In the spirit of innovation, the following learning tracks are designed to explore and present critical issues related to diversity and inclusion in the Federal Government. Each track includes two discussion areas, which are reflected in the four concurrent sessions during the General Conference. Some sessions will offer basic building blocks and tactical application, whereas others will address strategic leadership issues, best practices and innovation.
We define workforce diversity as a collection of individual attributes that together help agencies pursue organizational objectives efficiently and effectively. These include, but are not limited to, characteristics such as national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and family structures. The concept also encompasses differences among people concerning where they are from and where they have lived and their differences of thought and experiences.
We define inclusion as a culture that connects each employee to the organization; encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness; and leverages diversity throughout the organization so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.
Innovation is best defined as the generation and introduction of new ideas, which lead to the development of new products and services, processes and systems in all areas of business activities. In relation to diversity and inclusion, innovation might be said to stem from cognitive diversity that visible and non-visible forms of diversity imply.