An effort to increase the number of positions in leadership held by diverse populations in the Greater Portland region, the Diversity in Leadership is one of the first lead, long-term initiatives of Greater Portland 2020.

Companies across the region will commit to sharing the composition of their leadership ranks and work with communities of color and service providers to co-develop solutions to recruit, retain and elevate diverse leaders.

From 1980-2010, people of color went from 7.7 percent to 23.7 percent of the population. By 2040, people of color will represent nearly 42% of the region’s population. Jobs of the future require higher levels of skills and education. By 2020, 44 percent of jobs will require at least a AA degree or higher. Skilled talent is moving to our region, attracted by quality of life and economic opportunities.