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Welcome to the 4th Annual Tri-State Diversity & Leadership Conference, scheduled for October 5th. In the back drop of new national leadership that reflect the diversity of our country, I believe it behooves the Tri-state area and in particular the leaders of corporations in the Tri-state to see "Change" as a business necessity. That is, in order for organizations to be successful, there has to be a change in the way companies and organization attract, recruit, retain, develop and promote diverse talent. It is essential for organizations to review their systems to ensure that diverse candidates have the same opportunities as everyone else.
A review of the 2011 Tri-State Glass Ceiling Study reveals that both women and people of color are still devoid of opportunities to participate on Boards and in C-Suites positions. I believe very strongly that Corporate Leadership should reflect the diversity of the community and its employee base. Hence, the barriers that have for so long excluded some groups have to be literally torn down in order for us to see real and measure change in the demographics of leadership in corporations in our state. The leadership pipeline has to be inclusive.
The "Wind of Change" is blowing throughout the tri-state but it is going to require more than me writing a letter and placing it on a website. It is going to require regular folks just like you and I to speak up and challenge the status quo of inequity that is unfortunately so prevalent in some of our workplaces in our communities. In addition, we as a community have to hold leaders accountable; it is essential.
History teaches us that "Change" has always been difficult but I am very hopeful and encourage that the Tri-State Community will usher in a new era of respect and acceptance for differences. Please join me on October 5, 2013 in New York City.
Founder & CEO,
National Diversity Council