Ranemaker Institute

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Ranemaker Institute was founded to help individuals, organizations and cities need help in understanding how to discuss inclusive innovation.  Organizations  often require assistance in creating action plans that take in account inclusion.  Studies show traditional diversity and inclusion training doesn’t move the needle alone. Companies in the top quartile for gender, racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have up to 35% greater  financial returns compared with their national  industry medians.

To achieve these results, it requires personalized  strategic and tactical plans that are aligned with your organizational business objectives.  Companies, organizations and communities need assistance with enabling, empowering and valuing all team member contributions.  Individuals may struggle communicating their diverse competitive advantages they bring to the table.

Often, diversity, inclusion and leadership training are not available at affordable prices for small and medium size businesses.  Even though these organizations employ two thirds of all Americans.   In addition, these organizations typically do not have human resource departments or individuals who can focus on this important area of the business that is vital to their financial health.

Today, businesses require partnerships to be successful. It is important to have a partner trained and certified in brokering multi-stakeholder partnerships to help enable the success of all diverse members in the partnership.

Ranemaker Institute was founded to help leverage Inclusive Innovation as a competitive advantage.  Our goal is to help create practical actions that can build inclusive and thriving organization

Our Philosophy

Vision: To create a world where everyone is valued and thriving at their best.

Mission: Creating more inclusive workplaces and communities that value the contributions of all team members and exciting a passion for their roles while making a significant increase in organizational performance.


Knowledge is power: We believe data and assessment drives positive outcomes. Through our process we create your own definition of diversity and inclusion that is backed by your business goals. We are constantly learning, researching and refining our tools, resources and methodology that we will share with you fully.

Integrity in all we do: When we think about integrity, we believe it is the concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. Our discussions and work are confidential and not shared unless your organization wishes to do a case study. We only make promises we can keep.

Respect for all: We believe that all individuals should be respected as it drives people to do their best. When they are valued, it opens them to a growth mindset to be more creative, collaborative and motivated.  Leading organizations and communities to greater innovations and happiness.  It encourages diversity becoming their competitive advantage.

Open and honest communications: We believe in transparency builds trust. We engage in reflective listening. We recognize every individual for their contributions. We believe sometimes the hardest discussions create the greatest growth opportunities and learnings. Everyone makes a significant contribution and the more truthful people and organizations become more innovative, profitable and happy.

Service and Partnership are the key: Our clients’ satisfaction is our number one priority. We believe in service to individuals, organizations and communities will help everyone reach their full potential. We know partnerships are important for growth, success and longevity and understand that the benefits from the alliance must be equally shared by all partners.

Our Approach

We know intuitively that diversity matters. It’s also increasingly clear that it makes sense in purely business terms.  A McKinsey Analysis Report says that 15% are more likely to outperform in a gender-diverse company and 35% are more likely to outperform in an ethnically diverse company. Diversity matters because it makes sense in purely business terms.  The financial returns of companies that invest in diversity are higher than their national industrial medians.  They also become the competitive differentiators over a period of time.  So, it should come as no surprise that diverse companies are achieving higher performances.    Diverse companies are better able to win top talent, orient themselves well with their customers and improve decision making.  Other kinds of diversity like age, sexual orientation and experience creates a global mindset and cultural fluency.  Women’s representation in the top levels of management has yielded positive results.

Inclusive Innovation
More diverse companies, are better able to win top talent and improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision making, and all that leads to a virtuous cycle of increasing returns.

We believe all individuals, organizations, businesses and communities should be able to access diversity and inclusion support.

Our service includes a comprehensive consult to help identify gaps and opportunities customized to your individual, organizational or community needs.  We believe in data and actions connected to your individual or business objectives.

We offer a suite of quality tools, services and training that will help you get there quickly, smoothly and affordably. That’s how we ensure your success.   We start with an inclusivity survey (better understanding your employees, partners and customers) to help create your baseline that you can use to measure your annual performance and determine what areas and strategies that will make the biggest difference in your organization.  We use practical, affordable and easy to use tools to empower management and employees.


Customized Diversity & Inclusion Approach

To drive diversity as your competitive advantage you need data, personalized strategy connected to your business results and action plans in recruitment, retention and advancement.

You can’t make significant organizational or personal changes without data.  This included pre and post assessment, creating a dashboard for monitoring and assessing your progress.  At Ranemaker institute we believe data and research makes good decision making.  We are interested in also partnering with organizations and institutions in doing research in showing diversity being a competitive advantage for individuals and organizations.

To truly move the dial in diversity and inclusion, organizations need a personalized approach that connects with their business objectives and company culture.

Many organizations are challenged with how to recruit, retain and advance their under-represented populations.   Individuals from these groups also do not understand how to position themselves to fully reach their full potential.   As employers have invested in these employees, it is important all is done to ensure they feel respected and their contributions are valued.

Workplace discrimination costs US $64 billion replacing 2M workers.  Many of these situations results from unconscious biases that can be easily remedied if understood.  We help organizations with practical steps in eliminating unconscious biases in everyday workplace environment.

Training and Development

The first step is knowledge and many organizations need to train their employees on understanding discrimination, harassment, unconscious biases, cultural awareness, stereotype threat, micro-aggression, growth mindset and transformational leadership to help their organization better embrace diversity and inclusion and understand its affect on business and how it can be your competitive advantage. We provide onsite training services.  Online training will be available in 2019.

In addition, to build an organization that values diversity and inclusion the team needs to also see how diversity and inclusion can be fun.  We provide moral and team building training events focused on diversity and inclusion.

With the challenges facing our communities today, it is even more important we value all our citizens and drive the importance of embracing diversity.  Communities who embrace diversity being a competitive advantage will see the economic development of their communities grow.  This takes involvement of public and private entities to make this successful. We provide public private partnership brokering and training to help communities drive successful diversity and inclusion partnerships.

Keynotes, panels, workshops and research

We have spoken at a number of conferences, events, universities and communities regarding diversity and inclusion.   Contact us today if you want us to speak  or present at your event, conference, or organization.  We are also happy to engage in diversity and inclusion research projects.  We are currently working on a three year longitudinal study on how inclusivity grows your competitive advantage, contact us if you would like to participate.