Americans have been lulled into a false sense of reality that we live in a post-racist world, especially as more people of color are becoming billionaires, millionaires and have reached the White House, the pinnacle of society leadership. Such accomplishments have spewed a flurry of racism into society, severely turning back the timeclock in corporate America, limiting the progress of people of color to reach the C-Suite.
Serendipitously, the Coronavirus Pandemic and George Floyd Protests have created The Great Societal Shift of 2020. Businesses, educational institutions and government operations were forced to pivot in order to survive. Everyone, plunged into the digital waters as the world packed 5 years of innovation into 5 months, to remain alive and even thrive.
Technology brings efficiency at the greatest level. The world will NEVER return to our “old” normal. However many institutions have not reskilled their people to accelerate this digital shift. Many who were laid off have not returned to work. Many of these workers are people of color and women. I feel America missed a grand opportunity, during the pandemic, to reskill every American for the accelerating digital economy while they are collecting unemployment benefits.