Diversity and Inclusion at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Jill Kickul, Allison Gister, Jacqueline Orr
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies - USC Marshall
In 2016, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator undertook formal efforts to improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts with the hire of Estelle Reyes. Reyes built an internal team and external advisors to define and prioritize these efforts in the first year of her tenure. These groups faced numerous challenges as they attempted to increase the diversity of their staff and incubated companies, shift organizational culture to emphasize D&I at all levels, and move beyond diversity to also focus on inclusion.
The case explores critical issues related to building and changing organizational culture. It provides a good platform for understanding D&I and its importance, particularly with regard to early stage companies. The case also demonstrates the unique role that business incubators can play in aiding their incubated companies by including D&I advising as part of their offered services.
Human Resource Management
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North America, United States, California
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