Fortune’s Include U Challenge for September 1:
Today, take a breath and “check yourself at the door” before having a difficult conversation.
Instructor: Tim Ryan, U.S. chairman of PwC #IncludeU30
“In my experience, creating a diverse and inclusive community starts with having active and often uncomfortable conversations about the experiences, fears, and perspectives of those who are different from us,” Ryan tells Fortune. The need for these uncomfortable conversations became even more clear after the 2016 police involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, followed by the ambush attack carried out by a disturbed veteran, killing five police officers in Dallas. “I knew I had to say something.”
What followed was an extraordinary firm-wide commitment to hosting these difficult conversations. The success of these efforts encouraged Ryan and 175 of his counterparts to launch the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™, which commits this country’s largest employers to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. There are now more than 270 companies on board.
Today, Tim Ryan asks you to consider the struggles of others around you:
Post your thoughts on today’s challenge on Twitter with #IncludeU30