Inclusive work cultures are more engaged, productive, and innovative.

Your people are your greatest asset.

When your organization embraces diversity, your differences become your competitive advantage. Organizations that have a DEI strategy create more inclusive committed teams and produce better results with greater ease.

What We Mean by DEI

Though it’s now used universally, the term “diversity” was coined by our co-founders, Merlin G. Pope, Jr. and Patricia C. Pope, back in 1977 to refer to the changing demographics of the U.S. workforce. Today, when we think about DEI at Pope, we understand it as the need for organizations to create an environment where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued.

How DEI Affects Your Bottom Line

After nearly 50 years of creating inclusive workplace cultures, we’ve learned firsthand the best ways to create the biggest, positive impact on your company: 1.) Understand where you’re starting from (your Current State), 2.) Engage your leaders in developing the vision of whom they want to be in terms of DEI, and 3) Develop the Strategic Plan for how to get there with specific milestones and metrics.

Advantages by the Numbers*

70%

more likely to capture
new markets

19%

higher innovation
revenue

75%

more likely to develop ideas into products and services

87%

more likely to make
better decisions

*All stats according to a report by the World Business Counsel for Sustainable Development and Korn Ferry

Our Approach

We believe that positive change starts with dialogue.

Guided by our DEI Roadmap, we create customized solutions for organizations of all sizes. Through in-depth consulting and highly effective facilitation we help build inclusive, high-performing teams that are empowered to make positive change.

Recognizing that organizations are at different points in their DEI journey, we tailor the DEI Roadmap to your organization’s particular needs.

1
Assess DEI in Your Organization
2
Prepare Leadership
3
Educate the Workforce
4
Build Supporting Infrastructure
5
Create a System of Accountability

Phase #1: Assess DEI in Your Organization
We’ll help you figure out where your organization stands in its DEI journey to establish a baseline, create a strategy so your organization can reach its unique goals, and measure progress along the way.

Phase #3: Educate the Workforce
We provide training sessions designed to teach core concepts that create a common language for DEI. These courses align with the various departments, roles and responsibilities, and levels of seniority within your organization.

Phase #2: Prepare Leadership
We’ll work to secure the commitment of senior leadership necessary to implement long-term strategic plans that create sustainable culture change.

Phase #4: Build Supporting Infrastructure
Having Inclusion Coaches(TM) is a critical part of any DEI strategy. They improve the quality of work relationships and help build an inclusive work environment for everyone.

Phase #5: Create a System of Accountability
Providing consulting and ongoing measurement tools, we’ll help your organization establish and maintain clear expectations for keeping your strategy on track.

Following the tragic events of May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis Minnesota there are many organizations that have popped up that profess to be DEI experts. In truth, many have merely pivoted to DEI recently to avail themselves of commercial opportunities. Conversely, Pope Consulting has been in the DEI space for decades and accumulated a wealth of wisdom, knowledge, data and experience to tackle any corporate DEI need regardless of the size of and sophistication of the organization. Our organization has benefited greatly by working with Pope to conduct (1) current state assessments, (2) senior leadership preparation and (3) unconscious bias/inclusive leadership training. The team that Pope has formed to assist in such efforts is Tier 1 and can only be describe as exceptional. I would strongly recommend Pope Consulting to any organization that is serious about their DEI efforts.

Justin Aida

Monster Energy

Small Girls PR was looking for a company that could provide affordable, yet effective Unconscious Bias training to our employees and leadership team, and Pope Consulting did it all! The Pope Team, including Merlin, Brandi, Amber and Grant, all were such great individuals to work with. The team was very attentive to our needs and each member was constantly there as a support system and really dug down into the roots of what we were looking to achieve. Our company took part in Unconscious Bias training for general employees, as well as Inclusive Leadership for managers. We also had a wonderful roundtable session for managers led by Grant, that really honed in on how to tackle Unconscious Bias in the workplace. This session was the most engaging and impactful experience, as leaders were able to take away best practices and actionable tips & tricks. Managers overall felt grounded in the reality of what can be said & done when dealing with gray area situations. Overall, it was a pleasure working with Pope Consulting!

Small Girls PR

Pope Consulting has delivered high quality DEI content to key leaders across all areas of our business. From new managers and senior-level executives to international transfers doing business in the U.S. for the first time, Pope has helped us build a common language around diversity. Our learner’s regularly name Pope’s Inclusive Leadership workshop as one of the most impactful trainings they’ve attended. As a growing retailer, Pope’s various offerings help us meet our people where they are. Whether that be our frontline workers or remote leaders, there has always been something for our needs.

Jessica Desormo

Talent Management at Lidl US.

I couldn't be happier with the experience we've had collaborating with Pope consulting. Merlin Pope and everyone on his team are professional, knowledgeable, and add value to every DEI and Leadership focused call they
have facilitated. Our employees get particularly excited when they hear Kendall is participating in/or facilitating a session. We've received
several requests for Pope to come back and speak to promote DEI on our teams and at EBRG sponsored events.

Gabi Bradley

Solenis

Pat, your session brought awareness of Diversity and Inclusion to these budding executives. The Illusion of Inclusion data was very telling. We appreciated the valuable insights presented on the signals of inclusion and our tendency to confuse status and power with inclusion. On behalf of the U.S. WIN NEXT Oversight Committee, Thank You Again!

Jhansi Kandasamy

Chair of U.S. WIN (Women in Nuclear)

As Holman has embarked on our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion journey of listening and learning, implementing changes and supporting our employees - Pope has been an invaluable partner. Their thought leadership and research has allowed us to raise education and awareness throughout all levels of the organization while delivering solutions that meet the needs of our evolving business and employee base. The Pope team is a truly talented team of experts and we are proud to have them as an extension of our HR team as we navigate this path together.

Kristina Nicoles

Holman