Diverse People Practices

Fred Barnes  /  Facility Vice President-Tulsa Fulfillment Center, Macy’s

Macy’s believes that different perspectives are important to our company, and we benefit greatly from the individual strengths of each associate. We support this belief in our recruiting, hiring, developing and promoting opportunities. With stores and fulfillment centers located in the most diver se markets in the nation, it’s essential to have a strategic plan < more >

Diverse Suppliers

Paula Marshall  /  Chief Executive Officer & Chief Inclusion Officer, Bama Companies

Many people ask me, “What is the benefit of increasing the diversity in your suppliers?” Is it just another way of giving people a handout? In fact, there is a proven business case for a diverse supply chain.

Much like the argument for a diverse workforce, the business case for establishing programs that source minority and women-owned suppliers is that it’s good for my company’s bottom line. Market share among Hispanic, African American, Asian and LGBT populations continues to grow, changing the market for most organizations. According to Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), 46 percent of the U.S. population will be…

Community Outreach

Mike Neal  /  President & CEO, Tulsa Regional Chamber

As a business leadership organization, the Chamber values community as both a key driver and indicator of the Tulsa region’s quality of life. If we at the Chamber are to improve that quality of life through increased economic prosperity, developing a strong sense of community then becomes a strategic priority. Furthermore, if we are to develop and enhance that sense of community, we must find ways to champion the inclusion of all in propelling our region forward. Community outreach looks very different from organization to organization, but the consistent theme is a public, visible support of diverse groups < more >

CEO Commitment

Marilyn Ihloff  /  Owner & President, Ihloff Salon and Day Spa; 2016 Chair, Mosaic

“If you don’t intentionally include, you’ll unintentionally exclude.”

At a Mosaic-sponsored workshop for Tulsa HR professionals last fall, nationally recognized inclusivity expert Joe Gerstandt made this potent observation. Companies must act willfully and intentionally to enjoy the benefits of a more diverse, inclusive workplace. To ensure organizational-wide participation and buy-in, that intent must begin in the executive office. Tulsa is fortunate to have a number of senior executives personally committed to championing inclusivity. < more >