diversity & inclusion are important
ACROSS ALL PROFESSIONAL SECTORS
Nationally, artists are less racially diverse than other professional groups: in 2000, 78% of artists were from the racial majority (white), compared to 66% of other professionals.
Pew data shows that only about half as many Latinos (19 percent) as whites (39 percent) are employed in management, science, engineering, law, education, entertainment, the arts, and health care.
In 2013, US employers paid women working full time just 78 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 22%, and fewer than 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are racial minorities or women.
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"We need to talk about 'disablism'—the belief that people with disabilities are inferior to non-disabled people. Often, people mistakenly believe that an individual’s impairment causes problems in the workplace or elsewhere, and this belief leads to negative feelings such as discomfort, pity, sympathy and fear—feelings that can lead to avoidance of people with disabilities and physical differences."
"Diversity is “part of the differentiation of our brand. It’s also bringing diverse viewpoints to the table as we make important decisions. The more diverse the room when decisions are made, the better the decisions.”Coca-Cola Co.
"Diversity offers so many benefits to the CEO (and to the entire organization) that it’s nothing short of irresponsible for chief executives not to place organizational composition under the microscope."
"Diversity is not about doing the right thing or creating set-asides; it’s about building a business filled with the best and brightest talent so your firm can compete globally. After all, research shows that diverse teams - whether in the office or the supply chain - are good for business."
"If you want to boost your bottom line, try balancing the number of men and women in your office, new research suggests... increasing gender diversity in the workplace helps make businesses more productive. A more diverse set of employees gives organizations a more diverse set of skills, which can help the office function better."
"Workplace diversity makes employees more engaged-- and engaged employees are more productive and profitable, more custom-focused, more likely to refer their company as a good place to work, more likely to recommend the company’s products and services and less likely to leave the organization."
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