State of the Union: Why Top Leadership Needs to Be On Board

By Barbara Frankel

State of the Union: Why Top Leadership Needs to Be On BoardPresident Obama’s gutsy State of the Union speech spelled out exactly what he wants to do with the remainder of his term, including the economy, access to education, immigration, equal wages, veteran assistance and marriage equality. But he faces an uphill battle since he lacks buy-in and support from the Republican Congress.

Think of it in corporate terms. If your CEO “gets” how critical diversity and inclusion is to your business goals but his or her direct reports don’t, it is hard—but not impossible—to implement successful D&I initiatives across your business units. What is impossible is using D&I for business goals without the CEO’s support.

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