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In Breaking Good, we often highlight the importance of diversity across the corporate ecosystem, and especially in the board room. Diversity is crucial as board members impact an organization's talent strategies, culture, priorities and bottom-line. Additionally, data has shown that companies with diverse leadership outperform their peers. This is a key pillar of stakeholder capitalism and an essential way for a company’s purpose and profit to align.

Similar importance applies to what is essentially the board of our country — the President's Cabinet. President Biden must be an avid Breaking Good reader as he has nominated the most diverse presidential Cabinet in US history. He appointed more women than any other President and one analysis found that 50% of nominees for Cabinet positions and Cabinet-level positions are people of color. This is a notable difference from the previous administration, which was staffed by a paltry 16% people of color.

The Biden Administration's staffing of diverse, experienced public servants dispels the pipeline problem myth. Instead, we see the results of hiring specifically to create a "board" that much more closely resembles the American people and brings a diverse range of life experiences to national decision-making.

Wishing well to all those joining the Administration and continuing public servants as we all work to solve our country’s most pressing problems.

"There is always light if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it."

- Amanda Gorman

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