As a woman- and minority-owned small business, ARMA has an interest in challenges faced by those respective groups in the business world. HuffPo’s Madeleine M Kunin, best known for being the first female governor of Vermont, had this to say about the recent surge of discussion regarding women’s success in the workforce:
Fair treatment in the work force is no longer exclusively a labor issue, nor is it a women’s issue — it is a fundamental economic issue. Women’s contribution to the economy has surged in recent years. Every time a woman leaves the workforce because she can’t find or afford childcare, or she can’t work out a flexible arrangement with her boss, or she has no paid maternity leave, her family’s income falls down a notch. Simultaneously, national productivity numbers decline.
Another HuffPo writer, Manny Espinoza, has concrete advice on how to push for a more diverse workforce from within a company. One suggestion jumped out to us:
For example, if your firm has a mentorship or sponsorship program but no Latino leaders are participating, you can highlight the limitations of the existing program from your perspective and experience as a Latino employee. By citing your personal experiences (both positive and negative) with the company’s existing programs you will add to the impact and credibility of your perspective.
We look forward to the next post in this series, where Espinoza will deal with diversity within minority-owned companies.