer have been able to establish and review measures of success.”

Just 25 percent of respondents affirmed their association has performance indicators for diversity and inclusion.