Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Today’s employers are highly focused on creating and continually nurturing inclusive workforces, as is Apex.

Inspired by our philosophy to utilize an “inclusive lens” in all of our operating practices, our EmpactHR team is increasingly developing content to help our clients and other employers grow in their own DE&I journeys.

Come back to this page often for blogs, tools and podcasts that explore DE&I philosophies and journeys.

DEI Toolkit for HR Pros

Today’s workforce has a more diverse range of people than ever before.

  • But what exactly does “diversity” mean? Or “inclusion”?
  • Where do you begin if you’re just starting your DEI journey?
  • What about legal considerations or updating company policies?

Download this free toolkit for HR professionals.

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Lessons Earned in DEI: Conversations With

Apex Benefits presents a “Lessons Earned” podcast series devoted to discussing lessons in diversity. We chat openly with Indianapolis-area professionals who are at the top of their fields, who are actively bringing diversity and inclusion practices to their industries. Through these honest conversations and related content, you’ll have many takeaways to consider in your own DE&I journeys.

Join our HR Consultant and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Brooke Salazar, JD, as she has conversations with professionals on key topics surrounding diversity in the workplace.

Check out the intro video and podcast publishing schedule below.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Casually Caffeinated: Lessons Earned in DEI

Lessons Earned Podcast Publishing Schedule

Monday, December 6, 2021

Guest: Brian Richardson, Jr., Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Indianapolis Colts

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Guest: Elias Serrano, CEO, MS-IL Staffing

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Monday, December 20, 2021

Guest: Keisha Underwood, Senior VP of Human Resources at Kittle Property Group and IndySHRM President

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Monday, December 27, 2021

Guest: Jimmie McMillan, Chief Diversity Officer & Senior Corporate Counsel, Penske Entertainment Corp.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2022

Guest: Karrah Herring, JD, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Opportunity Officer, State of Indiana

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DEI-Related Blogs

  • April 4, 2022

    Lessons Earned in Diversity EP 5 | Karrah Herring, JD, State of Indiana

    Karrah Herring, JD, leads the charge to implement targeted strategic initiatives and partnerships for the State of Indiana’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Opportunity. She discusses her role in this episode of Casually Caffeinated, Lessons Earned in DEI.

  • March 10, 2022

    Today’s Total Rewards: When that Dog Won’t Hunt

    Employers are seeing increases in desired benefits everywhere from paid parental/family leave, PTO/sick leave, and compensation across the workforce. The more innovative and practical the benefit, the more likely employers will be to attract and retain top talent.

  • December 28, 2021

    Cross Cultural Mentorship

    Ways to bulid trust and a more inclusive culture in the workplace by understanding the mentee’s point of view.

  • December 27, 2021

    Lessons Earned in Diversity EP 4 | Jimmie McMillan, Penske Entertainment

    Building a culture in the workplace that strives on diversity and inclusion requires everyone to be on board and communicating. Penske Entertainment Chief Diversity Officer Jimmie McMillan understood that, and it’s why he and others at Penske were able to …

  • December 17, 2021

    Lessons Earned in Diversity EP 3 | Keisha Underwood, Kittle Properties

    Have you witnessed an uncomfortable situation in the workplace, but weren’t sure what to say to stop it? It’s called the Bystander Effect, and Keisha Underwood of Kittle Properties and Indy SHRM talks with Apex DEI Officer Brooke Salazar about …

  • December 14, 2021

    Fostering Inclusivity in the Workplace

    Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are not new concepts. However, as the threat of COVID-19 shifts, it’s important for businesses to not simply have a plan, but fully embrace those concepts. People have gained new and varied perspectives while …