Diversity, Equity and Inclusion The Challenges Facing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders Industry leaders share the DE&I hurdles they've come up against at MAIP Summit 2020 The panelists agree it's difficult to prioritize diversity and inclusion, and feel they have to continue justifying their roles. Credit: Margarita Corporan By Minda Smiley February 26, 2020 Diversity and inclusion executives are increasingly tasked with fostering equitable environments. People who hold these roles often find it’s difficult to prove their value, despite data that shows diverse workforces lead to business growth. Internal support from employees goes a long way when it comes to how these roles are perceived and evaluated. Diversity and inclusion are two areas the advertising industry has prioritized in recent years, not only with help from organizations like the 3% Movement and Adcolor, but also internally via executive positions dedicated to the causes. Minda Smiley @Minda_Smiley firstname.lastname@example.org Minda Smiley is an agencies reporter at Adweek.