Racial and ethnic minorities are increasing in the United States, and in under 25 years, it is projected that the majority of the population will be of a racial or ethnic minority. As the population evolves and business increase in diversity, the need to have racial and ethnic minorities in leadership grows in importance. Barriers including misperceptions of qualification, racism, and lack of mentors can no longer hinder minority professionals from pursuing and obtaining leadership roles. Mentoring, sponsorship, and other strategies must be used to help develop and sustain diverse business leaders who will influence the U.S. economy and our communities.
Envision yourself as a Senior Director in a Fortune 500 company.
Obtaining an internship or employment (part-time, as needed, seasonal, or full-time) is important for students in business and other professions. Internships provide an opportunity to develop valuable skills within an organization while earning income and increasing your exposure to leaders that may make the hiring and promotion decisions. Some internship programs focus specifically on racial and ethnic minorities. Take, for example, Marvin Ellison. He is one of only three African American CEOs of a Fortune 500 company. He started his career as a part-time security guard at Target.
Authored by Khaliah Fisher-Grace, PhD(c), MSN, RN, CPHQ, PCCN-K