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Our inclusive workplace celebrates the differences among our talented employees while enabling them to embrace full ownership of their work and personal lives. Darcy Wilson-Jones, an audit partner in our Los Angeles office, shares her experience being involved in RSM’s culture, diversity and inclusion (CDI) efforts.

We can all strive to raise our awareness of other cultures and underrepresented communities. We can all become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Transformative change does not happen without being uncomfortable. Once we are there, we must assume positive intent and practice empathy.

I became involved with the firm’s employee network groups (ENGs) for all of the obvious reasons. I am an Afro-Latina (AACE, ¡HOLA!, Multicultural), a woman of faith (STAR, Interfaith), a mother of three (Family First) and the spouse of a retired Navy corpsman (VALOR), and I cherish the opportunity to engage in meaningful events and conversations with my colleagues.

It is easier to be authentic in environments with people that share something in common. Feeling a sense of belonging is one of the most valuable aspects of being part of an ENG community. I felt a sense of belonging as a member of our ENGs that I had never felt at any time in my career. This sense of belonging is what inspired me to become active in CDI initiatives in order to help others experience this same feeling. True belonging only comes when we can be authentic.

One of the areas in which I have always been involved, but as a result of CDI I am very passionate about, is recruiting. I am very active in recruiting; I think it is very important for our candidates to see people who look like them in leadership positions at our firm. I believe it shows them that they too can join our firm and reach their full potential.