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Diversity and inclusion are two very powerful words. And when many people hear them, it brings to mind two other words: human resources. And with good reason. For decades, HR has been the primary driver of diversity across the enterprise. But times have changed. Diversity is no longer just “an HR thing,” it’s a competitive advantage for all. And it is the responsibility of every function and person within a company to drive. According to a study from Northwestern and BYU, diverse groups of people consistently outperform and are considered more effective than their homogenous counterparts.

To succeed in today’s hypercompetitive world, businesses have to innovate and differentiate. And diversity is the key to doing both. The best ideas come not from teams that look, think and act alike, but from diverse groups with differing backgrounds and opinions.

Diversity is the key to unlocking totally new ways of doing things that can transform the way we live and work. But sometimes, bias gets in the way. Cultural attitudes and stereotypes surrounding gender, race, age, ethnicity, social class, sexuality and nationality creep into the workplace and fundamentally impact the way that business is done. Many companies don’t even know   these biases exist. But those that commit to uncovering and eliminating them can unleash the power of diversity and not only propel their businesses forward, but make the world a better place.

Next month, SAP Ariba will convene some of the leading champions of diversity to discuss how businesses can move beyond bias to not only do well, but do good, The company will host a Diversity and Leadership Lunch during SAP Ariba Live, the premier business commerce event that will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas March 5-7. Hosted by Julie Gerdeman, Head of Network Value Organization, SAP Ariba, the exclusive event will feature top business professionals who will share their insights and stories of success, including best-selling author, renowned speaker and advocate for the empowerment of youth, women and those from racially, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, and Anka Wittenberg, SVP, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Head of People Sustainability, SAP SE.

Attendees will also be able to participate in three unique break out sessions focused on women in leadership, driving change through diversity and inclusion and the future of leadership in procurement.

Diversity isn’t a box to check. It’s a valuable asset that can transform the world as we know it today. And we’re all responsible for it. I sincerely hope you’ll join me in Las Vegas March 7th to join the movement and make a difference.

Please be sure to register for SAP Ariba Live to experience this exclusive event.

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