Theme: Leadership and DEI

Building an Inclusive Workplace: Integrating Lean Six Sigma in DE&I

Building a representative culture of inclusion


Practitioner Presentation
Wednesday, Nov. 1 Location Code
10:45am-11:30am Hilton Cleveland Downtown WS/31



This content will not be available on-demand.

RISE (representation, inclusion, social impact, equity) is the framework for diversity and belonging developed at Gusto. It’s a holistic mission to ensure that no matter where you’re from, how you look or how you live, you feel empowered and accepted at Gusto. Do you wonder: What are some of your leader's strengths and challenges when talking about diversity? Where are they on their diversity journey? At Gusto, people and participants report feeling seen and a sense of belonging, and their uniqueness is celebrated. The sum of nearly a decade of learning, RISE is its commitment to building a company culture that it's proud of, which represents the world and businesses it serves.


Join us for a practitioner presentation on how to effectively implement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) practices within your organization using Lean Six Sigma principles. In this session, we will explore a holistic approach to fostering a culture of inclusion and equality.

Learn about the RISE framework (Representation, Inclusion, Social Impact, Equity) and how to apply a similar framework in your organization. Diversity frameworks go beyond diversity quotas to create a truly inclusive environment where employees from all backgrounds feel empowered and accepted.

Key Points:

Aligning DE&I Strategically: Discover how to align your organization around a strategic DE&I implementation process. We will discuss the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion, obtaining leadership alignment and adopting a learning style and approach that allows teams to learn about DE&I practices effectively.

Lean Six Sigma in DE&I: Understand the "What, Why, and How" of DE&I and learn how Lean Six Sigma practices can be applied to this work. Explore how to implement DE&I initiatives with a data-driven, systematic approach.

Leader Standard Work: Learn how to integrate DE&I practices into daily management and leader standard work. Find out how to implement DE&I initiatives consistently and transparently, and ensure employees receive ongoing training.

Transformative Learning: Discover how to create a culture of education and awareness around DE&I, focusing on transformation rather than blame or shame. Learn how to meet your employees where they are in their DE&I journey and provide them with tools they can use both within your company and in the broader community.



Dannette Nelson (Dani), uses she/her/hers pronouns and is a seasoned expert with over 20 years of experience in legal, human resources, and diversity. She has successfully led startups and established companies through growth and challenging times. With a law degree and a master's degree in HR, she's demonstrated her commitment to personal development while working full-time and raising a family.

Nelson's most recent role at Gusto showcased her leadership in the diversity and inclusion space. She was the creative innovator behind the RISE diversity platform at Gusto, creating and designing leadership curriculum and programming. Her approach involved facilitating learning experiences that meet employees where they are on their DE&I journey, focusing on transformation and inclusion.