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Gary Reedy signs CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge

He joins 700 other business leaders committing to do all possible to build an inclusive work culture

Reflective of our ongoing commitment to advance diversity and inclusion at the American Cancer Society, CEO Gary Reedy recently joined a group of more than 700 company leaders in making a united commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace by signing the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge. 

According to the CEO Action website, the overarching goal of this effort is for leaders “to work collaboratively to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and in turn, improve corporate performance, drive growth, and enhance employee engagement.” 

“This pledge is another tangible sign of my personal commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Gary said. “The American Cancer Society must be an organization that embraces diversity and inclusion in everything we do. It is the right thing to do and makes ACS a more vibrant place to work, but it is also essential for driving the reach and relevance that is imperative for achieving our mission and revenue goals.”

While staff can read the full scope of the CEO Action pledge on, in signing this pledge Gary is committing the organization to four initial goals that we hope will catalyze further conversation and action around diversity and inclusion within our workplace and foster collaboration among the organizations whose CEOs have committed to this important effort. Those goals include: 

  • We will continue to make our workplaces trusting places to have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion.
  • We will implement and expand unconscious bias education. 
  • We will share best practices, as well as lessons learned from unsuccessful efforts.
  • We will create and share strategic inclusion and diversity plans with our board of directors. 

Staff who want to mirror this commitment are encouraged to visit and sign the I Act On pledge, committing to mitigating any unconscious biases, and act on driving more inclusive behaviors in your everyday life.

Certainly, the CEO Action pledge reflects the work the Society and ACS CAN are already working hard to accomplish. Progress points just this year include:

  • We’ve increased the overall diversity of our hiring from 20 percent in 2017 to 37 percent as of the end of the second quarter of this year.
  • We’re working with six diverse communities as part of our Robert Wood Johnson health equity project.
  • Within the last year, 95 percent of our staff completed diversity training, and 95 percent of people managers completed manger diversity training.
  • Our conference activations with diverse external partners have reached more than 70,000 constituents with cancer prevention and early detection and mission support information.
  • ACS CAN published a Cancer Disparities Chartbook – a publication that illustrates health inequities across the cancer continuum and highlights policies ACS CAN is pursuing to address the disparate disease burden.  
  • We’ve participated in 39 Pride events year to date.
  • We’ve integrated our Diversity and Inclusion value statement into national volunteer workgroup charters.
  • We’ve launched diversity and inclusion community engagement pilots in Los Angeles, Orlando, and Tampa.
  • We’re the conveners of 13 diverse organizations that are participating with the National Advisory Council on Health Equity.
  • We launched the Beat Cancer Like a Boss Campaign to build awareness of our organization and empower communities to join us in the fight to conquer cancer. 

TOP PHOTO: From left, Philip Monaghan, senior vice president, Talent Strategy; Catherine Mickle, chief administrative officer, CEO Gary Reedy; and Tawana Thomas-Johnson, vice president, Diversity and Inclusion.

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