Approximately one year ago, I stood on stage at GFOA’s annual conference and signed the CEO’s Pledge, joining more than 2,000 other chief executive officers who committed their organizations to supporting complex and sometimes challenging conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); implementing and expanding unconscious bias training; sharing DEI programs; and engaging the board in the development of DEI strategies. I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished over the last year, but GFOA’s DEI journey didn’t start in Austin, Texas. GFOA has recognized the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion for years, and we believe that the work we do to advance excellence in government finance is interconnected with our commitment to those values. Our members shape the policies, programs, and resource allocations in their communities, and their differences make us all stronger.
- Publication date: June 2023
- Author: Chris Morrill