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Thought leader in organizational culture, relationship building, and DEI brings new direction to transforming workplace culture

RALEIGH, August 3, 2022 – With a doctorate in Educational Policy & Leadership and a deep background in diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, Katie Gaebel represents a new way of thinking about what used to be called “Human Resources.” 

In this new era centered on “workplace culture,” leading organizations realize that we are past the days when Human Resources was a static office of policies and procedures utilized only for specific purposes, often around compliance and legal issues. Workplace culture is fluid and co-created by a company’s employees – for many workers culture is ultimately the deciding factor between staying or leaving a position. 

“When workplaces are built on a foundation of psychological safety and inclusion, every person can show up wholly and as their authentic selves,” said Katie Gaebel, Director of People and Culture at The Diversity Movement. “That authenticity drives innovation, fosters intellectual curiosity, and deepens relationships. Fostering a sense of belonging is good for business and essential for retaining staff.”

While creating best practices for pipelining diverse talent is a key priority, retention practices is at the center of Gaebel’s work. “Coming into an organization is analogous to looking at a home you’re hoping to live in. While the property might have some perks and curb appeal, if the inside feels unsafe or unwelcoming, you won’t stay,” Gaebel explained. “The same is true for workplace culture: we often stop at inclusive hiring practices, but retention is just as significant.” 

“A company’s focus on its people and culture gets to the heart of why people choose to work for and remain at an organization,” said Donald Thompson, chief executive officer at The Diversity Movement. “When they are seen, valued, and recognized for their unique contributions they are more fulfilled and that carries over into their lives outside work as well. A successful organization recognizes that everything orbits around relationships.”

Gaebel wrote her dissertation at The Ohio State University on Turkish immigrant women in Berlin, examining the factors that contributed to or hindered their success and pathway to higher education. She brings this global perspective to her role at The Diversity Movement, particularly after having studied, worked, and lived in multiple countries. 

A former educator, Gaebel has extensive experience as a professor of Education, teaching diversity and writing intensive courses, as well as work in student and academic affairs, enriching student lives through career development and experiential learning opportunities. 

About The Diversity Movement

The Diversity Movement offers an employee experience application suite that personalizes DEI for your organization and delivers real-world business outcomes. Our productized DEI journey is built on digital learning tools, content, and analytics. One key offering is our MicroVideo library, a learning platform created to scale DEI learning across the organization. We power scalable and sustainable workplace excellence via a data-driven approach focused on business results. Join the movement at www.the diversity 


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