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'Hidden Figures' Showcases the Value of Workplace Diversity

'Hidden Figures' Showcases the Value of Workplace Diversity
From Recruiter - February 15, 2017

Diversity makes teams better. Remarkable progress can happen when inclusion is at your organizational core.

(Before we go any furtherspoilers ahead!)

Theodore Melfis Hidden Figures is the film adaptation of the incredible true story of the women who crushed stereotypes to become recognized as some of the greatest intellectual minds at NASA. When our Waggl team saw this film, it resonated with us immediately because we share core values like inclusion and the importance of culture and progressive leadership.

The story illustrates the value inherent in diversity and the remarkable progress that can be made when inclusion is at your organizational core.

The year was 1961. Katherine Johnson was part of a group of female African-American mathematicians working at NASA during the Space Race. These women were segregated from the rest of the NASA staff, working in a different wing of the Langley campus. This was an unfortunate societal norm at the timeand itwas detrimental to NASAs innovative and ambitious objectives.

Sometimes, it takes a perfect storm of circumstances to reveal rare talent within aworkplace. Decades before the films events, President Roosevelt had declared there must be a push toward innovation in federal agencies. The nations young men were being sent to war instead of sent to work, and women found themselves with an opportunity to be compensatedalbeit at a lesser scale.



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