Over the last few years, a vast body of research around the world from well-known universities, consulting groups and institutions, like Catalyst, Gartner, and McKinsey, for example, have documented that diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives benefit individuals, organizations, teams, and society. Much of this research also draws direct correlations between diversity in the workplace and improved business performance. In this masterclass, Ritu Paul will share her own personal story and explore why D&I matters. While connecting to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts and focusing on key imperative areas, like talent, innovation, reputation, and finance performance, the discussion also will consider how we can lead and support these efforts across our industry. If the D&I goal is important, we can certainly say the journey is equality important. With this in mind, Dr. Paul will share examples of both corporate and community initiatives that will give participants insights and inspiration that they may leverage in their own business practices and promote D&I across their sector(s).