IDEAL Consulting Services

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leadership

IDEAL increases your DEI maturity through Discovery, Organizational Strategy, Consulting, and Training.

It starts with Discovery!

First, we gather baseline data to assess current DEI maturity and engagement. Gathering data is a way to build and maintain the foundational phase of DEI.

Discovery includes quantitative and qualitative services, summarized findings, and a 1-2 hour executive briefing to your senior leadership team. We can use existing discovery results (for example from past organizational surveys) or  Archbright’s discovery tools.

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Comprehensive DEI Survey

Employees assess your organization is doing in 4 key DEI areas: Leadership; Culture; HR Policies & Practices; and External Practices. We also ask employees to provide information on the major identity markers – such age, sexuality, gender identity, racial identity, disability status, and military status. Once this assessment is completed, our IDEAL consultants will provide their recommendations on DEI strengths and opportunities to advance DEI in your organization. 

EES+ DEI Pulse Survey

Our Employee Engagement Survey (EES) + DEI Pulse Survey (DEIPS) is a measurement tool designed to uncover underlying disengagement within an organization and beliefs that employees hold about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The combined surveys set the stage for developing action plans to resolve any issues found through the process.

Focus Groups

For a deeper dive into key aspects of your assessment results and to better assess employee perspective, the IDEAL team at Archbright will facilitate focus group interviews. Generally, when interviewing employees, we gather qualitative data from a percentage of social groups who are underrepresented. Focus Groups are approximately one-hour, are confidential and anonymous, and the information is handled with sensitivity and compassion.  

One-on-One Interviews

To create more anonymity, we also offer one-on-one interviews with a subset of employees or with the senior leadership team. One benefit of one-on-one interviews is to build trust and safety. 

DEI Pre-Training Survey

The pre-training survey is an opportunity for organizations to understand the DEI educational needs and interests of staff. The pre-training survey will assess employee familiarity and comfort with different DEI topics. It will also assess employee interest in different DEI topics as well as the structure of the training. The pre-training survey is administered prior to the start of a training or training series.  

DEI Post-Training Survey

The post-training survey is an opportunity to measure participant learning and development post-training. The post-training survey is delivered after a DEI training or series of training. The survey also gathers data on future training topics.  

Organizational Strategy Services

Our IDEAL strategy services support senior leadership teams ready to align their data with benchmarking, create attainable goals, and confidently act. We offer a three-step process: Introduction to the GDEIB, Strategic DEI Planning (roadmapping), and Defining the Business Drivers. These sessions build engagement with the senior leadership team and will take place over a series of 1–2-hour meetings.

Introduction to the GDEIB: The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarking Institute (GDEIB) is an international organization that provides DEI benchmarking indicators for organizations to assess their DEI performance. Our IDEAL team will educate senior leaders on the benchmarking system and help them draw alignment on where they believe the organization is operating regarding 15 DEI categories.  

Strategic DEI Planning (roadmapping): The IDEAL team will then support the senior leadership team in identifying areas of opportunity at their organization. Together, we will create an attainable organizational short-term and long-term roadmap focusing on KPIs, action, responsibility, and timelines.  

Defining the Business Drivers: The last phase of this service is to help define and support the business drivers for WHY the organization is investing in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Leaders who can clearly define their WHY will feel more confident overcoming adversaries and will be able to sustain the concept of DEI as a lifelong practice, not a short-term checklist.

DEI Cohort Roundtable: Archbright's DEI Cohort Roundtable is a great opportunity to network with other leaders who are passionate about DEI. These virtual meetings will comprise of a small cohort of peers who are engaged in DEI at their respective organizations either as an executive sponsor, DEI leader, or HR leader. Our IDEAL consultants will faciliate these virtual meetings, supporting cohort members with DEI resources, advice, and lively discussions on key DEI topics and strategies. The DEI Cohort Roundtable is available as an annual subscription, and will be offered on a quarterly basis. 


DEI Workshops

IDEAL trainings (virtual and in-person) are privatized and tailored around your organizational needs. All DEI trainings are facilitated by a subject matter expert (SME) and handled with sensitivity and compassion. They are designed to be interactive and engaging with opportunities for breakout groups, whole group discussion, and individual reflection. 

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Engaging in Difficult Conversations in the Workplace

Learn key strategies on how to navigate offensive comments and behavior, and nuanced conversations around DEI. This training offers a framework on how to handle constructive feedback if you are committing an offensive action. Along with DEI-related topics, we  discuss the importance of engaging with team members inclusively, as well as how fear is connected to our motivation. Engaging in Difficult Conversations in the Workplace is a foundational, yet challenging training to help pave the way for braver conversations about DEI-related topics of interest.

Understanding Unconscious Bias

What is unconscious bias? How does it show up in our personal and professional lives? Where does it come from, and how do we know if we have it? In this interactive training, participants will better understand the origins of their unconscious biases and the impacts that can occur from our actions. They will gain better insight into common misconceptions, learn different types of unconscious biases in the workplace, and how social constructs can impact our beliefs. Finally, throughout the training, participants will gain awareness of how to mediate unconscious biases. This training offers a recruiting and hiring lens, something that all stakeholders of an organization can benefit from.

Strategies to Combat Microaggressions

Words, gestures, and actions can be perceived negatively, regardless of intent. Participants will learn strategies on how to respond to microaggressions, and how to demonstrate accountability if they are the offender of a microaggression. This training will challenge participants to shift their mindset, take accountability for their actions, and have the courage to better support underrepresented groups.

One-Hour Debrief

DEI training can be a lot to process. Our one-hour debrief is a virtual session held approximately one week following the training session. During the debrief, participants have an additional opportunity to speak courageously about their thoughts, and curiosity, or to ask questions. The debrief starts with a whole group discussion followed by small breakout sessions.

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