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What a consultant brings to diversity and inclusion efforts

Groups that turn to outside help shouldn’t expect person to have all the answers but provide tools to set them on right path

Harris and BlalockHarris, left, and Blalock

Jan. 31, 2020
By Walt Williams

When organizations hire Doug Harris for diversity and inclusion consulting, it is usually for one of two reasons: They either are responding to some problem that has emerged, or they are trying to be proactive and see diversity as a business strength moving forward. He strongly advises groups to be in the latter.

“If you don’t have that diverse lens, sometimes you make decisions which really hinder the reputation and success of your association,” said Harris, who is CEO of the Chicago-based The Kaleidoscope Group.