Announcing Walk the Talk, Edgility’s DEI Leader Cohort

By Travonnie Mackey

After a decade of helping leaders analyze their talent practices through a DEI lens, Edgility is excited to invite senior leaders across our sector to join our Walk the Talk Leader Cohort, kicking off this Fall!

Our Why… Inclusive systems only produce equitable outcomes when organizations are equipped with leaders who are doing the work themselves. Put another way, the people running systems must be moving along their equity journey for it to work! 

To meet this need, we are providing an immersive yearlong learning experience for executives who are looking for practical tools on their journey to becoming equitable employers.

The ConveningThe cohort kicks off with an in-person week of high-impact content and reflection. Led by Edgility Associate Partner, and talent management expert, Travonnie Mackey, participants will build trust and begin unpacking their role in DEI-centered talent system design. The cohort will launch in Nashville, Tennessee, from October 2nd-5th. Participants will dive into a discussion on the following topics.

  • Day 1: Identity, Bias and Power – What are you bringing with you when you step in a room/zoom? How does your identity influence this work?
  • Day 2: Diversity – Let’s get intentional about diversity. Is your team diverse, but you’re not sure what aspects of your hiring strategy led to this diverse team? Are you struggling to attract diverse candidates altogether? Is your organization diverse at the more junior tiers only? Participants will deep dive into equitable hiring practices and strategic talent development tools.
  • Day 3: Inclusion – How do you provide meaningful transparency and inspire trust in your team’s decision-making abilities? How do you create a culture where people feel heard? Participants will deep dive into engagement tactics that promote voice equity and sense of belonging.
  • Day 4: Equity – To what extent do your current systems produce disproportionate outcomes for talent? How do you shift it? Participants will deep dive into equitable compensation, performance, and promotion policies. 

After the Convening… Leaders will gain access to 3 virtual roundtables, 2 one on one coaching calls, 6 self-guided workbooks, and connections with 20+ leaders across the sector who are working through similar challenges and roadblocks. Additionally, every organization with a cohort participant will be provided Edgility’s Talent Equity Assessment, a staff engagement survey and report that highlights the strengths and needs of your talent management program through an equity lens.

Don’t Miss Out…Registration for this event is open NOW. We are intentional about creating an environment where leaders can process deep content together, so space for this rich staff development opportunity is limited! 

Worth the Investment… Let’s Talk Numbers

Did you know that the cost of lost productivity gets pricey! Lack of trust in leadership is a driving factor for staff disengagement. When employees are disengaged in their work because they don’t believe their leaders are walking the talk, it costs the organization 34% of that individual’s salary. For a staff member earning a $100,000 salary, that’s $34,000 wasted! 

Disengaged staff pull others along with them, so more often than not, there are multiple instances of poorly leveraged dollars in your budget.

And if that disengagement leads to attrition, the expense is exponential. For each employee lost, the cost to the company could be 50%–250% of his/her annual salary. (source: SHRM)

In Fall 2023, we’re offering an alternative… an investment to join the Walk the Talk Cohort allows you to foster a sense of trust across your team. It will equip you to address their concerns more efficiently and completely. You need a workforce that believes in your ability to lead through your DEI lens. Click here to learn more and get registered today. 

Your mission depends on it.


Put your values to work. Act on equity.

We believe equity isn’t a box to check. It’s a daily action. Someone’s unique identity isn’t something to overcome–when paired with the right opportunity, it becomes one of their greatest professional assets. We exist to empower social impact organizations to recognize and overcome unconscious bias, racism and sexism so they can build a workforce that reflects and strengthens the communities they serve.