There Are Things Only Business Can Do About Race: Five Tips to Hiring Black Talent

  • I am a CEO of a private middle market company.  Like many other business leaders, I struggle with my role in the often-divisive conversations on racial equity and social justice. 
  • I am CEO to all our employees and not just those who are Black. The challenges also seem so large and complex. The tone and tenor of the conversations trouble me. 
  • People seem more interested in lobing labels than talking, hearing and working together to solve challenges.  It is easy to become discouraged and disgusted with the entire topic. Yet the challenge of race in our county will not go away and it is costing us all in many ways.  

I spent the last few years doing my own research and allowing this new knowledge to inform my personal reflection. What is clear to me now is we, as business leaders, have a unique opportunity to contribute to the solutions needed to close the gaps between Blacks and Whites.  We can start with our sphere of influence and providing…

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