Embracing diversity

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Embracing diversity

  1. 1. August 4th, 2012 ng ci t y b m err a si E v Di
  2. 2. What is Diversity? Diversity is defined as being composed of differing elements and qualities. 3
  3. 3. A Word From the Wise “Diversity has been written into the DNA of American life; any institution that lacks a rainbow array has come to seem diminished, if not diseased.” -Joe Klein, Journalist for The New Yorker 4
  4. 4. Why Does Diversity Matter?  Diverse workplaces are better equipped to work efficiently and address changing markets.  Problem solving can be enhanced as a result of the blending of different perspectives brought to the table  Diversity is about empowering people by capitalizing on the strengths of each individual employee 5
  5. 5. John C. Maxwell, Writer “The Law of Magnetism”  “People attract – and are attracted to – others of similar background. This law of magnetism is so strong that companies that value diversity have to fight against it.”  With the help of both executives and employees diversity can be embraced 6
  6. 6. The Evolution of Diversity • Diversity has evolved into much more than just equal opportunity but has evolved into a competitive advantage. • There has been a shift from training employees to fit into a diverse workplace to creating a workplace conducive to diverse employees. • It is impossible to be diverse, if the acceptance of change is not taking place. 7
  7. 7. Lets Not Complicate Diversity “ Diversity: the art of thinking independently together” -Malcolm Forbes  Globalization and the changing faces of both customers and workers will represent an even more diverse mix.  Combining these individual thoughts will produce a more efficient and well rounded response to any problem. 8
  8. 8. In Closing “If we cannot end our differences, we can at least make the world safe for diversity” -John F. Kennedy, Former President There will always be differences between people its just a matter of learning to embrace them. 9

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