Diversity at CIA
I believe diversity is critical to the success of our mission at the CIA. We need a workforce with a broad range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, language expertise, and educational and life experiences to ensure diversity of thought and to operate effectively worldwide. And we are fortunate that our Nation offers such a tremendous variety of talented women and men—the first requirement of a truly global intelligence service.
But hiring a diverse workforce is not enough—we will not reap the benefits of that diversity unless we also foster a culture of inclusion. Engaged employees are not only more productive, they also bring the full range of views, ideas, and talents of our dedicated workforce to our vital mission.
To be sure, diversity is not only about mission. It is also about our bedrock belief as Americans in equality of opportunity. I am committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce across all Directorates and in leadership positions. I have asked the CIA’s Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council and the Center for Mission Diversity and Inclusion to complete the Agency's first strategic plan since 2007 for this mission-critical area.
Our people are what make this Agency great. I call on every one of you to help foster a culture of inclusion, one in which we all benefit from the skills, experiences, and viewpoints of an ever more diverse workforce. That is how we will become an employer of choice across all communities—and how we will continue to succeed as an Agency.
John O. Brennan