Why Diversity Now?

Why is a diverse workforce in STEM important? As workforce demographics shift and global markets emerge, workplace diversity has become a business necessity. Whether you’re interested in working for a major corporation, at a small business or in a start-up, you will reap tangible and intangible benefits from a diverse workforce. Employees who acknowledge others’ differences often find similarities in the common goals of production and quality. Embracing diversity as a corporate standard strengthens a company’s position and bottom line in understanding “target markets” and “demographic realities”.

How do we define “diversity” and who should attend this summit? As we define it, a diverse workforce is inclusive of all genders, generations, cultures, and individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds. Therefore, everyone should attend!

How will understanding inclusion and cultural competency better prepare me in my chosen career? Cultural competency is a combination of cultural knowledge, cultural awareness, and cultural sensitivity. Many employees work in groups or teams comprised of co-workers with varied work styles, or of colleagues who represent different cultures, ethnic groups, or generations. Although an idyllic atmosphere may be difficult to achieve, employees must learn to value the many strengths and talents that diversity brings to the workplace. Inclusion means that all people should feel valued and have their basic needs met; it’s a work environment where they have the opportunity and the confidence to fully participate.

Why should I care about working for a company that is committed to a diverse workforce and puts cultural competence, diversity and inclusion into practice? Business reputation! Diversity in the workplace is important for employees because it manifests itself in building a great reputation for the company, leading to increased profitability and opportunities for workers. Workplace diversity is important within the organization as well as outside! Business reputations flourish when companies demonstrate their commitment to diversity through aggressive outreach and recruiting efforts. An organization known for its ethics, fair employment practices and appreciation for diverse talent is better able to attract a wide pool of qualified applicants. Other advantages include loyalty from customers who choose to do business exclusively with companies whose business practices are socially responsible.

What are the important synergies between the fields of engineering and business? The Summit participants will offer a deepened appreciation for collaborations, especially between engineering and business majors who are often working on the same team in the STEM workforce. Participants will also address the importance of valuing one another’s skillsets to attain stronger outcomes in the workplace.

Who will participate? Some of the most influential speakers on this concept from businesses, academia and start ups. Come hear their inspirational stories to enhance your professional “toolkit” and shape your career goals. You don’t want to miss out on this transformative four-day Summit.

Our goal is to create a community of diverse global citizens capable of changing the world!