Jason R. Thompson

DE&I Expert - Author - Founder - DE&I Executive Coach

Jason R. Thompson

Jason R. Thompson is an internationally recognized expert, author, speaker, founder, and thought leader in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Expertise

Jason spent the last 25+ years leading and building award-winning Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs in a multiple industries, from sports, health care, technology, to higher education. In that time, he has been responsible for creating many practical DE&I techniques and tools that work across industries and drive organizational change.  Jason is currently the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) at Western Governors University (WGU), one of the largest fully accredited online universities in the US with over 121,000 students. The diversity and inclusion programs developed by Jason have won several awards at the local and international level. Most recently, the D&I Scorecard developed by Jason received the top honor in the 2016 International Innovations in Diversity Awards program from the Profiles in Diversity Journal. Jason was also recognized as a 2017 and 2018 Diversity Leader by the Profiles in Diversity Journal. In 2015, the USOC D&I department received the Diversity Champion Award for Excellence from the Colorado SHRM. Jason's work has been highlighted and quoted in the USA Today, The Washington Post, CNN, The New York Times, and The Guardian.

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The CAPE Model and Founding of CAPE Inclusion

Jason gets 2 to 3 calls a week from people seeking guidance on starting their companies' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs or the best way to move their program forward.  As a result, Jason developed the CAPE Model to help other DE&I professionals better manage and start their programs. CAPE is an acronym for the process he has evolved over the year to drive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion success. CAPE is simple: Collect, Analyze, Plan, Execute, and repeat. The development of this model has since grown into CAPE Inclusion. CAPE Inclusion is the only DE&I software built and founded by people with first-hand experience building and managing DE&I programs.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Industry Awards, News, & Events

Diversity and Inclusion Matters Tactics and Tools to Inspire Equity and Game-Changing Performance.

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Book Description

Diversity, equity, and inclusion has been a hot topic, especially in the tech industry. "Between 2017 and 2018, postings for diversity and inclusion positions had increased by nearly 20%--, and that number is growing." Many companies are struggling to achieve their DEI goals and develop successful programs. Thompson addresses one of the major issues: there is no handbook that helps people develop and create an effective DEI program. Most work is currently being done on ROI, what diversity means, and how to define it, but there are not books that help you develop an actual program. Thompson provides diversity officers with a blueprint, information, and tools to implement a successful diversity program.

 

Thompson's insights can jumpstart and help implement a diversity program that can gain immediate traction. He walks you through the process of execution on a weekly and even daily basis. His book shares practical, concrete steps about what data to collect and how to analyze and assess that data, choose the right diversity goal given your current resources, and how to measure the impact of your DEI efforts. He shares practical step-by-step lessons learned, the order you should build your program, and what things you should be working on. You can implement a program in which there previously was no roadmap.

 

You will learn:

  • How to build a successful diversity program with step-by-step instructions
  • How to manage and lead a diversity council
  • How to not just develop programs but understand the order they should be built to ensure success
  • How to get early buy-in and long-term commitments from CEOs by knowing when to push and what to ask for
  • How to set appropriate expectations from a DEI program for the CEO and the executive leadership team
  • How to understand your company
  • How to build a plan and program that is tailored to your company and its culture
  • How to set the right DEI goals, collect the right data, and measure your success
  • How to know the difference between a program that is failing and one that is taking a while to get going

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