Many of us in the modern workplace consider ourselves vested in “diversity” in the workplace. For years, we have patted ourselves on the back for “tolerating” different cultures and accepting the changing face of the workforce. More often than not, in the process, the emphasis has been on the assimilation of other cultures into our own. Of course, this attitude has been limiting, both for employers and their employees. At the extreme, this mindset has given rise to a high rate of lawsuits filed by disgruntled employees who believe they are being discriminated against or harassed at work. At a minimum, mere "tolerance" stifles creativity and legitimate contribution. The focus is changing, however. We are learning that it is only when business calls upon the strengths of diversity that it can truly prosper in the modern workplace. Employers are realizing that to really thrive, they must celebrate and cultivate the strengths of other cultures instead of expecting assimilation. As we will discuss, Cultural Competence refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. Developing cultural competence results in an ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across different cultures. This means less likelihood of unwanted lawsuits from disgruntled staff members and higher morale—both important goals for business. As a model of “cultural competence,” The Star Trek franchise broke ground as one of the most progressive shows in television and film history. Due to the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry’s then-radical cultural views, while the show boasted of space adventure, its real appeal was in its utopian optimism- something we still strive for today. Lessons from the show routinely demonstrate that folks of different, and even historically adversarial, cultures can not only “get along”, but can borrow from each other’s strengths- ultimately fortifying the team and minimizing liability.