Unlocking the Competitive Advantages of Diversity

Unlocking the Competitive Advantages of Diversity

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 8:00am

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In addition to leading customer capability development and sports marketing, vice president Troy Datcher is also busy encouraging diversity awareness at Clorox and his alma mater. A former co-chair and now member of Clorox’s ABLE (African-Americans Building Leadership Excellence) employee resource group, Troy recently joined the board of trustees for Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and serves on the development and alumni parents committees. His goal is to help the college with its recruitment, retention and reconnection with students and alumni from diverse backgrounds.

Why did you decide to join the board of trustees at Gettysburg College?

I was among the earliest beneficiaries of the college’s desire to make its campus a more diverse environment. I grew up in a small town in Alabama, and when I visited Gettysburg as a high-school senior I had lunch with a dean who gave me a personal challenge. He said, “You can go anywhere else, or you can come here and make a difference.” Well, you say something like that to an 18-year-old and it’s motivating. The dean hit on something that sounded really important — I could play a central role in diversity awareness. So as a freshman in 1986, I was one of only nine African-American students out of 2,000 students on campus. And it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

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