By Jasmine Bourgeois, AFCLC Outreach Team
/ Published October 15, 2018
During this year’s, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity Summit, AFCLC's Dr. Angelle Khachadoorian encouraged business owners and academics to embrace diversity and follow the military’s lead.
Along with sharing her knowledge within the DoD, Dr. Khachadoorian is a published author who speaks at different events about diversity and innovation. At this year’s, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity Summit, she encouraged business owners and academics to embrace diversity and follow the military’s lead. During her time at AFCLC, Dr. Khachadoorian has led seminars, delivered lectures, and developed cultural curricula that has reached thousands of students and distinguished leaders DoD-wide.
“I love the Air Force’s definition of diversity. It recognizes all the ways that we are different, including, but not limited to: personal background, socioeconomic background, educational background, religion, and race. In your business, in the military, having diversity and having a range of perspectives is very important. This doesn’t mean you are always going to agree with this person. But, to be able to recognize and have a diversity of opinion is meaningful,” Dr. Khachadoorian said.
The crowd at the Diversity Summit laughed as Dr. Khachadoorian used anecdotes to describe terms like “culture”, “diversity”, and “cultural relativism”; explaining that we are all different in all different ways and that’s what makes culture so rich and interesting.
“I lived in California for years and when I moved here, I quickly realized the many cultural differences. People in the South are very nice and very touchy,” she chuckled. “They hug, they pat, and that’s okay. I’ve also realized that it’s okay to say, ‘I grew up doing things one way, but, I like this way too’”.
Her “assignment” for those attending this year’s summit: learn from each other and encourage diversity in the workplace.
“Diversity is an amazing tool,” Dr. Khachadoorian said, “it’s the cultures we’ve been raised in, it’s the values we’ve been taught or adopted and it truly is a path to innovation”.
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