May 2017: Do You See the Full Spectrum of People of Color and Visible Minorities?

C-News: May 2017
Do you see the full spectrum of people of color and visible minorities?
When asked to imagine a person of color or a visible minority, who do you see? Black men? Asian women? Latina women? When it comes to people of color and visible minorities, there is deep diversity, including Indigenous, Asian, Black, Latino, Indian, Pacific Islander, and multiracial people. This month we showcase these groups by providing important research on their growing numbers and how we can ensure everyone is included in diversity conversations.
Do you see the full spectrum of people of color and visible minorities?
QUICK TAKE: Women of Color in the USQUICK TAKE
Women of Color in the US

The US population and labor force is changing. Between 2014 and 2024, it is projected that women of color will increase their share of jobs held by all women by:

  • 30.3% = for Hispanic women.
  • 24.3% = for Asian women.
  • 11.3% = for African American women.

But currently, women of color make up a large percentage of the overall low-wage workforce:

  • Hispanic women = 15.0%
  • African American women = 6.1%
  • Asian, Hawaiian, and/or Pacific Islander women = 4.4%

And this trend suggests that the increase in share of jobs for women of color will be in these low-wage, low-level positions. Plus, women of color can be held back from thriving in their day-to-day experiences of workplace inclusion and exclusion by experiences of Emotional Tax.

What you can do...
Learn how to Flip the Script when it comes to talking to and about women of color and engage in conversations with people across all dimensions of difference. And find out how to build trust between managers and direct reports from various backgrounds.

REPORT: Missing Pieces Report: The 2016 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 BoardsREPORT
Missing Pieces Report: The 2016 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards

Since 2004, the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) has been striving to enhance shareholder value by promoting inclusion of women and racial/ethnic minorities on corporate boards. This study has examined and chronicled the degree of participation of diverse professionals on boards of directors across America’s largest companies.

Here are some takeaways from 2016:

  • In 2016, fewer than 15 percent of all board seats in the Fortune 500 were held by minorities, including African Americans/Blacks, Asian/Pacific Islanders and Hispanics/Latino(a)s.
  • Asian/Pacific Islander men and women have shown continued growth. However, their starting baseline was small—thus their overall representation is still roughly 3% of all board seats.
  • Nominal gains have been accomplished for Hispanic/Latino men, while we saw a loss of two Fortune 500 board seats for Hispanic/Latina women since 2012.

What you can do to get more women on boards...
See if your CEO has pledged to be a part of the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change initiative. And find out how they can drive diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in the workplace.

WEBINAR: National Aboriginal Day WEBINAR
National Aboriginal Day

On June 21, National Aboriginal Day, we recognize and celebrate the diverse culture and achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across Canada.

What you can do...
Join this webinar to hear how managers are engaging in inclusive leadership so indigenous people can thrive, and examine methods for including Aboriginal and Indigenous individuals at work.

QUICK TAKE: Visible Minorities in CanadaQUICK TAKE
Visible Minorities in Canada

The Employment Equity Act defines as visible minorities “persons, other than Aboriginal persons, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.” In Canada, South Asian, Chinese, and Black people account for 61.3% of the “visible minority” population.

  • The largest group, South Asian people, are 25% of the total visible minority population and 4.8% of Canada's total population.
  • Women visible minorities have a labour force participation rate of 61.7%, nearly equal to the labour force participation rate for all women (61.6%).


  • Visble minority women suffer the largest pay gap, earning just 74.1% of what all men earn.

What you can do...
Listen to back episodes of The Colour Code, a podcast from The Globe and Mail on race in Canada.

COURSE: Our First edX Course in Spanish COURSE
Our First edX Course in Spanish

As Catalyst continues to make change through global partnerships, we’re joining forces with IPADE, the leading business school in Mexico, and its pioneering Research Center for Women in Senior Management, to help train and advance women leaders. We are launching a Spanish-language course on edX as part of Catalyst’s Inclusive Leadership Learning Initiative.

What you can do...
The first live run of the course, “Cómo Convertirse en un Líder Exitoso: Entrenamiento de Liderazgo Inclusivo,” starts May 16, 2017. Find out more and sign up today…

Upcoming Events
May 8-9
ERLI 2017: Leveraging ERGs to Redefine Leadership
May 15
Catalyst Europe Roundtable: Driving Inclusion Through Employee Resource Groups
May 17
Catalyst Canada Roundtable: Diversity and Inclusion Council Effectiveness
May 18
Broadening Your Perspectives: Beyond Unconscious Bias
May 25
Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives: Sharing and Creating Opportunities for Women in STEM
June 1
2017 Catalyst Solutions Summit in Japan—Leadership Redefined: Inclusive Leadership as a Business Strategy
June 1
Creating LGBT-Inclusive Workplaces
June 8
Catalyst Canada Roundtable: Creating LGBT Inclusive Workplaces
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