August 11, 2021 (Chicago) — For the second year in a row, Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media), named UScellular to its Inclusion Index. The fifth annual Inclusion Index helps organizations understand trends and gaps in demographic representation, create a road map to drive internal change, and identify diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) solutions to close the gaps. Organizations provided data and were measured in three key areas: best practices in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of people from historically underrepresented groups—women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people; inclusive corporate culture, including leadership accountability; and demographic diversity for women and racial/ethnic minorities. This year, questions on how organizations are addressing racism were included in the survey.
“UScellular strives to create an inclusive culture where our differences are embraced and celebrated,” said Deirdre Drake, executive vice president and chief people officer for UScellular. “We are pleased to be listed on the Inclusion Index, but we know there is still more work to do to grow a diverse workplace.”
UScellular was among the 44 organizations recognized for creating an inclusive workplace. This year, 193 organizations applied to participate in Seramount’s 2021 Inclusion Index (formerly known as the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index). Completed applications were collected online from December 2020 through March 2021.
“The need to address inclusion in the workplace continues to be a priority for corporate America,” says Katie Oertli Mooney, Vice President of Diversity Best Practices at Seramount. “Progress has been made, but we must remain steadfast in our efforts. We are proud to recognize our Inclusion Index companies for their dedication and for putting in the necessary work to effect real, sustainable change.”
UScellular’s commitment to a culture of inclusivity has garnered several awards over the past year, including the Multicultural Woman’s Award, Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity and Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.
UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with UScellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.
Seramount is a strategic professional-services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Over four decades, partnering with some of the most iconic companies in the world, we’ve built a deep, data-driven understanding of the employee experience, which lays the groundwork for everything we do. Our comprehensive DE&I toolkit includes actionable research and insights, membership, strategic guidance and consulting, and inspiring events, meeting each client’s needs no matter where they are on their journey, and guiding them along an ever-changing landscape. Seramount has empowered more than 450 organizations to realize the business benefits of diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more at seramount.com.
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