Curated by our State Inclusion Coordinator, Mikayla Cerwinske. Read all about how the business world is changing to be more accepting, and Mikayla's thoughts on what Collegiate DECA students should know about as they get ready to enter their career.
Hello Arizona Collegiate DECA! My name is Mikayla Cerwinske and I am one of your state office team members for this year. As your State Inclusion Coordinator, I have many new goals for our association this year.
When I ran for state office, one of my main focuses and goals for the organization was to implement education about intersectionality and the issues faced by marginalized people in business. For some, this may appear to be an imposing of political and moral views through the organization. However, supporting marginalized people in business is more than a case of morality, it is a case of adaptation and survival within the rapidly changing world of business.
According to the National Minority Supplier Development Council, “Minority owned businesses in the United States generate $400 billion annually and actively employ 2.25 million people. Furthermore, minority owned businesses have a projected 70 percent growth rate.” (Vowels, “Economic Impact Report”) Women business owners also play a substantial role in the US economy, with women owned businesses generating $1.4 trillion in revenue and employing nearly 8 million people, as stated by the National Association of Women Business Owners. Also, according to the National Women’s Business council, businesses owned by women are experiencing a rapid growth rate of about 28 percent. (Coleman & Robb, Access to Capital by High-Growth Women-Owned Business.)
These figures project that a large sector of our economy will soon be in the hands of marginalized communities. As future participants in this economy, it is vital that we learn to work with these communities and understand their perspectives, and as future leaders it is especially important that we learn now.
Throughout this year in DECA, I hope to help educate my fellow students in navigating this new world of business through workshops, educational blog posts, and relevant online resources. I invite all of you to join the conversation and work to create a more inclusive space within DECA and the business world. Come with an open mind and be ready to learn and listen.
References: Vowels, Scott A., PhD. "Economic Impact Report." Economic Impact Report. National Minority Supplier Development Council, 1 Aug. 2014. Web. 25 Sept. 2017.
Coleman, Susan, DPS, and Alicia Robb, Ph.D. "Access to Capital by High-Growth Women-Owned Business." National Women's Business Council. National Women's Business Council, 3 Apr. 2014. Web. 25 Sept. 2017.