On October 14, 2016 the Oswego Alumni Association, Inc. of State University of New York at Oswego had its second Annual Business Symposium Panel Discussion.
Questions were based off of topics like diversity, equity, and inclusion in business. Panelists discussed how diversity benefits a work environment, how to enhance inclusion in the workplace, and ways in which the panelists have faced diversity throughout their own careers.
According to recent academic research, diversity in the workplace makes a business stronger and more adaptable than organizations with employees of a single background.
“Programs set platforms for your organization’s brand but you still need to do your part to make it part of the business your diversity brand is just as important,” said Dennis Shuler, executive chairman of Kinetic Consulting and a 1978 Oswego graduate.
“Having a diverse management team within your business will benefit and enhance inclusion in the workplace,” said Melanie Littlejohn, regional executive director of National Grid.
Of 321 large global enterprises—companies with at least $500 million in annual revenue—surveyed in a Forbes study in 2011, 85 percent agreed or strongly agreed that diversity is crucial to improving innovation in the workplace.
“A business can benefit by the creativity aspects that the employees when they work together bring to the table,” said Jennifer Shropshire.
When it came to inclusion Harry Bronson said to take affirmative action should be recognized.