Diversity Straight Up: Phil Jasper

December 31, 2019

In the latest episode of the Corridor Business Journal podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Phil Jasper, president of Mission Systems at Collins Aerospace and Iowa Business Council member, about the role of diversity in innovation, reverse mentoring and the importance of cultural competency in leadership. Jasper reflects on his own leadership experience and draws parallels to the importance of diversity and inclusion, “diversity is a fact, inclusion is a choice… it’s a business imperative for us to be inclusive in our environment and to really create a workforce and teams that appreciate one another, what everyone else can bring to the table so that at the end of the day we are better for it”

The Iowa Business Council has convened a group of private and public stakeholders to analyze and research the best ways to increase and diversify the state's population while also create welcoming communities to live, work, play and raise a family. As we look ahead to 2020, we will be highlighting the diverse aspects of our state and charting specific objectives to meet this goal. 

Jasper continues, “We want to make sure that everyone can feel authentic in the workplace. You got to establish an environment where people think they can have a dialog, that they can raise their voice without being criticized, without being judged … and so I work really hard to create that environment … I want everyone to feel that they are respected, they are valued and they are heard in that discussion... I want everybody to come to the table with their ideas because I don’t want everyone to think and act like I do because then we would not innovate, we would not be able to grow and continue to be a successful business if everybody thought and acted the same way as me,” says Jasper, “It’s our job as leaders in the business world to help create an environment where people do that.”

Listen to the full podcast here.


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