Mike Cote's Business Editor's Notebook: Diversity reaches New Hampshire
A mix of social agencies, businessesThe membership of the Diversity Workforce Coalition, a 401c3 not-for-profit organization, represents a mix of social agencies and business. Founding members include:
• Measured Progress, (a Dover-based education assessment not-for-profit)
• Southern New Hampshire University
• Catholic Medical Center
• Praxair Tafa (an industrial products company that has operations in Concord)
• GoffWilson P.A., a law firm that has a Concord office
• Manchester Area Human Resources Association
• Prime, Buchholz & Associates (a Porstmouth-based investment consulting firm)
• Northeast Delta Dental
• HR State Council of NH
• Easter Seals.
Groups listed as members are:
• Birch Hill Terrace
• Wilson Employment Networks
• Granite Group Benefits LLC
• Center for Life Management.
For more information, visit diversityworkforce.org
After all, as the late North Country political leader Ray Burton reportedly once said, the Granite State is plenty diverse, with a healthy mix of Democrats, Republicans and undeclared.
New Hampshire's minority population, according to the 2010 Census, has grown to 7.7 percent and is the state's fastest growing segment. While minorities have settled in various parts of the state, Southern New Hampshire has the biggest concentration. Of the more than 15,000 people who identify themselves as black or African-American, about 4,500 live in Manchester, and about 2,300 live in Nashua. Of the nearly 37,000 Hispanic residents in the state, about 8,800 live in Manchester, and 8,500 live in Nashua.
The coalition's mission is to "promote diversity in the workplace through education, training, enhanced networking opportunities, and to identify and connect resources to its members and the public."
"We will find over the years that a more diverse workforce produces a better bottom line for the business and produces a better product for the business," Wilson said during his opening remarks.
"People generally think that immigrants provide services at the low-end of the pay scale.
New Hampshire also needs to recognize that the up-and-coming millennial generation has a different worldview.
And they also want to work for companies that embrace it.
Young workers researching potential employers turn to the back of a company's annual report to see if people who share their race, gender or ethnicity are among the company's executives or board of directors, said Andrew Smith, a management consultant on the panel who specializes in diversity issues and leadership development.
Mike Cote is business editor at the Union Leader. Contact him at 668-4321 ext. 324 or email@example.com.
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