A chief diversity officer is a member of a company’s senior executive team whose responsibilities include developing the firm’s approach to managing diversity and inclusion. Deborah Elam was the chief diversity officer of General Electric for nearly 15 years. She worked at the corporate headquarters to lead the company’s efforts to manage diversity and inclusion in its worldwide operations.
- Embracing Differences: Companies Tap the Richness of Diversity The corporate world has its own buzzwords, terms that express how businesses operate – with “synergies” and “paradigms.” “Diversity” used to be the popular catchphrase; companies scrambled to hire employees from varied backgrounds and ethnicities so they would appear diverse. Today, corporations are more committed to being diverse and inclusive, investing millions of dollars a year in understanding and involving people of different ethnicities, ages, genders and choices in their ranks. These companies realize that a range of perspectives can fuel creativity and strengthen business.
- The Conversation: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Business
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