A focus on inclusion and diversity provides a framework to appreciate and celebrate differences and create environments that do so. This opens up the possibility for creating a high level of organizational performance. Inclusive actions towards employees can reduce the sense of exclusion that often diminishes a sense of belongingness. When employees can’t feel that they can be their authentic selves at work, they have lower workplace satisfaction, find less meaning in their work and often have one foot out the door. Organizations who can find the distinction between ‘real inclusion’ vs. ‘surface inclusion’ and contribute efforts towards real inclusion supports employees feeling included, involved and accepted.

Philip Gibson, Director of Financial Planning at Winthrop University and Financial Advisor at Carroll Financial, answers questions such as "What does being an advocate mean?" and "How can advisors support diverse students?" to help advisors discover ways to be an advocate for marginalized groups.