TopRANK Managing Partners Achieve Certified Diversity Executive® Certification
The Importance of Continuing Education
Top RANK Managing Partners Anthony Arrington and Nick Ford recently achieved Certified Diversity Executive® certification through the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC). The CDE® Certification focuses on sixteen key competencies, including topics such as managing biases and blind spots, global best practices, race, power, privilege and more. Candidates must master the curriculum on each topic, before finally completing an exam. Top RANK Managing Partners completed the certification process in 2020, joining an elite group of Certified Diversity Executives® globally.
Top RANK is a diversity focused executive and professional talent solutions consulting firm, but they are more than just a talent search firm. The local consulting company encourages both candidates and employers to pursue continuing education opportunities similar to this certification. “An important part of the work we do is educate others on the many nuances of diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement,” said Managing Partner, Nick Ford. “By completing the CDE® certification, we are renewing our commitment to these topics and positioning ourselves to be even better teachers and allies both at work, and in the community.”
Personal and Professional Development
Both Arrington and Ford have extensive professional backgrounds where they witnessed major lack of diversity firsthand, especially in leadership. It was these long-standing issues and personal intersectionality that led them to the equity, diversity, inclusion, and engagement (EDI&E) space. “I’m a Black man with a disability, my wife is white, we have biracial children and Latinx family members. My business partner is a Navy veteran with a disability,” Managing Partner, Anthony Arrington said. “So the education received in the CDE® certification program is very important to us on a personal level, as well as professionally. ” Even with all this personal experience, there is still an opportunity to learn and grow.
Continuing education is important in every field, and especially when it comes to EDI&E. Changing demographics, emerging technology, and the continued push to globalization are leading to an increase in tangible business incentives for diversity, in addition to the moral reasoning. “We, like our clients, believe in the value of a more equitable and diverse work culture,” said Arrington. “We will continue driving these initiatives, now armed with the knowledge gained through the Certified Diversity Executive® program.”
About the Institute for Diversity Certification
The Institute for Diversity Certification is an organization specializing in forward-thinking equity, diversity, and inclusion leadership development. The organization was founded in 2009, and has provided training and certification for thousands of professionals around the globe. More information on the organization can be found on the website: https://www.diversitycertification.org/