A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

Emma Maxey could hardly have imagined that a simple walk along Los Angeles’ Wilshire Blvd. one day in June 1979 would turn into a 40-year journey. Maxey had relocated to Los Angeles from Indianapolis the previous year. When she arrived, the practical side of her said to find a job working for a large bank, ...

By David Garcia

A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

Emma Maxey could hardly have imagined that a simple walk along Los Angeles’ Wilshire Blvd. one day in June 1979 would turn into a 40-year journey.

Maxey had relocated to Los Angeles from Indianapolis the previous year. When she arrived, the practical side of her said to find a job working for a large bank, something she had done back home. But in her heart, she yearned to travel, perhaps she’d even become a flight attendant. After all, it was wanderlust that had drawn her to California, but then fate intervened.

Her walk landed her in front of the corporate headquarters of the Southern California Water Company, which would later become Golden State Water. At the time, the company was hiring and, on a whim, she applied. A telephone message was waiting for her by the time she arrived home. Two days later, she started as an entry-level engineer clerk.

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Diversity Professional

About Us

Diversity Professional (DP) is an interactive national publication complemented with strategic offline engagements that focus on business, career and lifestyle. We deliver essential information for entrepreneurs and professionals related to business strategies, career development, education, economics and social trends.This is a test

DP is the magazine for achievers, the voice of modern executives and the playbook for business owners, millennials and seasoned professionals. Serving as an ongoing resource throughout one’s professional career, DP understands the value of long-term relationships and what it takes to guide our readers to success. We connect people, possibilities and partners that build businesses and drive the economy.  DP is dedicated to creating positive change in diversity and inclusion initiatives. By raising awareness and sharing expertise across multiple industries.


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BUSINESS SCHOOL: ANOTHER PATH TO CAREERS IN TECHNOLOGY

Are you one of those who has heard enviously about all the exciting career opportunities in technology—but thought, “That’s not for me. I don’t plan to pursue a degree in engineering or computer science.” If so, I have good news for you. There is another door into the technology industry: business school. I know that …

By Bernard J. Milano

BUSINESS SCHOOL: ANOTHER PATH TO CAREERS IN TECHNOLOGY

Are you one of those who has heard enviously about all the exciting career opportunities in technology—but thought, “That’s not for me. I don’t plan to pursue a degree in engineering or computer science.” If so, I have good news for you. There is another door into the technology industry: business school.

I know that may sound counterintuitive, at first. Many people assume a stereotypical role of business executives in an organization: that they’re the people in suits who don’t really understand technology, but somehow have to manage and oversee the “techies” and brainiacs who run the IT operation.

Actually, countless college students across the country are now preparing for lucrative careers in technology by earning their undergraduate business degrees. They’re doing it through studies in a discipline commonly called Information Systems (IS).

WORKPLACE RELATIONSHIPS: WHAT HAPPENED TO HARMONY IN THE WORKPLACE?

Employment can be related to dating or being in a relationship; both parties need to have something in common to start the engagement. The other key factor is the intention or goal of starting the courtship. As time lapses, what happens as the dating continues? Much like being in a relationship, the dating could end …

WORKPLACE RELATIONSHIPS: WHAT HAPPENED TO HARMONY IN THE WORKPLACE?

Employment can be related to dating or being in a relationship; both parties need to have something in common to start the engagement. The other key factor is the intention or goal of starting the courtship. As time lapses, what happens as the dating continues? Much like being in a relationship, the dating could end abruptly before it gets serious because it was immediately realized that this was a misfit.

The second possibility results in the two parties entering in a vested work relationship that leads to eventual retirement. The most difficult of possibilities is when there is a misalignment in the work relationship that leads to conflict.

Can tech change the way you think about yourself?

In 2013, an African American, baby boomer named Tammy Williams, GPHR, PMP, president and founder of She’s It LLC®(Social Health Empowerment thru IT®), asked and answered the question, “Can tech change the way you think about yourself?” with the launch of her framework for a mobile application that would support and encourage personal engagement in …

By Margye Solomon

Can tech change the way you think about yourself?

In 2013, an African American, baby boomer named Tammy Williams, GPHR, PMP, president and founder of She’s It LLC®(Social Health Empowerment thru IT®), asked and answered the question, “Can tech change the way you think about yourself?” with the launch of her framework for a mobile application that would support and encourage personal engagement in one’s health and well-being. As the visionary force behind the native technology, Williams originally envisioned it being “by women, for women” but quickly recognized that an expanded platform to include women and men was vital leading to the launch of SHEapp Corporate®.

How to see and support “Invisible” Diversity

Fresh on the heels of Mental Illness Awareness Week (https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Illness-Awareness-Week), I recalled how the recent suicides of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain highlighted unseen issues that can affect people whom we think we know. In reality, mental health is just one of the “invisible” diversity issues, or private identities, that affect people …

By: Nika White

How to see and support “Invisible” Diversity

Fresh on the heels of Mental Illness Awareness Week (https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Illness-Awareness-Week), I recalled how the recent suicides of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain highlighted unseen issues that can affect people whom we think we know. In reality, mental health is just one of the “invisible” diversity issues, or private identities, that affect people every day.

You or a coworker might be a survivor of sexual assault, cancer or criminal gang affiliation. Other issues include substance use disorder, or prior incarceration. All of these are the types of private identities people often are unwilling to discuss, even though they impact the workplace experience as much as race, gender and other more obvious identities.

Multiplying impact by advancing to leadership

With well over 100 of its participants now in higher education leadership positions, The PhD Project has seen its impact grow wider than its founding members imagined. About 10 percent of the more than 1,100 minority business professors created since The PhD Project’s launch have advanced to roles in administration. Interviews revealed several ways the …

By Bernard Milano

Multiplying impact by advancing to leadership

With well over 100 of its participants now in higher education leadership positions, The PhD Project has seen its impact grow wider than its founding members imagined.

About 10 percent of the more than 1,100 minority business professors created since The PhD Project’s launch have advanced to roles in administration. Interviews revealed several ways the presence of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans at that level is changing the landscape of business academia.

The Future is Green

An alarming, yet amazing, thing is happening in the world of entrepreneurship as major retailers close their doors due to poor sales and bankruptcy. The retail sector has suffered a tremendous loss of jobs for the past three years in a row in the U.S, as thousands of brick and mortar stores closed. Retail remains …

By Aurorah Dey

The Future is Green

An alarming, yet amazing, thing is happening in the world of entrepreneurship as major retailers close their doors due to poor sales and bankruptcy. The retail sector has suffered a tremendous loss of jobs for the past three years in a row in the U.S, as thousands of brick and mortar stores closed. Retail remains one of the country’s largest employers, providing more than 15.8 million jobs, but the reorganization of the retail landscape is having a devastating impact on the nature of its workforce.

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