Human Capital

Battling to Save Professional Men of Color from Career Derailment

Keeping gains is critical in a shifting, downsizing economy

Men from minority backgrounds have made large strides in the professional workforce over the last several decades. The current economic crisis is putting those gains in jeopardy, with high youth unemployment and African American and Hispanic populations encountering increased layoffs of existing minority professionals.

The problem isn’t limited to the North American markets, either. Though an estimated one in six black men is unemployed in America according to MSNBC, the UK markets report that 49 percent of black or black British people are without a job, according to The Guardian. The exodus doesn’t appea....