Seeing the Future Through Prisms & Teams

Seeing the Future Through Prisms & Teams


According to U.S. Census Bureau 2015 projections, the U.S. will be majority people of color by 2044.



The Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit nonpartisan think tank, suggests that by 2032, people of color will be the majority in the U.S. working class (based on 2012 Census population projections). In 2014, children of color became the majority of students in U.S. public schools K-12, tracking projections by the National Center for Education Statistics.

A study by the Pew Research Center shows Millennials currently comprise the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, and the Brookings Institution projects Millennials will make up about 75% of the U.S. workforce by 2025. Brookings also describes the diversity among Millennials as "ushering in the nation's broader racial diversity." A 2010 Pew Research study on Millennials indicates that 11% of Millennials are U.S.-born children of at least one immigrant parent.

Notably, a joint report by Deloitte University and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative describes Millennials as the "teaming generation," highlighting their preference for working in teams. The report also describes how Millennials embrace diversity and inclusion as part of team collaboration and view cognitive diversity as a tool for driving innovation and business impact.

For more news and data on Millennials, see Pew Research Center reports and data on the Millennial generation.




Colby, Sandra L., & Jennifer M. Ortman, Projections of the Size and Composition of the U.S. Population: 2014-2060, United States Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, P25-1143, March 2015.

Dews, Fred, Brookings Now: 11 Facts About the Millennial Generation, Brookings Institution, June 2, 2014 (digital article).

Frey, William H., The Avenue: Diversity Defines the Millennial Generation, Brookings Institution, June 28, 2016 (digital article).

Fry, Richard, Millennials Surpass Gen Xers as The Largest Generation in U.S. Labor Force, Pew Research Center Fact Tank, May 11, 2015 (digital article).

Hussar, William J., & Tabitha M. Bailey, Projections of Education Statistics to 2024, Forty-third Edition, Institute for Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, Sept. 2016, NCES 2016-013.

Pew Research Center, Millennials (online reports and data on the Millennial generation).

Pew Research Center, Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next: Confident. Connected. Open to Change., Paul Taylor & Scott Keeter (editors), Feb. 2010.

Smith, Christie, & Stephanie Turner, The Radical Transformation of Diversity and Inclusion: The Millennial Influence, Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion and Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, 2015.

Wilson, Valerie, People of Color Will be a Majority of the American Working Class in 2032, Economic Policy Institute, June 9, 2016.