JUNE 11 – Dave Barrett on Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism – an employer’s perspective




Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism: An Employer’s Perspective

  • How do you get people to understand the importance and value of diversity and inclusion?
  • How do you move people from judging to valuing all human beings regardless of cultural or individual differences?
  • How does an organization make an impact on racism?

These questions will be answered from the perspective of a manufacturing company – Cascade Engineering. We will explore the what, the why, and the how.

Dave Barrett
– has been with Cascade Engineering for over 40 years and is the Director of Talent Development with companywide responsibility for leadership development, employee development, and cultural development. Dave has held various positions in maintenance, operations management, human resources and organizational development. His ultimate role in the company is as a “Keeper of the Culture” working to create an organization where people love to work and helping Cascade Engineering become an employer of choice. Dave began his diversity work at Cascade in 1994 when Fred Keller (founder) pulled Dave and another manager into his office and said: “My company is not doing enough around the issue of diversity so we’re going to start a diversity program.” In 2012 the company took another step by putting a stake in the ground and declaring Cascade Engineering would be an anti-racism organization.

Dave has an Associate’s degree in Plastics Technology from Ferris State University and an MBA from Davenport University. He is a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources (SCPSM) from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He has a certificate in Organizational Development from the National Training Laboratory.

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