In the summer of 2020, companies around the nation made public commitments to increase their focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. For some businesses, those declarations were indeed the dawn of a new day. For others, momentum has stalled. Regardless of where a company is on its DEI journey, experts say a new year brings an opportunity to ensure it’s on the right track.
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José Luis Cruz Rivera, president of Northern Arizona University, has homed in on a workforce-development issue that’s challenging his new state. While scores of employers are expanding into Arizona and hiring workers, the state’s level of education attainment, which is the percentage of adults who complete education after high school, trails the national average.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s Mobilize AZ initiative has awarded grants to seven local community organizations, providing funding to help combat diabetes and address social determinants of health.
The holiday season is a time to reflect on the past year, identify what we are grateful for and look forward to the new year. For me, I am grateful for my family, my health, and the opportunity to participate in the Great American work experience. You see, I am one of the fortunate few Americans who are blind to be gainfully employed. National statistics indicate 70% of individuals who are blind or have significant disabilities are unemployed.
More American women are participating in the workforce than ever before but working from home in the pandemic might have stalled that progress. The Arizona Tech Council is one of the largest technology-driven trade associations in the United States. It represents a large range of technology companies, many of which are trying to hire more women.
Their 17-by-65-feet house with a single room is two and a half miles off the roadway. The closest neighbors live 5 miles away. The nearest town, 25 miles.
But the Taylors have plenty to keep them busy. The husband and wife duo, members of the Hopi tribe, spend their days watching over their 25 cattle that graze the land. A couple of horses also run around the homestead.
Today, in observance of Native American Heritage Month in the U.S., Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced a $1.8 million donation to organizations supporting Indigenous communities in the U.S. The investment package will fund 22 programs working to improve access to clean water, provide resources for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, increase natural disaster response and preparation in high-risk communities and support STEM education programs for Native American students and workforce training for veterans.
As cyberattacks increase in scale and severity, so too does the global demand for cybersecurity professionals – in all aspects of the field and across all sectors. The supply seemingly cannot keep up, resulting in an acute talent shortage. But in this talent shortage, there is an even bigger and more troubling gap: the lack of diversity in cybersecurity.
BestCompaniesAZ and Career Connectors are hosting their Semi-Annual Diversity Talks virtual event on November 4th at 9am. Learn more about the best companies in Arizona with a panel discussion and presentations lead by executives and recruiters.
Some business and civic leaders in Arizona say the answer to the labor shortage in our state could lie with immigration policy. They’re urging a pathway to citizenship that will help talented workers enter the workforce. The influential Arizonans — including elected officials, former lawmakers, and CEOs of companies and nonprofits — wrote an open letter to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Sen. Mark Kelly.