Posted by: danielrashke | October 7, 2019

Pledging to Diversity and Inclusion

CEO Pledge_Group Photo

CEO Roundtable, October 2019

In a meeting with Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers last week, I was among Madison-area CEOs who signed a pledge to diversity and inclusion in our workplaces. The irony, as you can see in the photograph, is that this group is distinctly lacking in diversity. I humbly acknowledge that while we may be part of the problem, we can also be part of the solution. We recognize that things need to change and we have made a commitment to working together to ensure that change takes place.

As owners of TASC, my wife Patti and I will always strive for a diverse and inclusive environment. TASC remains neutral and does not discriminate on the basis on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital or parental status, or any other category protected by law. Upholding a culture in which all employees feel welcomed and respected is one of my top priorities as CEO.

The fact remains that there are a number of barriers that prevent the advancement of equity and inclusion in our workplaces and our communities. Lack of affordable housing, quality childcare or reliable transportation are just a few of the tangible obstacles that we need to grapple with to make progress. These are complex issues with no easy answers.

Signing the pledge to support diversity and inclusion demonstrates that we see this complexity as a cause for focus and collaboration. Our common bond and a little humility (knowing that we won’t get it right every step of the way) will move us forward creatively and fearlessly, as we try to tackle these issues together. Click here to read the pledge.


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