Rock Ventures’ Trina Scott talks corporate diversity and HousingWire Annual
In today’s Daily Download episode, Trina Scott, the chief diversity officer at Rock Ventures and 2020 HousingWire Woman of Influence, joins HousingWire to discuss what she’ll be speaking on during her panel at HousingWire Annual on Oct. 8.
HW: What’s one piece of advice you would give to mortgage executives about starting the conversation on how to create a business strategy during social upheaval?
Trina Scott: It starts with the culture of your organization. We’re very proud of our culture, which is built off of our philosophies called “ISMs.” We are also very conscious that, even though we have a rich culture, we need to be able to make sure that our culture has continued to evolve and that we’re continuing to challenge the status quo of where we are as an organization. I’d say the first place to start is to ask: who are you as an organization? Do you know that? If you don’t, you need to establish that.
The second thing is to understand the business imperative around diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion. If it’s looked at as a programmatic, separate thing you will never incorporate it to systemic overall changes that need to be made to processes that exist. It’s important to understand the “why” behind this effort, not just for this moment but where it’s really driving the bottom-line impact.
I challenge all of us to think about who we are as an organization, establish who we are and use that as our bedrock. Most importantly, understanding our opportunity to be able to influence the outcome by incorporating equity, inclusion, belonging and diversity in every decision we make and, therefore, those two things build on a solid foundation of creating a program that’s sustainable.
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