Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Impact

At CTS Impact, we are in the business of empowering people.

We believe this work begins within our own team, but should not be confined solely to our four walls. As with all the work we do, CTS Impact champions diversity, equity and inclusion with a holistic approach. It’s just how we do business—intentional, actionable initiatives that yield real results for our clients and for the professional development of our amazing staff.

As a market leader, CTS Impact is one of the original members of the YWCA’s Racial Justice League. Diversity, equity and inclusiveness are core to who we are and how we work. We hold a collective commitment to foster an environment where all differences are valued, practices are equitable and everyone experiences a sense of welcome and belonging. We constantly strive to create an environment where people feel, and are valued, for who we are, have a sense of belonging, and are inspired to contribute our personal best in every encounter. The company is continually focused on maintaining the strategy, policies and accountability in place to sustain a diverse workforce, equitable processes and systems, and an inclusive environment.

Our Colleagues

For our entire 20-year history, CTS Impact’s legacy as a woman-founded, owned & operated business has grounded our firm in diversity, inclusion, and equity. As one example, CTS Impact has been firmly committed to equal pay and comprehensive benefits to all staff, within a flexible work environment.

Our team is our greatest asset, and we are deeply committed to fostering a culture that promotes health, well-being, innovation and belonging. The success of our initiatives is evidenced by our extremely high employee retention rate, and strong loyalty of our staff year after year. In turn, our welcoming and supportive culture translates to more diverse perspectives to optimize our ability to serve our clients.

Our Business Partners

CTS Impact also makes it a priority to work with diverse business partners such as minority-owned and women-owned businesses. We seek out firms that share our values to cultivate an eco-system of equity and social justice to help us serve our clients.

Our Clients

CTS Impact is proud to work with a diverse mix of prestigious Fortune 1000 and emerging growth middle market client, that appreciate our deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as well as the importance of giving back to our community. In many cases, our clients join us in our support for our Social Impact Partners. These partnerships outside of the consulting sphere build stronger bonds with our clients, which enables the CTS Impact team to implement sustainable improvements and change.

Our Community

What started as the CEO’s personal mission decades ago has been welcomed and embraced as a core value—Social Impact. This value is treated with the same hands-on approach we use each day in our professional life, and is a fundamental part of the CTS Impact culture.

CTS Impact ‘walks the walk’ not just ‘talks the talk’ in its unwavering support to our Social Impact partners through board & committee service, volunteering, pro bono consulting services and significant financial support.

CTS Impact believes it is the inherent responsibility of a company to invest not only in its own culture, but to bring the same commitment for social equity to under-served and under-represented communities.

CTS Impact supports numerous Social Impact partners in diverse communities in the Chicagoland area and beyond, to make our world a better place for all.

To learn more about our Social Impact partners, click here.