We encourage people to “think outside the box” but law enforcement and agency culture can inhibit our employees’ innovative confidence and limit opportunities for the sharing of diverse perspectives. Intentional mentoring and fostering a culture of inclusive thought are key to allowing employees to realize their potential and not just succeed, but to thrive. With the backdrop of a pandemic and legislative and social change, our profession has the opportunity to examine and re-imagine how we deliver services. Now more than ever we need innovation and collaboration throughout our organizations. It is time to break through the trap of “group think”. Creating and fostering a culture of inclusive thought in which employees feel the freedom to be their authentic selves by valuing the qualities that make them unique. This session will focus on the power of mentoring and coaching individuals to identify, embrace, and celebrate their diverse qualities and perspectives. If we want people to think outside the box, we need to first give them a hammer to break out of the glass box they often find themselves in.