Diversity: Beyond The Numbers Game

Patricia Bush is the kind of employee every company wants. She's hardworking, creative, and gets things done. An African American project manager at Polaroid Corp., Bush joined the Cambridge (Mass.) employer after college, in 1979, and has moved steadily up through production, marketing, and sales. It doesn't hurt that Polaroid has supported Bush--and other minority and women professionals--by giving her jobs with high visibility and clout. What's more, the top brass gives free rein to an advocacy group of senior black managers that Bush helps run. "When I talk to my friends at other companies, it's like night and day," Bush says.

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