Deloitte and The Female Quotient (The FQ), a company dedicated to advancing equality, today announced a strategic alliance dedicated to advancing inclusion in the workplace by furthering conversations, activating solutions for change, and collaborating to create measurements for accountability.
“Diversity is a core part of who we are at Deloitte. Today’s business challenges require a variety of perspectives and mindsets that comes from people of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences,” said Joe Ucuzoglu, Deloitte US CEO. “Collaborating with The Female Quotient is a natural extension of this mission, and as Deloitte’s new CEO, I look forward to working together to encourage inclusion and diversity in the marketplace and with our clients. It’s the right thing for our professionals and allows our clients to maximize results.”
As a formal alliance, Deloitte and The FQ will host and create equality-focused pop-ups at global conferences, companies, and college campuses where attendees can connect, collaborate and activate change together. The alliance will have a special focus on leading the diversity and inclusion conversation in the tech industry—where minorities and women may be under represented—in order to transform workplace culture, starting with C-suite leaders. It will also impact senior executives, brand marketers, media agencies, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and influencers.
“Historically, we create alliances with technology companies who offer our clients value and new solutions. The FQ offers equally important solutions grounded in diversity, inclusion and new ways of working,” said Terri Cooper, chief inclusion officer, Deloitte US. “Diversity in business is needed to leverage every company or industry’s full potential.”
“One of The FQ’s beliefs is that a company alone has power; together we have impact,” said Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient. “Deloitte also recognizes the benefits of collaboration and knows we are better together. Equality is good for business. Partnering on driving inclusion in the workplace will help make diversity goals a reality in the tech industry and beyond.”
Deloitte and The FQ will create dynamic content and share findings on the benefits and positive impacts of inclusive cultures in the workplace. Last year, the companies released the “Shift/Forward: The Future of Leadership” report which examines how leadership styles can evolve to meet the expectations of today’s workforce. Deloitte and The FQ will host a Cannes Festival of Creativity Equality Lounge and speaker series June 17-21.