Chief diversity officers (CDOs) are set up to fail in many companies. These talented DEI professionals often experience tremendous disappointment and depart with really negative feelings. An alarming number of corporate CDOs stay less than two years. Given how essential DEI is to the success of today’s businesses, CEOs really need CDOs to stay and succeed. Inclusive Viewpoint: The 'CDO Revolving Door' is real within organizations. The reasons are many however, and the solutions are easy: 1. Understand why CDO's are needed before you hire them; 2. Support them with financial and human resources to ensure their success and; 3. Integrate DEI initiatives into your cross-functional operational imperatives.
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