The Dallas Mavericks are in the midst of a “100 day plan” in response to workplace abuses announced in a recent Sports Illustrated article released earlier this year. The article uncovered “allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior in the front office” which were either not known or ignored by higher management. Although the issues have been resolved in terms of firing the accused, the Mavs have decided to take it a step further to ensure these issues never happen again.
The new advisory council will be tasked with setting a new “standard for inclusion and diversity in the NBA.” The purpose is to tackle issues including “workforce recruitment and retention, philanthropy and community engagement, trends in the marketplace, programmatic strategy and public affairs.” The council will be co-chaired by retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown, and Katie Edwards, senior director of community relations for the Mavericks.
The council will consist of about 20 members and will meet quarterly, beginning on Media Day, Sept. 21. Members will hear updates on the Mavericks business and “provide feedback, advice and recommendations that will help the team meet challenges, identify risks and attain business-related goals,” according to the release.
This is a necessary first step to a solution that will hopefully result in the elimination of sexual abuse in the workplace for the team.