Despite its enormity, the accounting industry is actually one of the
least diverse industries in America. In fact, according to a 2010 study
from Howard University School of Business Center for Accounting
Education, only 1 percent of public accounting partners are
African-American. Natasha Granholm is a rarity in the industry as well as in the PricewaterhouseCoopers family. Here, we talk to Granholm.
Nearly 40 percent of minority engineers in tech say they’ve experienced
workplace bias, according to a new report by Jopwell, a digital
recruiting platform. According to the report, bias was brought on by
race in 69 percent of the cases, by gender in 16 percent, and 11 percent
said sexuality. The tech industry isn’t the only field that has workplace bias. It’s a widespread problem. TNJ.com asked workplace experts for feedback about workplace bias and what to do if you are confronted with it.
Research shows that a lack of sponsorship is the single most critical
factor keeping qualified women of color from entering the C-suite. Cynt
Marshall, AT&T’s Chief Diversity Officer, recently spoke about this
and the importance of mentorship for black women in corporate America. Here, we
caught up with Marshall to explore “executive sponsorship,” and how women
can leverage their networks and skills to close the gap in the number of
women of color entering the C-suite.
Like it or not, over time there are some industries that will just fade
away, sometimes due to technology, other times due to a changing
marketplace. So it’s always a good idea to be prepared for when your
industry might just die.