Jan 26,2007 00:00
Bend Weekly News Sources
Corporate America Should Look to NFL diversity
Corporate America can afford to learn a thing or two from the National Football League's (NFL) recent ground-breaking accomplishment of two African- American head coaches leading their teams to the Super Bowl. For the first time in history, African-American head coaches Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts and Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears will face each other at this year's Super Bowl.
People under 25 are the most powerful and fastest growing demographic in our country, 40 percent of which are people of color. It is high time Corporate America reflects this change."The kumbaya approach helped open communication but ultimately was superficial," says Joe Watson. Long gone are the days of walking on eggshells around the topic to be "politically correct." It's time to bring the issues to the forefront. Do stereotypes exist? Yes, to a certain degree. The only way to solve the problem is to address it with honest, unabashed dialogue.