Headway DEI Training is a 501c3 nonprofit providing science-based Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training that changes company culture from within. We’re disrupting the traditional top-down model so that anyone — employees, volunteers, facilitators & management, not just HR folks or consultants — can move their organization towards measurable progress. We offer our services to both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. In addition to increasing and improving belonging in the workplace via a healthy environment, we strive to provide training to registered nonprofits that can benefit from our help at very low or no cost.
Historically, most diversity, equity and inclusion programs, designed by HR professionals and lawyers, focus on limiting liability and risk-mitigation. Ironically, this can backfire because bias can be triggered or reinforced by attempts to reduce it. The billions of dollars U.S. businesses spend on D&I training is often wasted because they are not science-based and don’t focus on the need to feel included.
Headway DEI Training relies on the best research in sociology, psychology and neuroscience to study what does work. We use scientifically proven techniques to increase awareness of inherent bias. We also teach what to do to change biased behavior, and how to avoid the mistakes that can prevent workplaces from becoming equitable and inclusive. We integrate evidence-based strategies into a set of actionable programs that work, centered around collaborative problem solving, healthy communication and behavioral change.
When we focus on belonging, a fundamental human need, companies benefit tremendously. A 2019 study by BetterUp found that workplace belonging can lead to an estimated 56 percent increase in job performance, a 50 percent reduction in turnover risk, and a 75 percent decrease in employee sick days. For a 10,000-person company, this would result in annual savings of more than $52M.