Ep 161: Inclusion is About More Than Diversity (with Daisy Auger-Domínguez)

by Joan Garry

In this episode, author and Chief People Officer at Vice Media Group, Daisy Auger-Domínguez to talk about the best starting place for nonprofit leaders who want to dismantle racial inequity and foster more inclusivity in the workplace.


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These days, lots of leaders in the nonprofit sector are searching for ways to hire more diverse talent. But, according to my guest, Daisy Auger-Domínguez (Chief People Officer at Vice Media Group) this is the wrong place to start if you really want to foster more inclusivity in the workplace.

According to Daisy, before asking questions like, “Why don’t more people raise their hands for board service” or “How can we get more people of color on our board,” you must first unpack what conditions led the organization to be predominantly white or an unwelcoming place for people of different backgrounds in the first place.

As a Latinx woman who contributes her skills, background, and expertise to FOUR different nonprofit boards, Daisy joins us today to share her insights on why it is so important to seek these answers as you embark on your journey towards a more diverse and inclusive nonprofit board and organization.

Her new book, Inclusion Revolution, is for managers who need the knowledge, skills, and confidence to shine a light on all their team members without putting people on display for optics while leaving them disempowered. So is our conversation in this episode.

Tune in as she talks about what it’s like to be the only person of color on a board, and how people who work for nonprofits can better equip themselves for difficult conversations about diversity and inclusivity in the nonprofit workplace.

Click play to learn:

  • Why is it so challenging to have difficult conversations about diversity and inclusivity in the nonprofit workplace? (9:21)
  • What is it like to be the only person of color on a nonprofit board of directors? (18:03)
  • What factors are important to consider for board service? (20:14)
  • What skills are developed as a result of being a board member? (35:18)
  • What do leaders need to know about the road to creating an inclusive and diverse board? (38:13)


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About Daisy Auger-Domínguez:

Daisy Auger-Domínguez is Chief People Officer at Vice Media Group and author of Inclusion Revolution. Auger-Domínguez kicked off her career at Moody’s Investors Service as a Credit Risk Analyst, Global Manager of Philanthropic Programs and as its first head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Talent Acquisition. Auger-Domínguez has since designed, led, and scaled organizational transformations at The Walt Disney Company, Google, and Viacom, and founded Auger-Domínguez Ventures, a workplace consultancy. Her writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, IDEAS.TED and elsewhere. A dynamic speaker and start-up advisor, her professional and civic contributions have earned her recognition, including Hispanic Executive, Top 10 Leaders; 25 Most Powerful Women, People en Espanol, ADCOLOR Legend Award, and the New York City Council Leadership in Community Service Award.

Contact Daisy Auger-Domínguez