Latinas can become leaders and improve their careers when they teach white male workers how to embrace their diversity so they can connect with people of all races and religions, says diversity expert speaker Pegine whose inspiring life story was recently profiled in a feature article on NBC Latino.com
"Latinas and women of color must be empowered to help their white brothers embrace their own diversity so we can all achieve our organizations' missions," says Pegine, MSW, CSP and SHRM member who is CEO of Team Pegine Inc. "We have to bring them into the program. When they grow, we all grow."
Team Pegine has created a diversity training program called White Guys Are Diverse Too! to help white men and those that work with them embrace their uniqueness. The program is geared for military, defense, government and federal contractors employees. It has been presented to officers at the US Navy, US Army, National Guard, US Marines and US Coast Guard.
She has researched diversity trends for many years and has found surprising conclusions.
"In fact, white guys might be the most overlooked group. The truth is Caucasian men already are diverse. They are diverse because of their age, background, economy, home life, geography, education, disabilities, intellectual, sexual orientation, marital status and children. No one is an Average Joe. But white men don't realize that," said Pegine, an expert on diversity training who has testified in front of the Congressional military leadership diversity commission. READ MORE