YW Boston teams up with NEHRA to launch community of practice for DE&I professionals


On Tuesday, October 8th, several DE&I professionals from across the City of Boston joined YW Boston and NEHRA for our Diversity & Inclusion Community of Practice preview event. Ellie Harrison, Head of Human Resources for John Hancock, welcomed guests, followed by opening remarks from YW Boston CEO Beth Chandler and NEHRA’s Chief Executive Officer, Tracy Burns. Beth and Tracy highlighted the importance of convening diversity and inclusion professionals as part of a commitment to supporting human resources within organizations. 


As more institutions make a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, we are seeing a steady increase of professionals entering the field. A 2019 study found that 63% of the diversity professionals surveyed had been appointed or promoted to their roles during the past three years. In March 2018, Indeed.com reported that postings for diversity and inclusion professionals had risen 35% in the past two years. Considering this, YW Boston and NEHRA have partnered to bring together a community of professionals who can work collaboratively to share best practices and learn from each other about what’s working and what isn’t. Strategies developed by this community of practice can impact policies and practices within institutions in Boston, and in turn, help create more inclusive workplaces. 


Are you a diversity, equity & inclusion professional interested in joining YW Boston and NEHRA’s Diversity & Inclusion Community of Practice?

Contact Kathryn Henderson at khenderson@ywboston.org for more information.



About YW Boston 

As the first YWCA in the nation, YW Boston has been at the forefront of advancing racial and gender equity for over 150 years. As part of our work, we offer a variety of Diversity & Inclusion services to organizations looking to address barriers to inclusion and create lasting change. 

Our InclusionBoston program advances diversity, equity, and inclusion by partnering with organizations looking for improved results. Using our advanced assessment tool and the latest research on behavioral and organizational change, we partner with organizations to create an action plan and provide them with the resources needed to drive lasting change. Our customized, evidence-based approach builds internal capacity and promotes cultural change while supporting organizations throughout their journey.  

YW Boston also offers one-day workshops where participants explore frameworks, develop knowledge, and engage in dialogue. 


Click here to learn more about InclusionBoston and request your free consultation.