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Focus on Community: What is DEI Really?

Updated: Feb 16

Introduction: Welcome to The Amber Stitt Show, where we dive into topics that can empower you to improve your financial and personal lives. In today's episode, we focus on the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) in our communities. Our guest speaker, Lined Mason, Vice President of Service and Individual Operations at Ameritas, shares her insights and experiences as an advocate for DEI.

Embracing Opportunities in the Insurance Industry: Amber begins by sharing her personal journey, noting that she spent a decade hiding from the insurance industry due to her belief that she lacked the necessary math skills. However, she discovered that there are various avenues to engage in financial services and help people in meaningful ways. Through her work at Ameritas, Lined emphasizes their sponsorship of inclusion advocacy and their commitment to increasing women's representation in the workplace.

Driving Change at Conferences and Beyond: Lined's dedication to making a positive impact extends beyond her organization. She actively participates in conferences to educate others and create change within the industry. She highlights the importance of self-awareness and focusing on our unique talents for peak performance. By recognizing and accepting differences in others, we become better humans, teammates, and business partners.

Key Takeaways for Implementing DEI: During their conversation, Lined asks about the main points to share regarding DEI implementation and mindset shifts. It's crucial to provide literature and online modules for employees to learn more and actively participate in discussions. Building a community that actively engages with the topic of DEI is essential. By exposing ourselves to diverse perspectives and consciously listening to others, we can create an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated.

Educational Resources and Personal Growth: Lined points out that understanding DEI goes beyond just complying with policies; individuals should take responsibility for their own education. Organizations should provide resources, both online and offline, to facilitate learning and growth in this area. By stepping out of our comfort zones and embracing different environments, we can actively contribute to making a difference.

Be a Catalyst for Change: Amber shares her belief that change requires physical participation in activities aligned with that change. She recounts her experiences in Washington, D.C., where she learned about impactful bills and witnessed the legislative side of the DEI conversation. By networking and seeking out diverse opportunities, we can broaden our perspectives and actively contribute to creating a more inclusive society.

No Excuses, Resources and Support Are Available: Lined emphasizes that there are no excuses for not getting involved in DEI initiatives, as there are abundant resources and support available. She offers herself as a resource for anyone looking to begin their journey in diversity, equity, and inclusion. By actively participating and engaging in conversations, we can drive positive change within our communities and organizations.

Conclusion: In this thought-provoking episode of The Amber Stitt Show, we've explored the significance of diversity, equality, and inclusion in our communities. Our guest, Lined Mason, has highlighted the importance of being proactive and intentional in our efforts to create a more inclusive society. By listening, educating ourselves, and actively participating in DEI initiatives, we can foster environments where everyone feels valued and respected. If you're interested in learning more about DEI or seeking guidance, reach out to Lined or explore the wealth of resources available. Remember, it's only through collective action that we can truly drive positive change and create a better future for all. Stay tuned for more episodes that empower you to unlock your full potential!

Timestamped Overview

[00:01:32] Exploring and promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion. [00:03:43] Appreciation for diversity and personal journey. [00:10:19] Inclusion in financial services, helping younger generation. [00:13:18] Understanding, inclusion, listening, environment, personal, exposure, educate [00:16:42] Participate, network, find resources, no excuses. [00:20:00] Thanks, Lynette. Great start to series.

Whether you are generally looking for information or are in the financial services industry and want to get involved with DEI more on the legislative side, please let Amber know. Amber can connect you to different organizations where you can make a difference!

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