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.”