November/December 2012

Growth and Evolution are Both a Constant and are Necessary

As I look back on 2012, I am surprised at how much the magazine has evolved since this time last year. Although not something I take into account on a day-to-day basis, the changes are truly remarkable if one does compare.

They have not been without growing pains, of course, as new employees and contributors are welcomed by veteran workers. Evolution is a constant, and a refresh is always necessary to stay abreast of the latest news in diversity.

And the growth and evolution will continue in this new year. In the coming months, we are going to continue to work on building a magazine with a cohesive message of diversity and inclusion. I am certain the articles written by myself and our contributors have and will be beneficial for anyone interested in diversity, whether you are a D&I professional at a large corporation or a reader at home or online who wants to stay connected to diversity news. As always, we welcome your feedback.

For the upcoming year, we are going to hone in on the diversity issues that seem to affect everyone the most, and are consistently in the news: racial discrimination, LGBT rights, gender disparities, and religious persecution, just to name a few. Additionally, we will continue to cover workforce diversity in its entirety, to make sure that both employees and employers are aware of diversity and working together to improve it.

This issue contains a variety of voices. In addition to my writing, we are featuring a selection of freelance writers, interns, and corporate employees, who cover the gamut from young to middle-aged, LGBT to straight, white to black, and so on. Overall, they represent the fabric of this country and workforce, adding a freshness and diversity of thought to this issue.

I personally enjoyed writing about the lack of diversity in fashion, and was equally engrossed by the spotlight on Sweden in our Global Diversity section. Reading about the GI Bill and the DREAM Act was both interesting and informative, as well as timely. The American Dream Thoughtleader topic, though, was by far the most touching and moving portion of the issue. I encourage everyone to read each story—they truly are indicative of the struggles that many have gone through and continue to go through in our country.

Last but not least, this year’s Diversity Leader Awards are indicative of the tremendous partnerships we have built with today’s leading companies and firms. This award is special, as it is our way of recognizing companies that have participated throughout the year in our various features. As the editor, I know the effort that many of our contributors go through to write passionate pieces on D&I. They really do deserve all the accolades we can give for their work.

So as we look to this new year after a particularly tough year politically and economically, let’s move forward with progress. Let’s move forward with regards to fixing the issues that still plague minorities and keep the C-Suite male-dominated. Even if broad changes don’t occur rapidly, if we can at least continue to strive for change, hopefully we can, even a little, make a difference.

Grace Austin, Editor
October 2012

Companies receiving the 2013 Diversity Leader Award are: 3M; Accenture; ADP; Aflac; AIMD; Andrews Kurth; Bank of the West; BDO USA, LLP; Booz Allen Hamilton; Caesars Entertainment Corporation; Catalyst; Charles Schwab; Chevron; Cincinnati Children’s Medical Hospital Center; Cisco; Citi; CSC; CVS Caremark; Energizer; Ernst & Young ; Fannie Mae; Ford and Harrison LLP; General Electric; Gibbons P.C.; Halliburton; Harris Corporation; HCA; Highmark Inc.; Ingersoll Rand; International Society of Diversity and Inclusion; JBK Associates; Jones Lang LaSalle; KPMG; Kraft Foods; Lewis and Roca LLP; Lifetime Healthcare Companies; Lockheed Martin; Moss Adams; MWV; National Grid; New York Life; Nielsen; O’ Melveny & Myers LLP; The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.; PwC; Raytheon; Rockwell Collins; Ryder System, Inc.; Sandia National Laboritories; Shell International; Society for Human Resource Management; Sodexo; Sparrow Health; Springboard Consulting LLC; The Hartford Financial Services Group; Thompson Hine LLP; TWI, Inc.; Union Bank, N.A.; UnitedHealth Group; Vanguard; Verizon; Walgreen Co.; Walmart; WellPoint, Inc.; White & Case LLP.


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