Panel: Ownership key to manufacturing diversity

DIVERSITY WANTED: Community leaders said that more women are needed in the corporate boardrooms and offices of manufacturing companies. | File photo

Austin Weekly News quotes Teresa Cordova, director of the Great Cities Institute at UIC, in an article recapping the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council’s recent panel that explored ways manufacturing companies can become more racially and ethnically diverse.

“That’s definitely true [in my experience],” said Cordova, adding that one area where diversity is lacking is among the business executives.

“Whether its leadership of agencies, leadership of businesses, diversity is really important. C-suites, that’s where we’re not seeing diversity — where the decisions occur, where people’s lives [are affected], that’s where we’re not seeing the diversity. That’s where the shift needs to be.”

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