Archived: Is Ethnic Hair OK in Corporate America

Luke Visconti’s Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart, direct and disarmingly frank answers.


Question:

How does corporate America view African-American people with natural hair

Answer:

Depends on the company. At progressive companies, like those in The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, you will find an environment that is less interested in hairstyle and more interested in what’s inside the covering of the head. Please note that the Top 50 companies, expressed as a stock index, beat the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq and S&P 500. This proves that diversity management is a core part of superior corporate governance.

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