“If DE&I is working like it’s supposed to, it’s interwoven in everything we do.” – Mishaune Sawyer

Mishaune Sawyer is the Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager at JE Dunn Construction, a family and employee-owned commercial building contractor founded in 1924. She has over 20 years of professional experience and is an expert in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space.

Theresa Schroeder is the Vice President and Regional Community and Citizenship Director at Turner Construction Company, an international construction services company proud to be a leader in diverse markets. She drives the community outreach at Turner Construction and is a seasoned professional in anything related to supplier diversity and diversity and inclusion.

Mishaune and Theresa join us to describe how their companies navigate the DE&I space and how they established a culture of diversity within their organizations. They share their professional experiences in heading supplier diversity programs. They explain that diversity isn’t just about minorities but everyone’s opinions being heard. They share how not everyone intends to offend and how we can use those moments as a learning opportunity. Mishaune and Theresa also describe the questions we should ask to move forward.

Topics discussed in this episode of Breaking Barriers, Building Hire Ground:

  • Mishaune’s and Theresa’s professional background and their DE&I programs
  • Their experience in supplier diversity and how they apply it in their organizations
  • How a law degree helps in maneuvering the DE&I space
  • Ensuring representation in everyday ads
  • Identifying and addressing problems instead of excusing them
  • Creating a culture of accountability starting from the interview
  • Why diversity is not just about minorities
  • Understanding that some people don’t mean to be offensive
  • Addressing the remaining barriers we need to remove for diversity
  • The questions we should be asking to assert supplier diversity from a cultural standpoint

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