Thought Leader, INROADS CEO, Pledges Actions to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in Corporate America

INROADS Joins List of Influential Corporations to Measurably Transform Workplace Diversity

St. Louis, Missouri, June13, 2017 — The CEO Action for Diversity and InclusionTM is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. United by a commitment to see Corporate America become more diverse and inclusive, more than 150 of the nation’s leading CEOs have united to collectively advance this initiative. INROADS CEO, Forest T. Harper Jr., applauds and joins these CEOs in signing a pledge to advance diversity and inclusion in Corporate America.

The CEO Action for Diversity and InclusionTM aims to rally the business community to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. To date, the effort has amassed support from more than 150 influential corporations and their CEOs, including Proctor & Gamble, David Taylor; PwC, Tim Ryan; and Kaiser Permanente, Bernard J. Tyson, just to name a few. In its legacy, INROADS has become an innovative organization that these companies have come to rely on for best practices in diversity and inclusion.

Other corporations who have traditionally partnered with INROADS in the pipeline for talent diversity and inclusion are JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lockheed Martin, Pfizer Inc., Travelers, United Technologies Corporation and Wells Fargo.

“I am honored to count INROADS among the growing list of corporations who support increased diversity in Corporate America. INROADS has a proven track record of preparing and developing talented diverse leaders for success in Corporate America,” said Harper. “Our model is built around a deliberate set of training, mentoring and evidence-based programs that prepares diverse talent for Corporate America,” said Harper.

By signing on to this commitment, CEOs pledge to take action to cultivate a workplace where different points of views are welcomed, share best-known actions and challenges, and implement and expand unconscious bias education.

Since 1970, INROADS has served as a model for both an inclusive workforce and best practices for increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. For nearly 50 years, corporations have looked to INROADS for talented diverse leaders. INROADS joins the CEO Action for Diversity and InclusionTM to provide best practices and programs to corporations and government in order to forge measurable outcomes in the diversity and inclusion workplace.

In addition, INROADS invites corporations by design to elevate and accelerate its best practices through innovative collaboration that delivers not only workplace diversity, but also social impact. One area of impact has been INROADS’ diverse, trained talent that are 80% more likely to gain job offers when compared to other interns in Corporate America. For more information, visit INROADS.org.

About INROADS
Founded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that affects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. INROADS has placed students in over 135,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated over 28,000 alumni into full-time professional and leadership positions with over 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. Learn more at INROADS.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @INROADS Inc.

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