I am a customer of the first two organizations and an alumnus of the third. I thank the faculty and especially my fellow students at the University of California for teaching me to appreciate the value of diversity where I work and where I live.
To recap the data that I linked to in this mini-photo essay:
- People in intolerant places are less happy and less fulfilled than those in tolerant and open-minded ones.
- Business organizations that embrace diversity have more customers and greater profitability (even after controlling for size and region of the U.S.).
- Health and health care is improved when we embrace the differences of the people we are serving and serving with.
All three organizations agree (here, here, and here) that their positions are based on their interest in supporting diverse communities that can compete locally and globally. The best organizations and communities in the world see diversity as an asset, which is why I work for one, and why I live in one. Respect creates the most powerful stickiness there is.