The Business Imperative Of DEI
Although some companies have been cutting back on their DEI efforts lately, Mita Mallick, the Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact at financial software company Carta, says now’s not the time to put DEI on the back burner and that there’s a business case for creating an inclusive workplace and fostering a culture of belonging. “Right now, in the US, 40% of individuals identify as non-white. That number is rapidly changing. That doesn’t include individuals with disabilities, veterans, the LGBTQ+ community, and others. If you don’t have those voices and talent in your organization I don’t know how you expect to stay competitively successful,” she said.
Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact, Carta
Mita Malik is the Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact at the financial software company Carta. She previously worked with leading iconic brands like Aveeno, Avon, ChapStick, Vaseline, Suave, and Dove, ensuring that black and brown people were represented in advertising campaigns. Mita is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, co-host of the “Brown Table Talk” podcast, and a contributing writer to Harvard Business Review, Adweek, and Entrepreneurial Data.
“It’s horrible to be at work and feel like you don’t matter. Nobody cares what you’re doing. People are stealing your ideas. You’re being dismissed. You’re being minimized. You’re being talked over. And so imagine the loss of productivity and what that does to you. So for me, inclusion is really about productivity and loss of productivity.”
Mita Mallick, Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact, Carta