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A Commitment to Change: One Perspective on Diversity in the Workplace

Posted by Conni Todd on Wed, Apr 24, 2013

Recently, Karen Braithewaite started a petition asking Mattel, the makers of Barbie, to offer party supplies that feature Barbies of color. She has a daughter of color who would like to have a Barbie-themed birthday party that is representative of her. As of April 10, 2013, Mattel’s response has remained the same with no apparent commitment to change. They said, "It's very important that Barbie reflects the ethnic and cultural differences of people around the world. We work closely with partners to develop Barbie products such as party supplies, and we will share your feedback with them." Mattel’s statement regarding cultural differences is profound, although the implication is that Mattel has no control over the decision to entertain Karen’s request. Does your organization have a commitment to change and are they committed to making positive choices regarding diversity? Doing nothing is a choice that’s all too common.

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Tags: leadership development, diversity in the workplace, organizational change