Companies Rally to Stress Diversity, Inclusion

Fred Hutch, T-Mobile and Alaska Airlines are among companies involved in helping workers uncover unconscious bias
Updated: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:10
 
 
  • Fred Hutch, T-Mobile and Alaska Airlines are among companies involved in helping workers uncover unconscious bias

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Check Your Blind Spots tour rolls into the Seattle-area the next week. The nationwide tour features interactive tech activities designed to help employees uncover their own unconscious bias and to foster diversity and inclusion.

Several prominent Seattle-area companies have stepped up to host the activities:

--On Oct. 16, the tour stops at data company F5 Networks and consulting firm PwC from noon through 5:30 p.m. at 2230 Fifth Ave. in downtown Seattle.

--It stops at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Ave., on Oct. 17. Times are yet to be determined.

--On Oct. 18 it stops at consulting firm Point B’s offices at South Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

--Next week, it stops at T-Mobile headquarters in Bellevue on Monday, 3625 132nd Ave. S.E., and at Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac on Tuesday. On Oct. 23 it winds up at Hasbro’s offices at 1600 Lind Ave. S.W. in Renton.

Hundreds of companies across the nation have pledged to support a more inclusive workplace as part of the campaign. Seattle-area companies include Expedia Group, Ikea US, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Symetra Financial Corp., as well as those listed above.

A study by Boston Consulting Group found that organizations with greater diversity recorded better financial results than their competitors. The return on investment at Fortune 500 companies with at least three women directors was 53% higher, and net profit margin at companies was 6% higher when women filled at least 30% of leadership roles.

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