No, Wells Fargo. The Reality Is There Is Ample Black Talent

It is not enough, however, to hire a more diverse team

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Well-known brands like Wells Fargo must take definitive action to foster and maintain diversity in the workforce. Getty Images

Black and brown executives have long faced systemic discrimination in the workplace. They are less likely to receive promotions and more likely to be overlooked for jobs than their non-minority colleagues of similar qualifications and experience levels. When they do receive opportunities to perform these roles, Black and brown executives are often grossly underpaid. A well-known 2009 study found that in the advertising industry specifically, racial discrimination against Black professionals was 38% worse than it was in the broader U.S. labor market. The situation stemming from Wells Fargo— where CEO Charles Scharf stated in an internal memo that “the unfortunate reality is that there is a very limited pool of black talent to recruit from”—is unfortunately, all too common. 

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@CEOCourtney Courtney Newell is a black millennial multicultural marketing and communications expert.