DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity.
DiversityInc is the leading source of information on diversity management. We are a consultancy and we publish two websites, www.DiversityInc.com and www.BestPractices.DiversityInc.com, as well as a magazine, published five times a year. We also produce diversity events, which average more than 600 attendees from 200 companies and have featured more than 20 CEOs of major corporations.
The core of DiversityInc’s information gathering is The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity competition. Now in its 14th year, almost 900 companies have participated. The data we receive in that competition gives us information on what defines top accomplishment and the correlated best practices necessary to achieve it.
DiversityInc’s CEO and owner is Luke Visconti. He directs all editorial and business operations of the publication, as well as events and the consulting practice. His column, Ask the White Guy, is a top draw.
DiversityInc was founded in 1998 as a web-based publication; our print magazine was launched in 2002.
Definition of Diversity Management
We define diversity management as the proactive management of race/culture, gender, orientation, disability and age to ensure equal outcome in relationships with employees, customers, investors and suppliers. We feel that the first two factors (race and gender) are the most important because they impact the treatment of the other three factors and are the most dominant loci of discrimination.
We believe that all people are created equally and therefore talent is distributed equally as well. We feel that an organization’s management of diversity can be defined and judged in absolute diversity metrics, most easily with human-capital statistics.
The inclusiveness of an organization’s culture can actually be quantified based on the human-capital results, especially for retention and promotion. Our data has demonstrated four stages of diversity management, each of which has distinctly separate human-capital results.
The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity
The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. Like diversity management itself, the list has evolved significantly and continues to be refined and improved to reflect how rapidly companies are adapting these strategies. This year, we added SAS software to dramatically increase our ability to analyze data and draw correlations relevant to performance.
Participation in the list has increased every year but most significantly this year as far more companies stepped up their D&I initiatives. There is volatility on the list as new companies gain strength and others work to keep up with quickly evolving best practices. The DiversityInc Top 50 list is derived exclusively from corporate survey submissions. Companies are evaluated within the context of their own industries, with more than 15 industries represented. Subsets of the same data submission are used to determine our other lists. The methodology for determining the list is data driven and the process is editorially driven.
The list is completely unbiased; companies that have a business relationship with DiversityInc receive NO preferential treatment.
DiversityInc produces diversity conferences every year. More than 600 people from more than 200 companies attend our major spring and fall events, where we’ve had more than 20 CEOs of major corporations speak. No consultants are allowed—it’s a peer-to-peer environment for senior executives and includes professionally facilitated discussion periods.
Unlike other diversity events, you cannot buy a speaking slot at our events; we select our speakers carefully, pay them and jury their presentations. Our gala dinner always includes top-level speakers. In the spring, we release the DiversityInc Top 50 list, and in the fall, we announce our unique-achievement awards, which are accepted by each company’s CEO.
- The 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Announcement Event | April. 22, 2014, New York City
Visit www.DiversityInc.com/events for more information on our diversity events.
DiversityInc is located in Princeton, N.J. More than half of our employees are women and more than 75 percent are Black, Asian, Latino and/or American Indian. Our diversity is evenly representational across all levels of salary and responsibility. DiversityInc offers partner benefits, 401(K) and tuition reimbursement. Our job openings are posted on our career center.
The DiversityInc Foundation
The DiversityInc Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization launched by DiversityInc Media in 2006. Its mission is to support and fund higher education. We currently serve Bennett College for Women (an HBCU), New Jersey City University (a Hispanic-serving institution and minority-serving institution) and Rutgers University. The foundation raises money through Luke Visconti’s speaking fees and distributes 100 percent of those funds to scholarship funds administered by the respective school. We have distributed more than $800,000 since 2006 and more than $1.5 million in advertising and other in-kind donations.
Our goal is to donate 2 percent of our gross revenue through the foundation.
DiversityInc Philanthropic Alliances
DiversityInc contributes generously and has alliances with several diversity-related charities and nonprofit organizations, including:
- ALPFA – Association For Latino Professionals In Finance and Accounting
- AscendNAAMBA – National Association of Asian MBAs
- Bennett College
- GLSEN – Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
- Greater Cleveland Partnership – Commission on Economic Inclusion
- The Greenlining Institute
- HACR – Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
- HACU – Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
- HBCU Connect
- Howard University Center for Accounting
- LEAP – Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.
- NABA, Inc. – National Association of Black Accountants
- NBDC – National Business & Disability Council
- NGLCC – National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
- NJCU – New Jersey City University
- NOD – National Organization on Disability
- The PhD Project
- Rutgers Camden
- Rutgers Future Scholars
- Rutgers STEP Program
- Rutgers Women’s Basketball
- The Thurgood Marshall College Fund
- USBLN – United States Business Leadership Network
- Walter Kaitz Foundation
- WBENC – Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
- WEConnect International
- WISE - Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence
DiversityInc donates funds and advertising to our partners.
DiversityInc Media, LLC is privately owned by Luke Visconti, with no outside investors. DiversityInc is a veteran-owned business.