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Diversity and Leadership Development

diversity3.JPG You may be surprised to hear that many minority employees leave workplaces that have an established diversity program for staff members. The New York Times interviewed Natalie Holder-Winfield, a diversity consultant and author of “Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce” and her book reveals surprising reflections from minority employees who felt the company’s diversity programs weren’t necessarily providing the type of services that it claims. A good tip for minority job seekers was to check blog posts from employees who work in a company that provide these diversity policies. You’ll find candid posts that may reveal information about a prospective company that you were interested in. And although Winfield left a traditional firm to start her own company with eight other women of color, she still has hope that minorities will have opportunity to excel in traditional institutions. Companies are hiring diversity managers in order to implement an actual program that caters to minorities, this may improve recent results that revealed that no changes were actually taking place in organizations that had these programs.
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