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Diversity and Inclusion at ScottMadden

Our Commitment

ScottMadden recognizes that each of our employees is unique. The differences in our backgrounds, experiences, styles, and perspectives are part of what makes our firm exceptional. ScottMadden is committed to building a diverse environment that is collaborative, and supportive, and fosters mutual respect and trust for one another and our clients.

Our Employees and Our Firm

  • Grow and develop employees
  • Build diverse leadership
  • Create leadership that is accountable for building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment
  • Ensure firm operations and processes are equitable

Our Clients

  • Engage project teams that reflect the diversity of our firm and our clients
  • Grow and sustain diversity across our practice areas
  • Expand diversity through a partnership with diverse suppliers (contractors)
  • Develop products and services that support our client’s diversity and inclusion journeys

Our Community

  • Engage and build relationships with D&I-focused organizations and networks
  • Engage and build relationships with colleges and universities (e.g., clubs, associations, HBCUs, internships)
  • Increase awareness of ScottMadden’s diversity and inclusion commitment

Our Leaders in Diversity & Inclusion

Brad Kitchens

President and CEO

“At ScottMadden, ensuring inclusive, equitable, and respectful treatment for everyone is central to who we are and is core to our values. We are committed to advancing our diversity and inclusion efforts as we work toward a better future for all..”

Kim Davenport

Partner and Director of Corporate Responsibility

“Diversity and inclusion are not just a “nice to have”, they are a critical part of our firm culture and our service to our clients. We are very proud of our D&I journey at ScottMadden”

Our D&I Pillars

Our Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) team leverages a three-pillar framework to focus the firm’s efforts:


Communication, Awareness, and Education

Our Communication, Education, and Awareness pillar focuses on creating a culture of inclusion through creative events, communications, and ongoing activities that increase awareness around the diversity within our firm as well as build an environment of inclusiveness.


  • Small Table Talks
  • D&I SharePoint Site
  • Employee spotlights
  • Inclusion Survey
  • Unconscious Bias Training
  • Ongoing Training
  • Firm Communications Planning
  • “theScoop” newsletter articles
  • D&I Cultural Events Calendar


Talent Attraction and Retention

Our Attract and Retain pillar executes the key D&I activities that are critical to increasing the diversity in our firm. Under this pillar, we focus on recruiting talented and diverse consultants; regularly reviewing our diversity metrics; and tracking and improving retention.


  • Recruiting:
    • Conferences (NBMBA, Veterans)
    • MBA recruiting events
    • Informational conference calls
  • New hire inclusion:
    • Neighborhood welcome
    • CoP outreach
  • Metrics tracking and reviewing
  • Retention planning
  • Internal process review
  • Client reporting and updates


Networking and Outreach

Our Networking and Outreach pillar allows us to create opportunities to connect and network within our firm by leveraging Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). This pillar explores opportunities to connect with professional organizations through outreach and through employees within our offices. This pillar also explores opportunities to network and share knowledge through conference participation.


  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Conference attendance and knowledge sharing
  • Subcontractor diversity networking
  • Networking and knowledge collaboration with clients and organizations outside of the firm

Employee Resource Groups

The goal of Women@ScottMadden is to foster personal and professional development and amplify the voices of all women at ScottMadden.

The Veterans’ Employee Resource Group (VERG) maximizes the professional relationship potential between the firm, veterans, and non-veterans.

The Village (Working Parents and Care Givers) provides a safe collaboration space for support and advocacy on topics related to working parents and caregivers.

Cultural Highlights


Talha Sheikh

Talha Sheikh, is a director here at ScottMadden. Read up on to learn more about Talha’s background and all the fun adventures he has been on in this months Employee Spotlight.


Inspire Scholarship

The inspire scholarship recognizes Black and African American students who excel both academically and beyond the classroom. Join us in congratulating our 2023 inspire scholarship recipient, Janelle Anthony!

Inspire scholarship 2023
For more information about ScottMadden’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, or for assistance with any else can, please contact us.
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