CADIA News Digest June 2023



Annual Rev Up DEI Summit Highlights

Lottie Holland, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, Engagement and EEO Compliance, Stellantis shared a moving keynote address at Rev Up 2030 at Wayne State University. Holland talked about “reimagining DEI” as we all mature in our understanding of what DEI really is at a tactical level. She offered six suggestions and shared stories about what Stellantis is working on in each.

They are:

  1. Building diverse teams by going beyond visible diversity.
  2. Offer executive coaching and mentoring.
  3. Create inclusive cultures by considering how to include everyone.
  4. Don’t take the “foot off the gas” on D&I training.
  5. Consider Employee Wellness.
  6. Foster flexible work arrangements.

Listen to Holland’s keynote and find photos, our playlist, an attendee list and Rev Up topics on the event page.

Sincere thanks to Lisa Lark at Lisa Lark Communications and Nadir Ali at 3andathird Photography for their support of the event.

Panel discussion
Graphic of all Rev Up sponsors

Training for Inclusive Leadership

At the recent Rev Up conference, Lottie Holland, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, Engagement & EEO Compliance, Stellantis mentioned the Inclusive Leadership workshops that CADIA is conducting for the company's top leadership. Stellantis has made the commitment to hundreds of their leaders to offer them the tools and know how to grow their leadership skills. CADIA offers this training and customizes each offering to specific company needs and desired outcomes. A sample of training objectives might include:

  • Understanding the Case for Inclusion
  • Exploring Inclusive Leadership Traits
  • Practicing Perspective Taking
  • Creating Your Inclusive Leadership Commitment

Training can be conducted virtually live and on site live. We suggest that a half-day in person workshop may be most effective for this particular topic.



Member Success Stories

photo of individuals feet on a sidewalk with the words "Passion led us here"

Share your stories to help bring DEI to life.

CADIA would like to feature member companies' success stories as a regular feature of our newsletter, with accompanying social media posts. If you have good news to share on the DEI front, contact Lisa Lark for information on how to submit your story.

DEI can feel theoretical at times - but when companies share what is working for them and the results - DEI comes to life.


Happy Pride Month

At CADIA, we believe that every individual should be able to bring their authentic selves to work without fear of discrimination or prejudice. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Happy Pride Month! Check our out Pride blog and related resources.


New Members

As members, companies have access to the CADIA DEI Roundtable Series, workshops, CADIA certifications and more. Individuals have access to CADIA Academy and become part of the CADIA community. We look forward to working with new and renewing members on their DEI journey and learning together to make strides in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 


CADIA's renewing members

Member Info Hub

Members of the CADIA community can find information and resources, manage their events, pay invoices and update member information in one place. Look for "CADIA Community Login" on the CADIA home page to create a new account or access your existing account.



Baxter Automotive Group: Driving Employee Experience and Belonging

CADIA member company Baxter Automotive Group has distinguished itself by prioritizing an employee experience focused on well-being, purpose, belonging and growth. Recently, Baxter made significant investments to enhance this experience, including flexible workplace practices, expanded benefits including paid parental leave, leadership development for every employee, and a comprehensive diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategy. 

To see all they offer, check out the Baxter Auto website "Join Our Team" pages that reflect the company's vision: to be the retailer that best delivers the most remarkable employee and guest experiences. The website is a great place for ideas and inspiration from a company making inclusion and belonging a cornerstone of their DEI efforts. The content is engaging, and the design and user experience for prospective (or current) employees is compelling.

CADIA salutes Baxter for its dedication to driving success through its most valuable asset: its people.

graphic of Our Employee experience, showing 4 circles - well-being, purpose, belonging and growth

Baxter Auto Group is one of the nation's leading automotive retail groups, operating 20 automotive retail stores across the Midwest and Mountain regions and representing nine of the nation's top automotive brands, including Audi, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, INFINITI, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Volkswagen and Ford. 



CADIA Connects June:  Inclusive Benefits

Join CADIA Connects June 13 as guest presenter Brenda Armour, LIC, Area Vice President, Employee Benefits Consulting, Gallagher shares a presentation and discussion on inclusive benefits, trends and employer considerations.

By tailoring benefits to meet the diverse needs of employees, such as flexible work arrangements, parental leave, healthcare coverage, and professional development opportunities, companies can foster an inclusive culture that attracts top talent and enhances overall employee well-being.

CADIA Connects is a no-cost offering from CADIA. This hour-long Zoom meeting is an avenue for professionals to stay connected and share insights on DEI, leadership and career development.


CADIA Offers DEI Coaching:  Level Up

About DEI Level Up Coaching:  CADIA’s DEI Level Up Coaching™ offers leaders a safe environment to explore DEI themes, scenarios and strategies with a coach who can help them grow in their DEI competence. From there, they will have the confidence to lead diverse teams, stand in support of inclusive cultures, and light the way for organizational change in a way that feels authentic to them.

Coaching sessions are tailored to the needs of the individual and can start with DEI “101” or explore real life, real time organizational topics. Sessions can also delve into “difficult conversations” on privilege, LGBTQ+ issues, discrimination, bringing the majority along, calling in hesitators, managing conflict and many other themes.



CADIA in the News


In Case You Missed "Let's Talk Pronouns...."

On May 23 Stan Kimer, President, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer shared a presentation and talk Let's Talk Pronouns - Supporting Transgender and Nonbinary People in the Workplace at CADIA Connects. The  video and presentation are available for you and your teams. This would be a great Pride Month activity. 

Stan Kimer headshot and CADIA Connects logo

B 2 B Corner - Gem Software

Gem’s talent engagement platform helps recruiting teams use data and automation to improve hiring speed, quality, and diversity. Gem unifies data and context from the tools recruiters use every day, including email, applicant tracking systems, and other networks, to create a source of truth for all talent relationships. 

Gem's customers are savvy recruiting teams from industry-leading companies — like Cintas, American Axel Manufacturing, and International Paper — who understand that hiring the best talent in the market is key to maintaining their competitive advantage


For more information about Gem, visit the company website.



Did you know? CADIA offers different levels of corporate membership.  Check out Benefits of Membership.

For more information or to schedule a call about membership, contact Jennifer Harding.