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Business professionals from organizations of all types and sizes hold some amount of power, but how you shape the economy and community is when you are truly influential. You could sit atop the largest employer in the region with billions of dollars in revenue, like Dr. Eric Dickson at UMass Memorial Health, and play a significant role inside and outside of your industry.
While shifting cultural norms in the business community have found hiring managers outwardly working toward hiring a more diverse staff, studies in the last few years by organizations like McKinsey & Co. and Regent University found women and people of color are promoted less frequently than their white male counterparts. This produces a dynamic where company leadership at many organizations remains dominated by white males even as the company's employees become more diversified.