Article courtesy of the National Minority Supplier Development Council
by: Mike Barber
Chief Diversity Officer at GE
Today, we honor the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The past year has highlighted all too well that we still have much more work to do to achieve his dream. As I reflect on the many lessons from Dr. King’s life and actions, I am struck by his consistent commitment to hope. Hope for the future. Hope for what we can collectively achieve together… the promised land he so frequently spoke about.
The work we do today will not immediately end injustice and inequality, but it will make real progress. Making progress on tough issues is at the heart of GE’s new Purpose: “Rising to the challenge of building a world that works.” I have been with GE for 40 years and what has always driven me is the big opportunity the company gives us all to make a difference.
I know Larry Culp, GE Chairman & CEO, agrees, which is why last summer, he shared his belief that education is the single most important driver of economic inclusion. With a long history of education and workforce diversity programs, he asked Russell Stokes, Chairman of GE Power Portfolio and President & CEO of GE Aviation Services, and me to work with Linda Boff, GE Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Learning Officer, and the GE Foundation to see where we could make a difference. I am proud to share the GE Foundation is taking the next step on this commitment.
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