Today marks the day of our release of Ingredients of Outliers: Woman Game Changer Mildred M.G. Olivier, MD. Here we recognize the passionate humanitarian, advocate, and academic medical expert in the field of ophthalmology.
We were inspired by Dr. Olivier’s very active part she plays within her community as the Assistant Dean for Diversity at Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine to talk about diversity in the workplace. As part of her role, she advocates for minority students and staff, encouraging them to pursue their dream career in medicine, and to fill the diversity gaps that exist in the healthcare industry.
Dr. Olivier understands that anyone can be an active participant in diversity and it doesn’t take traveling across the world to do so (although she does travel to Haiti on a regular basis). She encourages each and every one of us to open up the door to a more creative and innovative way of living. Diversity gives us that opportunity to learn from others and strengthen our experiences working together.
In the same way that we have seen tremendous improvements with diversity in healthcare by eliminating inequalities in the quality and availability of health care of undeserved populations, research has also found that business leaders who are integrating workers from culturally diverse backgrounds to build their company are holding the highest advantage. Among these workplaces you will find a community of workers all contributing with their own unique differences. Not only does having a new set of attitudes, language skills, and global understanding help when trying to expand a company, it also gives employees an opportunity to shine. A more diverse workforce brings increased benefits both in and outside the company.
Check out this article which highlights those benefits, “The Top 10 Economic Facts of Diversity in the Workplace” which shares everything from how a diverse workforce can capture a greater share of the consumer market to how businesses can save employee turnover costs.
Although, as this article points out, diversity may look enticing from a business perspective, we encourage you to adopt these practices from a humanitarian standpoint. This is where Dr. Olivier caught our attention, despite her busy schedule, as the founder of Midwest Glaucoma Center, and serving on multiple professional and charitable boards, she still makes giving back to her community at Chicago Medical School a priority. Her continued push towards building a more diversified medical community encourages all of us to take action. Diversity is as important in healthcare professions and office jobs as it is to embracing it in our everyday interactions.
We have a lot to learn from leaders like Dr. Mildred M.G. Olivier who are standing up for things they care about and making a difference. We encourage you to read more in our edition of Ingredients of Women Game Changers featuring Dr. Olivier and a previous blog about her volunteer work in Haiti. Find out more about how embracing diversity led Dr. Olivier to be what we consider an outlier.