From Gucci to Google, companies are leveling the playing field by nurturing young talent from minority communities, providing them with educational opportunities and resources

The working world is notoriously biased. Belonging to a marginalized identity or community can stall careers and exclude qualified people from a place at the table—even as companies attempt to celebrate “diversity.”

But thanks to early action by a few global brands, more doors are beginning to open for people of color and people who identify across the gender spectrum. There is much work to be done before the playing field is fully leveled, but these initiatives are positive first steps in that direction.

Gucci Changemakers
In order to foster greater diversity and inclusivity in the fashion industry, luxury fashion brand Gucci has launched Changemakers. The program will not only provide scholarships to students across various disciplines in fashion, but also fund better opportunities for the Black community, as well as the larger community of color.

Google Code Next
Tech giant Google opened its third of its Code Next labs at the Boys and Girls Club Of Harlem in New York City, offering free after-school and weekend computer science programs to high schoolers. The mission is to cultivate the next generation of Black and Latinx tech leaders.

Deloitte Comic Book Initiative
Professional services firm Deloitte partnered with cartoon series The Ella Projects to publish comic books that encourage girls to pursue STEM careers. Each story focuses on Ella the Engineer, showcasing her problem-solving skills, as well as weaving in the stories of real-life female executives and entrepreneurs.


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The working world is notoriously biased. Belonging to a marginalized identity or community can stall careers and exclude qualified people from a place at the table—even as companies attempt to celebrate “diversity.”

But thanks to early action by a few global brands, more doors are beginning to open for people of color and people who identify across the gender spectrum. There is much work to be done before the playing field is fully leveled, but these initiatives are positive first steps in that direction.