Ray Goldberg – Reconceptualizing Benefits From The Perspective Of DE&I

Ray Goldberg – Reconceptualizing Benefits From The Perspective Of DE&I

Ray Goldberg founded Pier Forward to help employers address DEI challenges in the benefits arena, improving organizational performance and addressing disparities. He has decades of experience in HR, benefits, technology, operations, and transformation, with leadership roles at marquis employers, and experience consulting with corporate clients. He actively leads the BennIE Forum, which brings HR leaders together to explore how DEI and Benefits can strengthen organizations. He also serves on the Advisory Board on Community Relations for his home town of Teaneck, NJ. Ray earned a degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, and is certified in Change Management; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace; and Mental Health First Aid. He has spoken and written about wellness, retirement, HR technologies, and leading change.

In this episode, Ray talks about reconceptualizing benefits— from the perspective of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion— to improve organizational performance and the lives of colleagues and their families.

January 27, 2022

[0:00-5:24] Introduction

  • Welcome, Ray!
  • Today’s Topic: Reconceptualizing Benefits from a DEI Perspective


[5:33 -10:38] What Does It Mean to Reconceptualizing Benefits?

  • Looking at the results of two independent analyses
  • Why organizations should be trusted partners to their employees


[10:50 -16:33] Do Organizations Have the Information They Need to Look at Benefits in This Way?

  • How organizations can use the information they have
  • Making sure employees understand how their benefit elections will affect them
  • Options for providing individualized support and the challenges they present


[16:42 -20:13] Where Should Organizations Begin?

  • Understanding and assessing existing strategies
  • Comparing your strategies to your competitors’ strategies


[20:22 -24:56] Final Thoughts & Closing

  • Understanding that it’s OK to make mistakes
  • Thanks for listening!

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