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With all the headwinds professionals in the industry face, WBJ wanted to start a new honor highlighting the very best who are struggling and succeeding in this high-profile industry: a doctor who has fought infectious disease for decades; another doctor who volunteered to help refugees from the War in Ukraine; a nurse helping teenagers in mental health crisis, a support staff who revolutionized the way patients and providers communicate; the administrator who ensures patients’ basic needs are met.
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.