A popular topic this year is the election for the next President of the United States. This year's election seems to be the most intense and most important election year to date. This year I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to cover the DNC through Motivos Magazine.
The last day of the DNC was great! Although I didn't get to go to the Wells Fargo Arena, one last time I attended an awesome panel. This panel was around the topic of diversity in the workplace. This panel as a diverse group of successful people and the room was full of very diverse people of color as well.
Panel Title: People of color; not just for Stock Photos
Executive Director at Green 2.0
Chancellor of Public Schools for the District of Colombia
President & CEO of Minorities Corporate Counsel Association
*These were just some of the panelists
Most people on this panel were women (which I love). Often times white males are plastered throughout the media. We rarely see successful women of color in the media and I just loved that there were a group of inspiration people gathering around and having a discussion on diversity.
This panel addressed many important topics but the main topic was the lack of diversity in the professional workplace. All the people on the panel were of different professions so there were a wide range of experiences with a common theme; no diversity.
While the panel was geared toward finding a solution many panelists came to the consensus that companies wanting to diversify their employees need to be intentional with everything they do. They need to be intentional with their recruiting and using their employees to their full potential and NOT just hiring to fill quota. Also companies should be held accountable for the things they say. So many times companies will talk about diversifying their employment but all they do is talk.
Being a part of this panel filled me with hope and also made me realize that it is plausible for me to be successful in my field but it's going to take extra work.
And since this was the last day in Philadelphia it only made sense to go shopping. I went to gift shops and local stores. I had an amazing few days in Philadelphia and this is the most memorable thing of 2016 thus far.