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Thinkzilla Launches New DEI Scorecard to help Organizations Grow Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Focus

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Companies with ethnically diverse executive teams outperform their peers by a full 33 percent when it comes to profitability, according to a recent McKinsey report, and yet many companies still come up short in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced the launch of a proprietary DEI Scorecard to help clients improve DEI outcomes based on research, data, best practices and organizational goals.

The scorecard can be used for audits, to support training and programs, and to help organizations build more inclusive workplaces and workforces. Thinkzilla Consulting is the only firm that combines program development with extensive DE&I expertise, a network of thousands of minority-led business suppliers and full-service marketing capabilities,

"Every organization should develop DE&I goals customized to their team, their industry and their goals, which is why we launched this scorecard," said the CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting, Velma Trayham, who was recently featured in the Business News Ledger for her DE&I work. "Based on feedback from companies interested in growing their diversity and inclusion programming and outreach, the scorecard can be part of your strategic plan and overall growth efforts. It's all about inspiring change in a meaningful way."

After launching the United Diversity Business Summit in 2021 with a proclamation from the city of Scottsdale, Ariz., Thinkzilla's team in Scottsdale, Atlanta, and Houston has continued to innovate and support minority business owners through its work in supplier diversity program development & evaluation, Marketing Services and DE&I assessments and training.

"While everyone knows that diverse, inclusive and equitable companies do better across many metrics, not every organization knows how to get there," said Dr. Trayham. "Our data, our knowledge and our passion can help organizations of all sizes get the information they need to take equitable action and make a true difference."

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Thinkzilla Consulting helps organizations create a positive economic impact through cultural diversity. Making brands more relevant, Thinkzilla builds meaningful connections between brands and consumers.

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Pam Jeffords Joins Sapient Insights Group as Senior Partner to Lead Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Services

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Pam Jeffords has joined Sapient Insights Group as Senior Partner and will lead the firm's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consulting practice. In this role, Jeffords will develop and expand the firm's advisory offerings with a primary focus on data-driven optimization of best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion for clients.

"I am thrilled to join Sapient Insights Group and look forward to growing the firm's consulting offerings," said Jeffords. "Sapient already brings unique data-driven capabilities to clients seeking optimization of their HR and business practices. I am inspired to lead this important practice in an area I've been passionate about for more than 15 years."

Before joining Sapient Insights Group, Pam Jeffords led the diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting practices for PWC and Mercer. She has worked with various industry sectors, including Financial Services, Technology, Private Equity, Consumer Goods, and Engineering.

"Pam's world-class leadership experience and deep understanding of the power of a diverse workforce add tremendous value to our team and our clients," said Susan Richards, CEO of Sapient Insights Group. "We're excited to have her lead our efforts in advising clients with forward-thinking actionable insights."

About Sapient Insights Group

Sapient Insights Group is an Atlanta-based research and advisory firm specializing in equipping clients with data and insights that drive enterprise-wide change through better investments in people, process, and technology. Research and Consulting services offered include HR Strategy; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Change Management; HR Technology; and Talent Management.

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Dana Dillard to Join Housing Finance Strategies

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Housing Finance Strategies President Faith Schwartz today announced that industry leader and award-winning mortgage executive Dana Dillard will join her firm as leader of its diversity and inclusion practice and a principal in its expanding advisory services practice.

Dillard, a twenty-five-year mortgage veteran, most recently served as executive vice president at Mr. Cooper, where she initiated the firm's diversity and inclusion practice and played an integral role in representing the firm by advocating for the American dream of homeownership with industry and government officials.

"This looks to be an impactful move for Housing Finance Strategies," said Marcia Davies, chief operating officer of the Washington, DC-based Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). "Given Dana's prominent role in launching the CARES Act Borrower Awareness Campaign and her tireless championing of diversity and inclusion at Mr. Cooper - for which she won the MBA's D&I Award for a large company - she is at the intersection of some of the most prominent issues we are tackling in 2021."

Named by HousingWire as a 2020 Woman of Influence, Dillard managed the development of Mr. Cooper's diversity and inclusion program, where she led by example and fostered an inclusive environment. Under Dillard's leadership, the program grew to include more than 15 employee resource groups with more than 3,500 active members.

Schwartz went on to say, "Dana will be a tremendous addition to our team! We are so excited at the prospect of expanding our business to meet the growing demand for our advisory services as well as our planned launch of D&I. Dana is a natural fit and true complement to our practice."

Housing Finance Strategies was established by Faith Schwartz in 2016 as a professional services and advisory firm specializing in mortgage modernization, housing policy and legislative and regulatory affairs. Schwartz serves on a number of bank and fintech boards and has a lengthy record of hosting and moderating housing industry events. Since 2019, Schwartz has partnered in creating and delivering two national housing policy conferences.

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