On April 24th, 2012, I was fortunate enough to attend the DiversityInc presentation of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity®. It was a magnificent event for MasterCard.
I accompanied our Chief Diversity Officer, Donna Johnson, and her team of MasterCard diversity champions to the announcement dinner in New York City. It was a proud moment when the CEO of DiversityInc Luke Visconti announced that MasterCard had placed 15th within the top 50 companies for diversity (up from #31 prior year).
This is proof of the great work that MasterCard has done in driving the importance of diversity and inclusion throughout the organization, and constitutes a foundation in which all employees are working toward our vision of a world beyond cash.
Webster defines diversity as: “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements, especially the inclusion of different types of people”. But what does this actually mean when it comes to business? Does diversity really matter from a bottom line perspective? Oh, I say it does.
Diversity is a mind over matter concept, and diversity of thought is what drives business and allows us to tackle business challenges from a variety of angles. It is the facilitator for efficient problem solving, and a driver for the MasterCard value of Agility.
Ultimately, diversity is much more than people with different backgrounds; it is a crucial business driver, and I am proud to be part of a company that places such emphasis on different backgrounds, values, and points-of-view.
But don’t just take my word for it, check out our winning formula at DiversityInc.