What do you do if you feel like you've been made a department head for optics rather than for your skill? I'm a new director of our DEI department, which is really just 4 others and me. I'm almost positive I got the job because I was one of 2 non-white senior managers.

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Take it and be sooo good at your job that they can't work without you around. And if it bothers you too much, then take the job and find a new place to work at...🤷‍♀️

Most organizations I've worked with have hired me after having hired & fired 2 people who where given the position, and I was lastly brought on board as a diversity hire. It used to bug at first, but now I see it more as an opportunity, esp. since my organization has a track record for promoting incompetent people who do not fall under the diversity/minority spectrum.


Yes. Just because someone is part of the emerging majority does not mean they have the skills to do this work. Kudos to you if you do have the skills and desire to do this tough work!

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