Partnering with a Purpose

Throughout history, there have been collaborations, alliances or partnerships when two entities, different or similar, come together to create a synergy for the good of both of their constituencies. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield joined together to lead a global ice cream revolution by creating unique ice cream flavors. As songwriters for the Beatles, Paul ...

By: Tai Wright

Partnering with a Purpose

Throughout history, there have been collaborations, alliances or partnerships when two entities, different or similar, come together to create a synergy for the good of both of their constituencies. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield joined together to lead a global ice cream revolution by creating unique ice cream flavors. As songwriters for the Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon created one of the most successful musical collaborations in history, giving the world a treasure trove of hits and selling more than 1 billion singles in the U.S.

In an article titled “Why Collaboration Is Crucial To Success” in Fast Company magazine, Verizon’s Bob Mudge surmised “one way of overcoming current challenges is through collaboration—in unexpected ways—with other companies…collaborating to find a better and more efficient way to achieve your goal.” Mudge further stated that “by looking for partnerships and collaborating externally, companies are able to … create solutions to problems that may not be prevalent issues yet.”

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 ...

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.


Mission Statement

Diversity Professional mission is to advance economic inclusion for underrepresented groups by focusing on issues that impact employment, entrepreneurship and business.  We engage, inspire, celebrate, educate and connect diverse professionals and entrepreneurs to opportunities that elevate their careers and businesses.

More than a Magazine

It was February and Reno, Nevada, already blanketed by a late-season snowfall, was bracing for several feet more. There were 20 of us: small business owners, solo entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives and Fortune 500 diversity professionals, representing a range of industries from across the country: advertising, automotive and banking to construction, consulting and healthcare. And we …

By: David Garcia

More than a Magazine

It was February and Reno, Nevada, already blanketed by a late-season snowfall, was bracing for several feet more.

There were 20 of us: small business owners, solo entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives and Fortune 500 diversity professionals, representing a range of industries from across the country: advertising, automotive and banking to construction, consulting and healthcare. And we were settling into a cavernous lodge for the fourth annual Diversity Professionals Connect (DPC) 2018 Summit an intimate, invitation-only retreat hosted by Melissa Simmons, Diversity Professional magazine publisher, president and CEO.

Launched in 2015, DPC’s mission is to “connect people, explore opportunities and build relationships.” Unofficially, its job is to dispense with the niceties that clutter business networking. It’s about pulling back the curtain on all segments of diversity and where they’re headed. It’s about the future of diverse entrepreneurs and professionals. And, with stark candor, it’s about economic survival, the closed-door struggles with worklife balance, the drive for success and the fear of failure.

The Leverage Effect: Women’s Power to Foster Equity

The biggest mistake women make about power is believing that they have none, or that their power only matters in certain situations. While women’s participation in economic, social and political arenas is gaining speed, experiencing gender equity is far from being realized. We must keep at the forefront the leverage effect of women’s power to …

By: Dr. Nika White

The Leverage Effect: Women’s Power to Foster Equity

The biggest mistake women make about power is believing that they have none, or that their power only matters in certain situations. While women’s participation in economic, social and political arenas is gaining speed, experiencing gender equity is far from being realized. We must keep at the forefront the leverage effect of women’s power to experience the imperative for gender parity. Where women can realize success in protecting the full turf is when women focus their power on advocating for equity.

In April, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was the first person to give birth while serving as a U.S. senator. Now as a new mother, she faces a rule that may affect her ability to do either job—senator and parent— properly—children are banned from the voting floor. That means if the senator has to vote at a time that she also has to care for her baby, she’ll likely have to be absent from work, and her voice will be silenced when her constituency needs it.

Red Carpet Confidence

Tips to finding the best fits for your body type for black-tie events Supplier diversity professionals can be inspirational, transformational and dedicated change agents. Sometimes, they are viewed by their colleagues as someone to hide from because they enforce unpopular policies and processes. Most times, people forget that they are caring individuals with personality, a …

By: Dawn Fitch-Mitchell

Red Carpet Confidence

Tips to finding the best fits for your body type for black-tie events

Supplier diversity professionals can be inspirational, transformational and dedicated change agents. Sometimes, they are viewed by their colleagues as someone to hide from because they enforce unpopular policies and processes. Most times, people forget that they are caring individuals with personality, a personal brand and style.

