No where is the lack of diversity in organizations more evident than in the news media. Back in May (sorry I wasn’t around for this one), MSNBC stereotyped Latinos as tequila drinking fools. About the same time, NYT ‘s Upshot made some silly assumptions about Latino identity and race. And yet again today, Upshot selects an ill advised photo of Colombian dancers as way to portray Latinos as fiesta party people in discussing Republicans and the Latino vote.
In each of these cases, a Latino on staff might have said, “You know what guys……this might not work….”
Unfortunately, the lack of diversity in newsrooms is still apparent – and unfortunate.
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.
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.
Nice job GM in selecting Mary Barra as your new CEO.
(Graphic via L.A. Times)
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!