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***Coming This November: US Black Engineer magazine's 2008 Diversity edition will spotlight the careers of some of the most prominent blacks in Information Technology in Q&A profiles.
Recently, several industry leaders got together to discuss ways for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.Their discussion centered on innovation, and they remarked that innovation today is not what it was yesterday...Innovation “is no longer an individual toiling in a laboratory, coming up with some great invention. … It is multidisciplinary, it is global, and it is collaborative.”
Today, changing demographics make achieving workforce diversity relatively easy. However, nurturing productivity, innovation, and harmony in that workforce is another matter. We wanted another look at the work experiences, values, and dreams of minority employees themselves, so we asked them a few questions: Are they pleased with their employers’ diversity programs? How have these programs impacted the minority professional in the workplace? What are their views on diversity efforts?
One woman who knows the challenges of this balancing act very well is Diana Bing, director of Enterprise Learning at IBM. It’s her job to come up with the career development strategy for the company. Women of Color magazine recently asked her to share some of what she has learned during her 29-year career with IBM. The first thing she told us is that perfect balance is an unrealistic goal.