This year’s Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference and Business Fair theme, “Discover the Difference” is fitting because the women’s business enterprises (WBEs), corporate members and WBENC educational approach are all different. As a corporate member, with beauty, brand and style training, I appreciate people’s differences from a personality, body type, leadership style and sales approach. While WBENC has grown the schedule of events, evolving our fashion approach only seemed natural. Whether you’re an award winner, platinum sponsor or single ticket attendee, I’d bet my next check that your black-tie attire needs to be on point.

Women Drive Economic Success for All

Continue to invest in female employment and entrepreneurship to push our economy to new levels Whether it’s as a business owner or in the workforce, women are driving local economies and contributing to business competitiveness on a national level. But if we fail to harness women’s business potential, we may be shortchanging our economy. A …

By: Emilia Dimenco

Women Drive Economic Success for All

Continue to invest in female employment and entrepreneurship to push our economy to new levels

Whether it’s as a business owner or in the workforce, women are driving local economies and contributing to business competitiveness on a national level. But if we fail to harness women’s business potential, we may be shortchanging our economy.

A recent study from Dr. Amanda Weinstein, University of Akron, reported local wages (for men and women) rise when more women enter the workforce. Between 1980 and 2010, Weinstein’s research found that every 10 percent increase in female labor participation led to a five percent increase in average real wages—the amount workers take home after accounting for inflation.

In other words, in cities that had more female workforce participation in 1980, Weinstein found men and women made higher average hourly wages in 2010. Weinstein also found the impact of female workforce participation was heightened when women were not segregated into low paying, female-dominated occupations.

The Real Diversity Stars of Atlanta

There’s no secret that Americans are obsessed with reality television shows. Although castmates do little more than portray themselves, millions tune in to watch these ordinary people revel in their celebrity status and the rewards of high salaries, fabulous fashions and millions of adoring fans. Not everyone who is deserving receives this level of recognition …

By: Staff Writer

The Real Diversity Stars of Atlanta

There’s no secret that Americans are obsessed with reality television shows. Although castmates do little more than portray themselves, millions tune in to watch these ordinary people revel in their celebrity status and the rewards of high salaries, fabulous fashions and millions of adoring fans.

Not everyone who is deserving receives this level of recognition and rewards, which is why we are aiming our camera on 11 of diversity’s top influencers. Although these ladies are in Atlanta, their reach is global. They are some of the country’s most sought-after leaders in supplier diversity and diversity and inclusion. They are leaders of some of the most progressive and successful corporate programs, diversity advocacy organizations and diversity consultancies. Collectively, these diversity stars are credited with hundreds of millions of dollars in diverse supplier contracts and have impacted the work lives of thousands of diverse employees. They don’t have cameras following them daily, but they are well respected and celebrated by the many people who benefit from their professional work and passion for community. We introduce profiles of “The Real Diversity Stars of Atlanta.”

Stronger Together: A Family in Business

Most parents have helped their sons and daughters with any number of school projects. But unless you’re Judy Gatena, they have not been asked to help build a company from the ground up as part of one. In 2008, Gatena, now CEO of REP Interactive, a corporate and commercial video production agency, was posed a …

By: David Garcia

Stronger Together: A Family in Business

Most parents have helped their sons and daughters with any number of school projects. But unless you’re Judy Gatena, they have not been asked to help build a company from the ground up as part of one.

In 2008, Gatena, now CEO of REP Interactive, a corporate and commercial video production agency, was posed a homework question by her son, Steve, then a public relations graduate student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles: think of a job that couldn’t exist five years ago and that could boom in the next five years. What would it be?

The answer was simple: with YouTube a recent startup and the videos being posted of low production value, there should be a company that makes professional, high-quality videos online. “Why don’t you go start that?” As with many homework projects, that “you” in short order became “we.”

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