Ralph Ibarra - Diverse America Network
- Published in Associates
Fostering Inclusion and Diversity - To say that our Nation is a “melting pot” does not acknowledge that the fabric of American society is composed of a myriad of diverse groups that cherish their distinctive qualities that come from race, ethnicity, gender, age, life experiences, family values, spiritual and cultural beliefs, regional norms and other socioeconomic factors. As such, valuing inclusion and diversity as business imperatives by corporations and institutions must occur, even if the starting point is merely acting in one’s “enlightened self-interest”. Ralph Ibarra helps corporations and institutions to be inclusive and diverse in their workforce development, supply chain management, and marketing practices with diverse populations.
Ralph values genuine champions of inclusion and diversity; hence, his 30-year relationship with Mike Flynn & Associates. In 2015 as an official commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, Ralph and Mike teamed up to fulfill the arrangements required to record the personal stories of Vietnam Veterans from Washington state by Joe Galloway, co-author of “We Were Soldiers Once…And Young”.
The competencies, aptitudes and demeanor Ralph exhibits can be summed up as resulting from being a dedicated “life-long learner”, and proficient at identifying “relevant dots” for connecting in meaningful ways. Coupled with always treating people with dignity and respect and being driven to be of service to others, these attributes are fundamental to Ralph’s capacity to exceed expectations.
In working alongside Mike Flynn & Associates for over 30 years - collaborations have included the principal industries of aerospace/advanced manufacturing, health care, law enforcement and security, information technologies, global trade, and market-focused commercialization of intellectual property, along with local, state and national government public sector entities.