Nothing should systematically prevent equitable gainful employment opportunities or the development of future industry leaders. Workforce talent diversification, fueled and supported by programs like Apple's new Racial Equity and Justice Initiative must be a business imperative.
Statements promoting equity were a start, but what has actually been done? To enact real change, companies must begin and sustain the hard work of dismantling systems that perpetuate the racial inequities we see in society and the workplace.
College internship programs are a proven way to improve employability and launch individual careers: employers overwhelmingly prefer to hire students with intern experience, and students confirm that being an intern positively impacted their job readiness.
The summer of 2020 marked a pivotal moment in our nation. We as business leaders publicly pledged support of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and there was a sense of renewed focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. However, it is one thing...