14 June 2022

9 Obstacles to Learning Equity

Heather Gilmartin Adams
Research Lead


  • This infographic highlights key findings from our report, Less DEIB Training, More Learning Equity.
  • Learning equity is about making the systems of employee development more inclusive and equitable.
  • 9 common obstacles make learning less equitable and inclusive by preventing certain employee groups from participating in employee development.
  • L&D functions can make learning more equitable by removing or reducing these obstacles.

9 common and systemic obstacles make it harder for some employees to find, access, and participate in development opportunities.

L&D functions can reduce or remove these obstacles to make employee development more equitable and inclusive–ensuring more employees have the skills they (and their organizations) will need in the future.

This infographic summarizes key findings from our research report, Less DEIB Training, More Learning EquityClick on the image below for an expanded view.

As always, we'd love your feedback at [email protected].


Heather Gilmartin Adams

Heather is a senior consultant at RedThread Research. Trained in conflict resolution and organizational development, Heather has spent the past ten years in various capacities at organizational culture and mindset change consultancies as well as the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She holds a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelors degree in history from Princeton University. She has lived in Germany, China, Japan, and India and was, for one summer, a wrangler on a dude ranch in Colorado.


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