Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Kinecta’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council launched in 2020 during a pivotal point in history. We set out to recognize, advocate and foster a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion across our organization that is equitable for our employees and the communities we serve. We are committed to partnerships and activities that celebrate Kinecta’s diverse population. We take pride in our accomplishments and look forward to continuing to make progress on important initiatives that will have a positive impact on us all.
We launched our first employee training module regarding unconscious bias in the workplace, beginning a series focused on training that will benefit all Kinecta employees and their professional development.
Employee Resource Groups
The DEI Council supports employee resource groups, which are based on similar interests, identities and life experiences, such as race, gender, and sexuality. These groups raise awareness and give a voice to the underrepresented, allowing employees to network and socialize, as well as work on their professional development. Kinecta’s first African-American Employment Resource Group is currently under way, with plans to implement a group for employees who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their allies.
Kinecta Emerging Leaders Program
We created the Kinecta Emerging Leaders Program (KELP) to encourage and develop future leaders and diverse representation within our organization. The DEI Council supports the continued development of Kinecta employees who want to invest in themselves.
KELP offers employees mentorship opportunities and leadership assessments, including a shadowing program to learn about other departments, and the chance to meet with senior leaders from inside and outside Kinecta.
The DEI Council celebrated Pride Month last June, hosting our first Lunch and Learn to educate employees and spread awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community. The open forum gave employees the chance to have a candid conversation about issues this community faces, and how to move forward in welcoming LGBTQIA+ identity and solidarity.
Kinecta is committed to bringing expert panels and meaningful conversations to our employees, and we look forward to future Lunch and Learns exploring important issues like mental health awareness.
Spicy Green Book
The DEI Council is working with Spicy Green Book (SGB) to empower black-owned food and drink businesses to thrive in the marketplace. SGB provides free professional services to entrepreneurs in the community, including online marketing and advertising, content creation, photography and videography, and business development education.
Our partnership with Covenant House helps support young adults facing homelessness, 40% of whom are from the LGBTQIA+ community. Covenant House provides a safe haven for 18- to 24-year-olds, putting them on a path to independence and transforming their lives.
Kinecta donated $5,000 to the fundraising event A Night of Covenant House Stars, and is currently sponsoring a Financial Literacy Series, setting up youth who complete the program with a $500 savings account.
Kinecta partnered with Operation Progress to bring financial education to students born into underserved communities. We provided these scholars with education sessions focused on preparing them to go to college with the financial awareness to make responsible choices, ensuring future success.
Green Dot Public Schools is a network of public charter schools throughout California and Tennessee whose goal is to help transform public education and assist students in historically underserved communities. Together, Kinecta and Green Dot are providing equitable access to personal finance education, equipping these students with the financial literacy courses, tools and real-life experiences to succeed.
DEI Council Memberships