Dixon and fellow panelist Rochon agreed mentoring was key to helping African-American women advance. According to the Catalyst study, not having an influential sponsor or mentor was the most common career barrier for Black women.

“I think we need to extend ourselves to the community and African-American women in particular,” Rochon said. “There’s so much opportunity out there for us to help one another.”

The Pennsylvania Diversity Council was organized in 2010 in response to pay disparities.

The organization is committed to transforming the workplace into an environment “where people are valued for their uniqueness and differences, and are confident that their contributions matter.”



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