After George Floyd’s death in 2020 and the ensuing public outcry, many employers launched DEI initiatives to avoid being perceived as out of step with a changing world. But they failed to make the necessary internal changes to nurture these initiatives. For example, some appointed DEI leaders but provided no tangible objectives. Others failed to connect DEI in meaningful ways to their business practices, hiring and promotion strategies or their missions and cultures. As a result, diverse hires declined and workers on DEI teams lost their jobs at a faster pace than their non-DEI coworkers.