Diversity & Inclusion 21 day challenge at Great Western Bank.

21 Day Diversity Challenge

In October, Great Western Bank’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) council delivered an initiative that encouraged GWB employees to participate in a 21 Day Diversity Challenge. The objective was to gain greater awareness, insight and perspectives into the world around them. Our Nebraska associates embraced the challenge with great readiness.

Monday, November 23 concluded the 21 Day Diversity Challenge and employees were encouraged to share their experience. Through candid conversation, employees revealed they had unintentionally sheltered themselves from authentic discussions and through this, had grown in their social awareness. Even when conversations seemed guarded, and employees expressed concern over saying the “right” thing, there remained a realization that if we are not honest with ourselves and do not self-reflect, we cannot learn and grow.

These shared insights provided takeaways on how a more engaging culture can be fostered—both professionally and personally. The resounding familiarity was that most employees felt more aware and gained a greater sense of understanding of the values of others—all invaluable lessons.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are paramount in creating a culture where employees feel a sense of belonging, fostering engagement with their colleagues to work harder and smarter and building trust between employees and leadership. This 21 day challenge created excitement and supported the famous quote of Maya Angelou “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

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