Mind The (Employment) Gap: Executives Meet To Discuss A Plan To Improve Diversity At The Executive Level
This week, 30 executives led by Robert L. Johnson, founder of BET and current chairman of The RLJ Companies, met at the W Hotel in Washington to discuss a plan that, if effective, would close the employment gap separating white from black and Hispanic workers, particularly at the upper levels of business. According to a report by The Washington Post, this plan would “encourage U.S. businesses to interview at least two qualified black or Hispanic candidates for every job at the vice president level or higher.” Johnson also calls for corporations to interview minority-owned firms for manufacturing purposes.
This blueprint was brought to the White House’s attention before and has President Obama’s attention now. But while the President liked the proposal, no actions have been made to put it into motion thus far. Because of this, Johnson and other ambitious business leaders have sent letters of request to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable.
Those behind the projected course of action wish to see racial inclusion and the opportunity for minorities to share their wealth of knowledge within firms that could highly benefit from it. For Johnson and his associates in this endeavor, they refuse to give up, even without the backing of the President and government. As Luis Ramirez, president and chief executive of Global Power eloquently declares, “We need people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences to add to the populations of executives and corporate board members.”
We’ll stay tuned to see how far this goes with the government.