The Secret to Retaining a Diverse Workforce

by Carol Sawdye | Aug 24, 2015   ()

It doesn’t matter how many positions you fill if you can’t retain the people.

Leadership Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: How do you encourage diversity in the workplace? is written by Carol Sawdye, CFO of PwC.

Last year, my firm recruited a young associate named Jerrell Thompson, a graduate of Sacred Heart University where he was a point guard on the school’s Division I basketball team. Although Jerrell passed up a chance to play professional basketball to work at PwC, he was still able to combine his passion for sports and business: he joined our firm’s basketball team and was recently voted the MVP in PwC‘snetwork global championship tournament.


He majored in accounting — something too few African Americans do — and was highly motivated to succeed. Today, businesses around the world are counting on millennials like Jerrell to help build our future, because a more diverse talent pool gives acompany a competitive edge. One of the ways PwCenforces diversity is by encouraging more black and Latino students to major in accounting and STEM subjects. Another is by engaging in frank and honest conversations about race. Recently, Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, appeared with PwC‘sU.S. Chairman Bob Moritz to discuss her controversialTED Talks“Color Blind or Color Brave?”


Source: Fortune
Source: Fortune

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