Session: Why Diversity is Good for Business, Why Inclusivity Breeds Innovation
Issues around diversity, equity, and inclusivity have been at the forefront of many a conversation in the last year, with companies coming forth to pledge commitments to equal opportunity in their workforce as well as their support for social justice issues. And while much of the seactions can seem performative and even hypocritical (ie companies investing in super bowl ads, and and large spreads in glossy magazine to make promise about inclusivity, when they have no maternity leave policy and and an abysmal number of Black and Brown women in leadership position), there is a a real business advantage to having diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures. Beyond the reputational boost, beyond the positive public sentiment, beyond the ethics and morals points scored, diversity is good for the business bottom line. Having diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures is profitable, and we're going to talk about how.
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Bio: ZABEEN MIRZA
Zabeen Mirza is the Founder & CEO of Jobs.mom. A professional negotiator, and former management consultant, Zabeen has served as strategist and advisor to everyone from Fortune 500 companies to the Prime Minister’s office of Dubai. She has her Master’s in Sustainable Management and is currently conducting her doctoral research in innovation engineering. A mother to three boys, Zabeen lives in Chappaqua, NY with her family, where she also serves as Co-Chairperson of the New Castle Council on Race & Equity (CRE). Additionally, she serves as Event Chair for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) to honor the memory of her late father who succumbed to the disease in 1999. Zabeen is featured regularly on Forbes, NBC, and various news outlets for her expertise.