“Part of this... discussion is the business community of Boston. Take a look at their boards. They all look like me.”
Thomas M. Menino
Mayor of Boston
“We do still need to confront the lingering reputation that Boston has as a city a real history of segregation.”
Mass. State Senator
“I grew up in a society where I literally remember seeing the signs 'Ku Klux Klan Country.'”
Former mayor of Cambridge
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Boston-area leaders talk about minorities in the business world.
Microsoft outpost in Cambridge and the women who run it.
These people broke racial and gender-based barriers.
State Street is one of a growing number of companies that have employee programs to support different ethnicities, ages, religions, sexual orientations, and physical abilities both in and out of the office.
As more organizations look to hire people that reflect the communities they serve, many are hiring chief diversity officers to lead those efforts.
Workforce diversity along racial and ethnic lines likely took a big hit during the recession that began in 2007, economists and human resources professionals said.
Diversity continues to be the exception rather than the rule in boardrooms in Massachusetts and across the country, according to a report last year.
Etiquette at Work
The best American workplaces aim for a mix of employees with differing experiences, specialties — and cultures. But inevitably, differences in language, customs, and traditions bump up against one another.
Diversity counts at law firm Adorno & Yoss — literally. About 20 percent of the lawyers at Miami-based Adorno & Yoss are Latino, and some 17 percent are African-American.
Not only was Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, it’s also the first to launch an iPhone application aimed at gay and lesbian tourists.
Ask how we as a community are doing on diversity, and you’ll get myriad answers. We posed this question and others to leaders who deal with this issue day in and day out.