Why DEI Matters Behind The Numbers

podcast December 31, 1969

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In this episode, hosts Ian Dunlap, Troy Millings, and Rashad Bilal sit down with Rick Wade, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to discuss the current landscape of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the corporate world.

Rick Wade shares valuable insights on the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion, emphasizing how companies with diverse executive teams are more profitable, and how investing in closing skills gaps among minority populations today is crucial for future competitiveness. He also discusses the impact of minority suppliers on cost savings and innovation for companies.

Moreover, Rick addresses the importance of recommitting to DEI initiatives, highlighting a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus that focused on holding S&P 500 companies accountable for their commitments to DEI following the George Floyd murder. He stresses the economic benefits of investing in DEI and the positive impact on future workforce and community job creation.

The conversation extends to emerging markets, as Rick discusses the potential for business in countries like India, China, and despite challenges, the Middle East and Africa. He emphasizes the need for companies to understand and engage with these markets, leveraging resources like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Foreign Commercial Service Office Division to facilitate connections.

For entrepreneurs watching the show, Rick provides advice on how to act on the information shared. He encourages them to start by learning and navigating platforms such as, and to get engaged with business organizations like local chambers or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He emphasizes the value of networking and suggests being intentional in investing time and resources into these organizations.

In conclusion, Rick expresses his appreciation for the work of the hosts and encourages partnership between Market Mondays and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, highlighting the potential to create thriving business communities akin to the historic Black Wall Street. He emphasizes the necessity, not just the desire, for intentional collaboration in this work.

Join us for an insightful and informative discussion, touching on the business case for diversity, emerging markets, and actionable advice for entrepreneurs and business leaders. Don't miss out on the valuable insights and impactful perspectives shared by Rick Wade on Market Mondays.


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