The Dental Care Alliance (DCA) has formed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council to drive change and organizational growth throughout the dental service organization (DSO). Comprising affiliated doctors, hygienists, and office and support staff, the council will be led by chief revenue officer James Nick, who will serve as its executive sponsor and chair.
“We acknowledge the need not only within our organization but within our communities to promote and progress toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive tomorrow. Formalizing this group is directly in line with our core values. We celebrate the differences that make our team members and affiliated practices unique,” Nick said.
“We learn from the best of each other and grow stronger together. We want all DCA team members, current and future, to feel welcomed and open to sharing their viewpoints for the betterment of the organization and communities we serve,” said Nick.
DCA is 49% non-White and 85% female, but those demographics both decline at senior levels of the organization, the DSO said. Turnover also is slightly higher for underrepresented groups, DCA said. Improving both are key goals for the council, which begins with communication and education, talent development and retention, and talent attraction, DCA said.
“Ensuring development of underrepresented employees and ensuring equal opportunities for them is paramount to future success of our organization,” said Jeff Koziel, DCA president and member of the council. “We are committed to unleashing the potential of our entire workforce.”