"DIVERSITY TALKING POINTS"
You "get it". You're personally committed to diversity & inclusion, and you're motivated to get others on your side. However, other than saying "it's the right thing to do", you don't have a clue as to how to convince others. If this is you, don't be discouraged -- you're not alone. We're here to help. Below I've provided a few talking points to equip you for battle.
Each year more than 2 million people voluntarily leave their employers as a result of precieved unfairness (unfair policies & practices, negative comments/jokes, preceived invisibility)
This trend cost U.S. corporations $64 Billion annually. This amount is almost as much as the revenues of Goldman Sachs, Google, Amazon.com and Starbuckscombined.
POINT: Creating an inclusive environment reduces turnover and saves money.
The non-Hispanic White population will increase more slowly than other racial and ethnic groups. By 2050 Whites will make up 47% of the nation, down from 68% in 2005
By 2023 half of all U.S. children will be People of Color (non-White)
By 2025 the immigrant (or foreign-born) share of the population will surpass the peak during the last great wave of immigration a century ago
The Latino population, already the nation's largest racial minority group, will triple in size and will account for most of the nation's population growth from 2005 through 2050. Hispanics will make up 29% of the U.S. population in 2050, compared with 14% in 2005.
In 2050 nearly one in five Americans (19%) will be immigrants, compared with one in eight (12%) in 2005.
POINT: Demographics have changed, and will continue to change. Adapt, learn to connect across cultures, or get left behind.
Currently, North America and Europe are expected collectively to produce only 3% of the world's entering labor force
75% of new workers will come from Asia
As stated above, by 2025 the foreign-born population will surpass the peak during the last great wave of immigration a century ago
POINT: Even if you don't plan to go global; globalization is coming to you!
Within next 10 years:
32 million jobs will be vacated (primarily from Baby Boomer retirements) & 20 million new jobs will be created
BUT, available projected labor force will only be 29 million, leaving a 23 million personnel shortage
POINT: The battle for talent will be emmense. Organizations MUST create environments that are inclusive of ALL types of people if they plan to be viable.
Now that you are equipped with some ammunition, go and fight the battle for diversity & inclusion. When people hear your sound logic they will jump on board; and you will have taken another step on your path to becoming a Diversity Leader.
About The Author
Al Vivian is the President and CEO of Basic Diversity, Inc. (BASIC). BASIC is a full service cultural diversity training and consulting firm that has been operating nationally for 35 years. Their client list includes CNN, Coca Cola, DuPont, Ford Motor Company, McDonalds, N.C. State University, The National Security Agency, U.S. Army and various municipalities. Al has provided diversity counsel to civic and religious leaders, political officials, and television news personnel. He has provided diversity commentary to various media outlets including CNN, New York Times, FOX, NBC, PBS, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Chicago Sun Times, and WSB News Radio. Vivian learned about managing diversity very early in life via personal interactions with members of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s staff (Andy Young, Jesse Jackson, Dorothy Cotton …etc.). Vivian later honed his skills as an Officer in the United States Army, where he held numerous executive positions, including Equal Opportunity Officer, and rose to the rank of Captain before leaving in 1991 to lead the team at Basic Diversity. The Human Resources veteran is a member of the American Society for Training & Development and the Society for Human Resource Management. Al’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Parachute Badge. Al has previously served as a mentor in Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, and is a Deacon at Faith Christian Center in Smyrna, GA. Al is an Advisor to the U.S. Army for Diversity & Culture. He also sits on the boards of The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (SW Chapter), Landmark Christian School, and The C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute.
Basic Diversity, Inc. is best known for their “Race Awareness Workshop” which has been evaluated as the most effective race relations seminar in the nation, boasting an 86%-94% effectiveness rating.