The following session is from DiversityInc’s fourth annual Women of Color and Their Allies event, held Oct. 21, 2021. This year’s theme was “Sustaining Workforce Positions for Women of Color.” Throughout the day, panels consisting of researchers, thought leaders and executives shared their insights and strategies for helping women of color overcome common workplace barriers and spotlight allies working to sustain their positions within the workforce.
Women of color represent a significant segment of frontline workers and have seen their communities ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic since it began nearly two years ago. With children and families at home, many women had to make difficult choices on how their workforce participation affected their safety and those around them. In this session, we will explore the two distinctly different pandemics experienced by women of color.
Our special guest panelist for the session was David Casey, SVP of Workforce Strategies & Chief Diversity Officer for CVS Health (No. 26 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021). Lynn Cooper, VP of Marketing & Communications at DiversityInc, moderated the session.