Diversity and its business value has been a focus of the corporate world for more than 50 years. But how many of us actually pause to appreciate the business impact of our own unique life experiences, personal style and behavior? It matters … to you, to those you lead, support and, even, to the person you just acknowledged (or didn’t) in your recent meeting.
Take a stroll through the video history below. See how a few individuals of diverse thought and style have made a lasting impact on our lives because of their belief and confidence in a cause much larger than themselves. At Boehringer Ingelheim, we realize that the diversity of our patients, customers and health care providers is crucial to our success as we deepen our cross-cultural capabilities around the world. And, as a global organization, we recognize that the differences and similarities of our employees’ backgrounds leads to diversity of thought which sparks the innovation required for our success.
Apple Computer Inc. Co-Founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft Corp. Co-Founder Bill Gates changed how the world communicates.
California Governor Jerry Brown and National Farm Workers Association (later United Farm Workers) Co-Founder Cesar Chavez joined forces in the fight for the civil and labor rights of America’s farm workers.
Nascar drivers Jeff Gordon and Danica Patrick break down the gender gap in the sport of auto racing.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, responsible for the Camp David Accords (September 17, 1978) which led to a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt that was signed on March 26, 1979.
Native American Winona LaDuke of Anishinaabe descent, is an activist, environmentalist, economist and writer, and is currently the executive director of Honor the Earth and the White Earth Land Recovery Project.
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, each an accomplished actor, director, producer and screenwriter, brought laughter and tears to millions of fans during their years of movie collaborations which included Sleeper, Interiors, Manhattan and Annie Hall.
U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf (left), who led military forces in the Persian Gulf War, the Invasion of Grenada and the Vietnam War, speaks with U.S. Army Forces Commander Colin Powell who went on to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as U.S. Secretary of State.
American internet entrepreneur/venture capitalist Tony Hsieh is the CEO of online shoe retailer Zappos.com, as well as the author of “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose.” At 24, he sold his company, LinkExchange, to Microsoft for $265 million.
Dancers Alexander Godunov, Judith Jamison and Alvin Ailey drew international acclaim for their groundbreaking choreography and interpretive skills.
Comedian Robin Williams (left) said of fellow humorist Jonathan Winters who passed in 2013 at the age of 87, “First he was my idol, then he was my mentor and amazing friend. He was my Comedy Buddha.”
Paralympic World Champion Tatyana McFadden was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, paralyzed from the waist down, abandoned by her birth mother at an orphanage, so poor she walked on her hands for the first 6 years of her life. She was adopted by U.S. Commissioner of Disabilities Deborah McFadden.
Former Philippines President Corazon ‘Cory’ Aquino, mother of five and wife of assassinated opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr., restored democratic rule to her country after leading revolution forces to victory over Ferdinand Marcos.