Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Our DEIB philosophy is rooted in the fundamental belief that we are all people first, and employees second. We also believe prioritization and commitment are the first steps an organization can take to reach the goal to become an inclusive, equitable workplace. Our commitment is to work proactively and collaboratively to balance the application of best practices and discretionary effort in a way that fits your organization and culture. We do this by meeting our clients where they are on their journey and helping them move toward new momentum tied to belonging, psychological safety, and becoming an employer of choice.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Solutions:

  • DEIB Strategic Advisory & Consulting

    • Leadership Preparedness
    • Readiness Assessments
    • Journey Mapping
    • Employee Resource Groups
    • Program and Policy Assessments and Revisions
  • DEIB Data Collection

    • Employee Surveys
    • Focus Groups
  • DEIB Facilitated Conversations


  • DEIB Training

    • Foundational DEIB
    • Unconscious Bias
    • Allyship
    • Inclusive Communications
    • Inclusive Leadership
    • Custom Training

The Benefits of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in the Workforce

The case for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workforce is stronger than ever, as more and more companies are seeing how the positive effects of diversity influence market success and build employee and customer satisfaction. DEIB can drive real progress in your workplace, with benefits like:

  • Bigger talent pool: Organizations committed to DEIB recruit top talent. Diverse talent pools offer companies a greater selection of skills and expertise, and individuals from diverse backgrounds often bring unique perspectives and innovative ideas to the table.
  • Wider audience: When a company has a diverse culture, that means there’s diversity of thought. By inviting and accepting more viewpoints, your company can reach a larger audience and gain a competitive edge.
  • Improved business performance: The Diversity Wins study conducted by McKinsey shows that diverse workplaces outperform non-diverse competitors by 36%.
  • Greater customer satisfaction: Many organizations now require their business partners to meet certain levels of diversity, including hiring diverse workforces trained to be culturally sensitive.
  • Better employee retention: A diverse and inclusive environment can increase employee retention. It creates a sense of belonging that helps employees feel connected and committed to your company.
  • Improved problem-solving: When you have a diverse team, each individual brings a different perspective to the table. Team members can build off each other’s ideas more creatively and effectively when approaching problems from unique viewpoints.

As a top diversity and inclusion consulting firm, Exude provides services to help your organization harness the many benefits of creating a diverse workplace. Our DEIB solutions help your team challenge biases and make better decisions, empowering your business to become more productive and profitable. When you enlist our diversity consulting services, we will assess, design and implement the right DEIB plan for your unique business needs.

Our Approach

Our approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEIB) Consulting is to meet our clients where they are in their journey and help them move toward a more inclusive workplace. We know that each organization has its own unique characteristics that need to be considered when thinking through and implementing a strategy so we begin by fully understanding the current culture before making recommendations for solutions.

We offer a range of DEIB solutions that include Strategic Planning, Surveys, Training and Development, and DEIB Project Management/Implementation Support. We work with clients on any and/or all these areas to help them structure a strategy and an implementation/execution plan to ensure their DEIB efforts are impactful and sustainable. Our mandate is to act in a proactive and consultative partnership with your people. At Exude, our mission is to support yours.

Our Philosophy

We believe that training must be learner-focused and connected to your culture to be successful. We also know that every company is unique, so we design our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) programs to be tailored to address your unique culture and then make the connection to your business strategy.

Our programs are developed with a focus on the learner experience – one that is engaging, meaningful and relevant to the work they do. Whether delivered in person or in a virtual environment, each course is designed to be interactive and allows for participants to connect and find common ground, capture ideas and identify action steps. Each session includes tools and resources that participants can immediately implement to positively impact workplace and community interactions. Sessions are tailored with company-specific scenarios to meet client needs.

Our Team

Our consultants customize their approach to meet the development needs of our clients. Our cadre of highly qualified HR consultants have designations ranging from PHR to PHD, and provide support in all areas of human resources including diversity and inclusion, executive coaching, strategic compensation and general HR support. To learn more about our consultants and their backgrounds, click below:

Common Diversity Questions:

You have questions around diversity and inclusion and we have answers. Check out some of the most common questions we receive below.

  • What is workplace diversity?

    Workplace diversity is defined as similarities and differences among employees in terms of age, cultural background, physical abilities and disabilities, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

    Many workforces are making a conscious effort to have more heterogeneous workplaces that have a workforce with varying ages, races, culture and backgrounds.

  • What are the benefits of diversity in the workplace?

    Business Performance – A recent study, Diversity Matters conducted by McKinsey found that diverse workplaces outperform non-diverse competitors by 35%. More diverse workforces are able enhance creativity within a workplace because of diversity of thought.

    Talent – Organizations that are culturally sensitive and committed to diversity and inclusion are able to recruit top-talent. Diverse talent pools offer greater selection of talent, skills and expertise. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are able to provide organizations with innovative ideas and different perspectives.

    Customer Satisfaction – More and more organizations are requiring that their business partners and providers are meeting certain levels of diversity. In some instances, in order to grant business to a partner, organizations are requiring that employers have diverse workforces that are trained to be culturally sensitive.

  • How to create a culturally sensitive workplace?

    The first step in creating a culturally sensitive workplace is getting commitment from the senior team that diversity and inclusion is a priority for the organization. Once you have commitment from your senior team, you can begin to work with a diversity consultant to create a sustainable and impactful diversity strategy.

    At Exude, our systematic approach to cultural transformation begins with the assessment, design, and implementation of a comprehensive strategic diversity and inclusion plan.  We focus on “what really works” and help ensure that your diversity council, committees, resource groups, and strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives yield measurable impact throughout your workplace.  In addition, we help you infuse inclusion throughout your business practices and through training program(s) designed to raise awareness and build cultural competency. We find you a consultant who has the right industry experience to accelerate your organization’s diversity strategy.

  • Why is diversity important in the workplace?

    Legal Ramification – Although the EEOC does not mandate specifics around diversity in the workplace, there are circumstances where lacking cultural sensitivity can lead to legal issues. For example, if your workplace does not have practices in place that allows all employees to show up authentically, challenges may arise with their ability to do their job. This can then lead to legal issues around acceptance and respect, accommodation of beliefs and gender equity. Having a clear diversity strategy in place will help employees see that your workplace is inclusive and allow them to thrive at work.

    Unconscious Bias – Unconscious bias is the bias everyone has and can be a result of your upbringing, and social factors such as media. Although we do not consciously realize, these bias can influence the decisions we make. It is why top organizations are making a investing in a diversity strategy and offering unconscious bias training.

  • What cities does Exude serve?

    While we are headquartered in Philadelphia, we proudly serve clients in the Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia counties, the Lehigh Valley, New Jersey, Delaware, New York City and various other cities across the country.

Marcos Lopez, Founder & CEO

Working Together For You

Exude’s DEIB work helps you create a space where people can be their best self…and their whole self. We meet our clients where they are on their journey and provide the needed support to help them reach their goals.

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