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Leading Inclusively into the Future

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The COVID-19 pandemic is proof that adaptability is the key to an organization’s survival, leaving diverse and inclusive workforces with a distinct advantage over their competitors.

During uncertain times, with so much social and political change, diverse and inclusive organizations benefit from a wider array of voices and approaches, leading to higher performance, better decision making, and increased collaboration.

What does “inclusion” really mean?

Being an inclusive employer means providing an environment where every individual is accepted as an equal and valued member of the community. This includes the removal of barriers to allow for full participation. Inclusive environments encourage workers to speak up, go the extra mile, and work collaboratively, resulting in improved organizational performance.

Where can businesses start?

A recent Harvard Business Review study showed that what leaders say and do makes up to a 70% difference as to whether an individual reports feeling included. Leaders need to be aware of the potential barriers to inclusivity and future success. Promoting diversity and inclusivity is one way to demonstrate your commitment to leading inclusively.

County of Simcoe #ITSTARTS Campaign

Simcoe County is home to more than 61,000 immigrants speaking more than 100 mother tongues. The County of Simcoe is committed to promoting inclusion, acceptance, and equity within our vibrant, diverse and growing communities. The #ITSTARTS social media campaign helps raise awareness about the value and importance of developing welcoming communities in Simcoe County.

With the help of more than a dozen community sponsors, the nationally recognized #ITSTARTS campaign had a reach of more than 5.1 million in 2020. Each year, community ambassadors volunteer for a leadership role in raising campaign awareness in their organization and across social media. This year, #ITSTARTS has close to 100 campaign ambassadors including private sector leaders such as Honda of Canada Mfg. in Alliston and Raytheon ELCAN in Midland. 

To get involved in this year’s campaign, visit   

Want to learn more about inclusive leadership?

As the demographics in Simcoe County become more diverse, now is the time for businesses to evaluate their inclusivity approach in order to retain and attract employees. Many companies are now implementing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion programs into their corporate culture. 

Check out these links to a few community and business resources:

For more information on how to promote inclusive leadership and access to free tools and resources to enhance your business’ inclusivity, join us on April 5th and 6th at the Workforce Connect Conference! To register, please visit: