Editor's Note: Listen up!

Editor's note: Listen up!

Recently, we were contacted by someone who was concerned about our covers over the past year. They wanted to know why we only had protected groups on the cover. When my managing editor first relayed the conversation to me, I thought, “Really? Someone in Minnesota asked that?” 

I’ve had the privilege of meeting so many interesting, driven and successful people who are making Minnesota a better place, that I momentarily forgot not everyone has the same goals or perspectives. This call was a rude awakening, and it caused us to pause and think about how we should use our voice to facilitate a conversation about a topic that is so emotionally charged in the country.

We knew we couldn’t sit back and ignore that this is happening in Minnesota. We decided to tackle it head on with a perspective piece featuring four different contributors on why diversity in the workplace matters to them. 

Our intent with the article is to help facilitate a conversation. Our hope is that people read these perspectives and try to see the topic of diversity and inclusion from a different point of view — from multiple, different points of views. You don’t have to agree with what the authors have to say. We just ask that you take a moment to consider what they have to say, so that as you form your own opinions and share your own perspective, you’re able to do so from a place of expanded knowledge.

There is so much we can learn from one another, so many ways we can think differently that can help us innovate, solve common challenges, and stand apart from the competition. It’s something we should celebrate in Minnesota, where we have some of the most forward-thinking companies in the world. 

And to our reader who wanted to know why we “only” put protected groups on our cover: Our laws restrict discrimination based on race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information and citizenship. Our laws protect us all. So yes, we are happy to, and will continue to, showcase protected classes on our cover.

As the voice for inventive, growing companies, it’s kind of our thing.