Why diversity is still an ugly word in C-Suites

The unthinkable truths about diversity in boardrooms

The clincher in a diversity study in C-Suite by Cedric Herring, The University of Illinois at Chicago, interviewed a group of CEOs concluded, too much diversity raises dissension among board members thus, less productivity.  Based on the 4 major challenges facing boards in 2016 reported by the World Economic Forum, will take diverse talents, cultures, beliefs, and new technology skills in boardrooms

At the end of the day, are intentional, non-white boardrooms lawful? Wikipedia says……

 Under the Civil Rights Act, 1964 of the United States, it is illegal to discriminate against a person or persons because of the color of their skin, their national origin, or racial compensation

According to the Civil Rights  Act, 1964, the practice of blatant discrimination is unlawful, though, cases of sub-groups in work cultures influence  same race discrimination and gender  biases and confirmed in the following case studies;

Earl C. Graves, Black Enterprise:  Same race discrimination 

Because black corporate leaders are unwilling to advocate on behalf of their peers, sets a precedent of walking in harm’s way

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Emily Peck, Huffington Post:  Gender biases 

Peck interviewed mainly while male executives and commented, “there aren’t enough qualified women to serve on executive boards”

Note:  Nine U.S publicly-held companies do not have  women on boards yet, a UK government-backed report released that a quarter of its board members in British blue-chip companies are now female

Why diversity drives values and profits:

  • Cultural awareness to individual and customer needs
  • Innovation
  • Competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Effective team performances

Source:   Cedric Herring, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Companies doing diversity right:  Kaiser Permanente 

The frameworks of a Fortune 100 company, Kaiser Permanente, Chairman, and CEO, Bernard J. Tyson oversees the $62B not-for-profit health plan. Kaise has 175,000 employees. Nearly, 60% of Kaiser’s workforce is are ethnic as follows:

  • 13% African-American
  • 42% non-white members in leadership teams are 25% African-American
  • 17% of the leadership team is made up of women

Source:  Global Performance Partners

Related content Our diversity chat here at #GTIdeoloy Chat

Want to start or learn more about diversity boards?  Visit here: National Association of Corporate Directors

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