“It’s critical that anyone looking to be sustainable enact guidelines of diversity within their own organizations,” Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and founder of the Hult Prize Foundation, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis.
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“We’ve all been in situations where we were either an insider or an outsider,” Antoine Andrews, director of global diversity and inclusion for Symantec, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
Laura Clise, who serves as director of external communications and corporate citizenship for Areva, moderated a panel on diversity and inclusion at the Net Impact conference in Minneapolis last month. She even wrote a 90-second rap to kick things off. (If your day could use a boost, do yourself a favor and check it out here.)
“I think we’ve done an effective job, for the most part, in changing the complexion of the people in organizations. I don’t know if we have diversified the realities of [those] people,” Hayes-Greene said at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
Asheen Phansey, who heads up the Sustainable Innovation Lab at French software firm Dassault Systèmes, talks about gender diversity in the tech sector at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
Education is a key component of the diversity conversation, and disruptive, skills-based education platforms like Udemy offer intriguing prospects outside of traditional two- and four-year colleges. As part of our Talking Diversity video series, Meg Evans, manager of social innovation for Udemy, discusses how a diverse workforce helped the company grow.
“Diversity is all about quantity and getting people together … Inclusion is really about quality: getting those people, from those different backgrounds, and actually inviting them to the table and talking with them,” Net Impact community member and college student Ishara Emerson said.
“The topic of diversity is thrown around quite a bit. I think oftentimes we don’t fully appreciate or understand what it’s really about,” Jacques-Philippe Piverger, co-founder and CEO of MPOWERD, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference last month.
“Given all of the corporate crises [we’ve seen] over the past several decades, it’s important for businesses to step up and emphasize ethics and socially responsible leadership,” Judith Weisinger, associate professor of business at Mills College, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis last month.
“Simply having diversity does not produce results for the bottom line,” Tawanna Black, executive director of Northside Funders Group, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference last month.
“Zooming out entirely: The global challenges that we face are massive and very complex, and it’s going to require everyone being involved,” Maggie Davies, chief of strategy and talent for Net Impact, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis.
As a recent college graduate working in her hometown of Minneapolis, the host city for NI14, Maya Weisinger is more equipped than most to discuss why diversity matters to the younger generation of top talent.
“When we bring together diverse perspectives, we will get the best innovation and best solutions for our customers,” Kathy Hopinkah Hannan of KPMG said at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
Based in Oakland, California, Inner City Advisors serves inner-city communities throughout the Bay Area. By and large, these are very diverse communities, CEO Jose Corona said. But local companies have been “called out,” as he put it, for lack of diversity — particularly in Silicon Valley.