A founding hallmark of our firm has been the focus and intentionality of creating an environment of inclusion, not only through the search process, but throughout our entire organization. We embrace the fundamental notion that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) enhance the abilities of institutions to achieve their missions and have a profound impact in their communities. We are proud of our distinctive history as a woman-owned and woman-led firm. We are leaders in the national discussion about increasing DEI in positions of leadership. Our staff regularly contributes to trainings, speaking engagements, and interviews related to this topic, maintaining an active voice about the powerful leadership role that search firms can play in DEI. As part of our commitment, we also provide pro bono training and coaching to select groups and underrepresented communities. In our searches, we see our role as setting the procedures and tone for a fair, rigorous, and inclusive process. We actively anticipate, identify, and proactively address issues related to bias and inclusiveness in the search process. At every stage of the search, we offer counsel on best practices. We know that eliminating bias in the search process is not possible, so we bring intentionality and research-based tools to decrease bias at each stage of the search process. Diversified Search Group hosts monthly DEI conversations to ensure our practitioners are on the cutting edge of all client/candidate issues in this arena. Our entire staff undergoes regular training to build skills in mitigating bias and facilitating conversations that touch on race, gender, age, nationality, and other areas of identity. Underlying our practices is an intentional commitment to ensure that our own team reflects the diversity of our client base and the people they serve. We actively seek to build a staff that is diverse in race, age, sexual orientation, gender, and life experience, among other things. We track diversity both internally and externally and use diversity metrics as a measurement of performance for our recruiters.