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The Diversity Index by Susan E. REED

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1 The Diversity Buffet

DIVERSITY HAS BECOME A SMORGASBORD FROM WHICH companies are taking what they desire and leaving the rest. The partial use of the diversity concept has resulted in the formation of a persistent racial ceiling in corporate America. The difference between today and 50 years ago is that white women are now part of the problem.

In 2009, more than 40 percent of the Fortune 100 had no minorities among their executive officers. These white-ceiling companies often display a rainbow of employees on the leadership pages of their Web sites. They advertise their employee networks and expound on their commitment to diversity with inspirational statements. But the executive officers who are entrusted with setting policy in the corporation—the ...

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