Jennifer Brown is a diversity and inclusion expert committed to helping foster workplace cultures in which every employee is "Welcomed, Valued, Respected, and Heard." However, many companies' D&I efforts are falling short, as she tells me in this installment of Looking Forward on LinkedIn. Many business leaders are outsourcing those efforts to under-resourced diversity teams instead of doing the hard work and the hard introspections themselves.

But perhaps the D&I function can be "effectively woven into everyone's job in a real way," she contends. "Not just with lip service or for optics, but in a real concrete way, woven into every manager's metrics and performance accountabilities or comp structures. So that people who don't have that quote-unquote ‘job of leading diversity’ will still be leading diversity as part of their job."

Click here for the rest of our conversation—including Jennifer’s thoughts about how forward-thinking companies are owning up to their diversity shortcomings, how resistance to D&I efforts can be pervasive in organizations, and how younger generations will demand a more progressive workplace culture.