Feb 22

Growing up, Jeffrey Meyers lived in a diverse neighborhood. Now the CEO of DS Architecture, Meyers wants to ensure diversity is also represented at his firm.

DS Architecture joined the Greater Cleveland Partnership about three years ago, during which time Meyers became aware of the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Diversity & Inclusion Assessment. He had put a lot of thought into giving people of different backgrounds the same opportunity and training they needed to become leaders. He viewed the D&I Assessment as another step his firm could take to accomplish that important goal. 

Upon learning about the Assessment, he reflected on his time growing up and the positive impact of being around people from different cultures. He viewed the Assessment as a tool that could help DS Architecture further its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

“Diversity of thought is important for companies,” Meyers said. “And diversity of thought only happens when you have diversity of background.”

Taking action
Meyers acknowledged that receiving a rating for his company’s commitment to diversity could be an intimidating concept. However, he said he chose to view the assessment in a different light. “It’s an opportunity to see where we’re short,” he said, “and to come up with a game plan to formalize our D&I efforts.”

The Commission on Economic Inclusion’s staff also took the time to meet with Meyers to educate him and walk him through the Assessment, which made the process easier. “It’s important to see that a business like the Greater Cleveland Partnership volunteers its time for a program such as this,” he said.

All told, the Assessment only took about half an hour to complete and the information required for the survey is the kind of data Meyers believes senior leadership should already have on hand.

The experience of taking the Assessment has indeed shown Meyers and the DS Architecture staff where the firm could improve. As a result, he said he would like to use the firm’s assessment rating as the starting point for a multiyear strategy around diversity and inclusion.

For those businesses that might be on the fence about taking the Assessment, Meyers’ advice is simple: “I see no reason not to. I would ask people, ‘Would you take 30 minutes to fight cancer?’ They’d say, ‘Yes.’ Well, this is no different. You need to get involved.”

The deadline to complete the Assessment is March 15, 2019. The first 10 organizations that complete the assessment for the first time this year will receive one free registration for the Commission’s annual Inclusion Conference in August—a $125 value. If you are interested in participating, please contact Commission Program Manager Marci Blue at MBlue@gcpartnership.com.