Another great piece via the Harvard Business Review Blog regarding the lack of multicultural professionals in senior positions. According to the blog, multicultural professionals hold only 11% of executive positions in corporate America. According to a study by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), one of the factors leading to a lack of representation at these levels is associated with “executive presence.”
In other words, multicultural professionals such as Latinos are at a disadvantage because they’re unable to create and build professional relationships with executives similar to them:
CTI research finds that multicultural professionals, like their Caucasian counterparts, prioritize gravitas over communication, and communication over appearance. Yet, “cracking the code” of executive presence presents unique challenges for multicultural professionals because standards of appropriate behavior, speech, and attire demand they suppress or sacrifice aspects of their cultural identity in order to conform.
Additional results of the CTI study can be found here.
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.