SAN FRANCISCO — June 18, 2020 — Eskalera, the company behind a new category of employee experience and organizational analytics, announces today the launch of Inclusion Index, a new system that quantifies inclusive culture. The Inclusion Index gives much-needed real-time measurement to the performance of a company’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) efforts, and offers learning solutions and actionable steps to improve cultural hot-spots.

More companies than ever before now report that they are interested in meaningfully improving their diversity and inclusion. Now, those truly devoted to creating a sustainable change can receive 3 months of complimentary D&I training. To start, they are encouraged to visit: eskalera.com.

Eskalera offers large and medium-sized companies a fully digital platform of insights and solutions on D&I, and crucially, the ability to measure its performance over time. The platform also provides employees and managers with the knowledge and skills to build a more inclusive culture within individual relationships, teams and the broader company. The company’s products are already used by Cornell University, Oscar Health, and one of the largest financial institutions in the U.S.

Dane E. Holmes, the Co-Founder and CEO of Eskalera, ushered in a new era of D&I in the investment banking industry while serving as Head of Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs. Holmes states, “While many companies track surface-level representation, representation does not necessarily equate to inclusion, which is why so many efforts prove to be unsuccessful. To drive sustainable change, you need to undergo cultural change, and you need the right, high-quality measure.”

To fill this need in the corporate world, Eskalera generates real-time signals and metrics about employee sentiment through evidence-based micro-learning on diversity and inclusion. This data is married with core HR metrics to produce direct intelligence on the employee experience – a data fusion that leadership, CDOs and HR practitioners can use to drive systemic cultural change and to promote ongoing measurable progress.

Introducing Eskalera’s Inclusion Index

erived from a wide variety of anonymous data points through employee feedback on sentiment and culture, and combined with other HRIS data, the Inclusion Index uses a proprietary, machine-learning based system to generate a comparative ‘inclusivity score’ of a company’s culture.

Eskalera recognizes that data alone will not solve D&I or drive lasting cultural change. Therefore, the company offers HR teams an end-to-end solution that includes:

  • Breaking down Inclusion into measurable areas of Trust, Voice, Growth Mindset and Belonging
  • Measuring Inclusion in real-time over the course of an employee’s engagement, helping leaders to drive accountability
  • Overlaying Inclusion with traditional HR data to measure impact on recruiting, promotion, retention and productivity
  • Coaching at Scale with micro-learning modules that teach inclusive skills, emotional intelligence and leadership development – crucial needs for better workplaces in our current times.

Eskalera was created within super{set}, a startup studio co-founded by Tom Chavez and Vivek Vaidya that builds and funds enterprise-ready companies. Chavez, who is also a co-founder of Eskalera, is one of a few LatinX tech entrepreneurs and investors, and previously launched and sold two startups, Krux and Rapt, to Salesforce and Microsoft respectively for $1.2 billion.

Along with Holmes, Eskalera’s five co-founders combine backgrounds in D&I, AI product building and enterprise tech software to enact change in corporate America. Tolonda Tolbert, Ph.D., Co-founder and Head of Strategy and Culture, brings over 20 years of experience in D&I strategy and implementation, including at Catalyst and the Anti-Defamation League. Co-founder and Head of Product, Debra Kadner, has decades of experience building software products for Salesforce and Microsoft. Co-founder and CTO Roopak Gupta leverages his background as the former VP of Engineering at Salesforce to build best-in-class big data and machine learning products.

To see Eskalera in action, go to: youtube.com/watch?v=Aij4A-mc9Iw&feature=youtu.be

About Eskalera

Through a combination of AI, data science and an evidence-based approach to D&I, Eskalera enables large and medium-sized companies to transform their HR operations by improving employee engagement, productivity and growth. By capturing, processing and analyzing data from easy-to-use mobile and desktop experiences, companies gain a real-time view of their organizational culture and insights to drive measurable business results through people. Eskalera is based in San Francisco, CA. To learn more, go to eskalera.com.

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