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Workplace diversity: How you can make a difference

There's a lot of talk around workplace diversity, but not enough progress within the corporate world. Two thought leaders weigh in on how they see things changing.

The research is indisputable: Diversity drives dollars. Whether private business or public-sector enterprises, companies that are powered by employees and boards that are both ethnically, gender and demographically diverse produce more and better ideas. They are also able to endure downturns better and deliver top-line results in excess of their competition. Despite the upsides, many enterprises are failing to seize the opportunity that a diverse workplace offers. 

The good news is that there are a lot of smart, kind people working on the problem. Some of the bright spots include social enterprises setting good examples, and often coming at the problem differently than the big corporate world. 

This conversation examines the state of diversity in the workplace and what companies and individuals can do to change the momentum—whether focusing on creating new opportunities through bleeding-edge tech; working with kids to promote their value so that when they hit the workplace, diversity isn't even a question in their minds; or finding a mentor for folks who are navigating challenges in the current environment.

Your host, Paul Muller, talks with two people who have experienced the challenges of the diversity dearth and are working to help solve the problem: 

Beena Ammanath is global vice president for big data, artificial intelligence, and innovation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and founder of Humans for AI, a non-profit dedicated to building a diverse workforce for the future by demystifying and leveraging AI. Reach Beena @beena_ammanath.

Drew Lentz is co-founder of Frontera Consulting, and president and founder of, a nonprofit that creates tech entrepreneurs and skilled professionals for local jobs by educating, promoting, and certifying professionals. Reach Drew @wirelessnerd.

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