Growth and innovation in STEM has become a guiding force in the economy, but minorities continue to be underrepresented in these fields, according to a

Milwaukee business panel.Leaders from Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Jet Constellations and IC Stars spoke at a virtual event put on

by Fuel Milwaukee to discuss the importance of diversity in science and technology.The failure of corporate leaders to properly integrate diversity into their hiring

strategies is the root cause of low numbers of women, African Americans and Hispanics in the industry, they said.