In 2013, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, which propelled the legislative successes of 1964 and 1965. Despite the progress that has been made, and the increasing diversity within the nation, doors are still closed to certain segments of the population. In the corporate arena, women and people of color are significantly underrepresented at the boardroom and senior management levels. Corporate leaders must be held accountable for strides in diversity as their organizations profit from the growing purchasing power of these segments.
The Windows of Opportunity Campaign is an effort of the Birmingham Initiative to create change within seven Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in Ohio that lack diversity within their boardroom and executive ranks. We intend to engage their CEOs and board members with calls to action while urging them to be champions of change and to diversify for their competitive advantage. We also seek to develop partnerships and collaborate with Ohio residents and community organizations to make a fundamental shift in these companies’ exclusionary practices. The seven Ohio companies are listed below.
1. Cooper Tires
3. Mettler-Toledo International
5. Travel Centers of America