goal: Support greater success of diverse populations in the region
Metro Milwaukee, like many major urban areas around the country, faces a formidable challenge when it comes to the diversity and inclusion of its workforce. African Americans make up 16.4% of the metro's population, but are severely under represented in our four-year college graduates, positions in management and business ownership. Milwaukee sits at the very bottom of several undesirable rankings, including most segregated city in the nation. The need for talent has never been greater and yet thousands of people of color are sidelined from full participation in this growing economy. Many of the objectives mentioned previously in this report – specifically in education and workforce development – are aimed at improving those numbers. But there is also a need to improve the reality of the experience for individuals in the workforce. As a business community, we need to navigate the transition from having a diversity program to becoming a culture of inclusion. Always a moral imperative, this goal is also a business imperative and organizational priority for the MMAC.
“It is not possible to be a healthy, thriving, growing region with the kind of racial disparity we are experiencing…we can’t afford to leave talent on the sidelines.”
- Convene a group of board members and thought leaders to explore actions that can be tied to metrics.
- Sponsor conversations around inclusivity with diverse participants.
- Host multi-cultural networking events in conjunction with metro minority chambers.
- Continue support of Milwaukee Women inc – an organization dedicated the advancement of women in leadership and board positions.