Microsoft released its diversity numbers yesterday, and they resemble those of other tech giants. Not pretty. I’ll have more to share on the tech industry’s diversity problem in a later post. In the meantime, pictures always speak louder than words.
Workforce Gender – 71% male:
Leadership – 83% male:
Workforce Diversity – Latinos 5%
(Graphic credit: Fortune Magazine)
The Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility (HACR) shared results of its 2013 Corporate Governance Study, and the report were dismal. Latino representation on Fortune 500 boards was 3 percent – Latinas 1percent – with only 10 Latinos holding CEO positions.
Additional details can be found here – but be forewarned, it’s bloody.
Big kudos to HACR for trying to alter these results. The organization’s challenge is astounding. The goal to increase Latino representation from zero to one reveals the true depth of the inequity. Below is a video of their latest efforts to help turn the tide.
A USC study reports that Latino high school students (in California) who graduate from top schools still attend community colleges. Regardless of the state, the barriers remain the same.
According to the study:
Previous research has found the concentration of Latinos in the public two-year sector to be attributable to many factors, including the relatively low cost, geographic accessibility, and curricular and program flexibility of community colleges.
Previous posts on this topic here, And so it goes…..
I have worked from home and have been a “stay at home parent” for over 13 years. My dual career has provided rewards and challenges but never regret. Career opportunities have presented themselves over the years, but none promised the flexibility or incentive to swap my current life with another. I realize other families don’t have a similar choice. I’m fortunate.
This morning’s NYT article about working moms and stay at home fathers is fascinating. It captures many of the career and parenting issues our family has encountered and still manages. In our case, choices were easier than those shared by parents in the article (or the comments section).
The article focused on mothers working in the financial industry, a very high-demand career. However, I think the issues are applicable to any industry or couple. As a Latino, my experiences as a stay at home father added a layer of cultural stereotypes and traditional beliefs. Imagine being a Latino stay-at-home father in the deep South – that was me!
I encourage you to read through the comments on this one – some interesting stories.
Andrés Tapia does a wonderful job of describing how the concept of diversity and inclusion must evolve beyond Diversity 1.0. Indeed, these terms have outlived their original intent and have become multidimensional. Enjoy!
This is a great piece by The Atlantic regarding race, gender, and the workforce. An interesting comparison of participation rate of Latinos, women, and other demographic groups. The disparities among Latinos and African Americans can still be attributed to one underlying issue, education:
Blacks and Hispanics, who make up about one-quarter of the workforce, represent 44 percent of the country’s high school dropouts and just 15 percent of its bachelor’s earners. Until we can close the difference between those numbers, it’s unlikely that the workforce’s unyielding racial stratification will improve.
Graphic via The Atlantic