The economic climate is challenging, but Pittsburgh companies and employment leaders are teaming up to continue the push for broadening the diversity of the region's workforce.
Stories in this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette special business report, Diversity Matters, offer a snapshot of the work in progress and insights from some of the people in the forefront of the effort:
Difficult-to-pronounce names or those whose spelling isn't intuitive can be a barrier in business, both for the speaker and the namesake.
PA Women Work's New Choices program is its signature, a 10-session course focusing on computer skills, career training and building self-esteem.
Nearly all of the workers have impairments that would preclude them from many other workplaces, but at PBA, they have a role.