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The Opportunity Within: Building Cultural Competencies Inside Your Organization

Posted By Barb Francella, Thursday, March 8, 2012

A panel of diversity experts, including Maria Campbell, director of diversity for SC Johnson; Diane Cooke, vice president, human resources for Schwan's Consumer Brands; and Armando Martín, president, CEO and co-founder of XL Edge/XL Alliance, offered advice for connecting the dots between the workplace and the marketplace through strong, company-wide cultural competencies.

Americans wants multiculturalism, Martín noted, but our biases "keep us in our boxes.” To strengthen the D&I message, company leaders must act as change agents and cultural stewards, Cooke said.

To spread D&I throughout an organization, leaders must become comfortable with the conversation, Johnson added. "It’s about getting them comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

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