- November 30, 2021
On November 30, 2021, the Aspen Institute Germany hosted an exclusive Brown Bag Lunch on the topic of “The Future of Belonging Begins Where Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DE&I) Ends” with Cordell Carter, Executive Director, Aspen US Socrates Program. Belonging at work is defined as being wholly accepted for who you are and what you offer. By looking at the context of the United States, research finds that the need to belong at work is second only to the need to belong at home. Traditional Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DE&I) training does not address this prerequisite in the workplace or in society. As a result, many employees in the United States feel isolated and marginalized. That robs employees and companies of growth opportunities and leads to increased employee turnover and decreased levels of production. What is the current state of acceptance and belonging at work in Germany? How can we foster a better culture of belonging in the near future? The discussion was moderated by Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany.