DE&I Conversations ~ Building Out Your Internal DE&I Team

DE&I Conversations ~ Building Out Your Internal DE&I Team

An ongoing series occurring each month where we discuss topics related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This session will focus on building out your internal RECRUITING team with an eye on inclusion. 

Things to remember about hiring inclusively AS hiring managers, not when talking TO hiring managers. 

Listen in on what our panelists have to say.

This event is part of the “Let’s Talk Recruiting” series where a panel of recruiting practitioners get together online and have a conversation on a variety of topics related to corporate recruiting.

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Our Panelists…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Amanda Radice TA Leaders Technical Recruiter SurveyMonkey
Carmelina Lalley Recruiting NYC US Assurance Talent Acquisition Leader PwC
Melisa Medrano Recruiting SFBA Manager, Talent Acquisition NGM Biopharmaceuticals
Tara Noonan Amaral TA Leaders HR /Talent Advisor SemperVirens VC
Yvette Frierson Recruiting Atlanta Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist STANLEY Security

We asked our attendees, “Does your company already have a DE&I team or are you looking to build one?”

Here are their answers:

  • Already have one, but always good to hear what others have.
  • Build one
  • Build one
  • build one
  • build one
  • Build one
  • Build one
  • building
  • Building one
  • Corporate has a strategy, looking for localized approach as well
  • don't know
  • Don’t have one
  • Former employer had a DE&I team in place. Wherever I go, I might be involved in ensuring DE&I is an intentional component.
  • has a small one
  • has one
  • Have
  • In the process of building
  • in the process of building one
  • looking to build
  • Looking to build
  • Looking to build
  • looking to build
  • Looking to build one
  • Looking to build one
  • Looking to build one out
  • Looking to build one.
  • Looking to build something
  • Recently established
  • Starting to build
  • They have one
  • We are looking to build one
  • We do.
  • we have one
  • we have one
  • we have one - IDEA Council (Inclusivity, Diversity, Education, Action)
  • We have one.
  • We have one.
  • We just started one, 2.5 FTEs so far.
  • We started one
  • Would like information for future use.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • yes
  • Yes
  • yes and no
  • Yes and yes! We're very grassroots right now.
  • Yes we already have one
  • yes, most global companies do
  • Yes, we have a DE&I team.

Chat Messages from the Session…

10:02:11 >> Guiti Nabavi : could you share info on any apprentice program

10:06:51 >> Christina Shareef : Tip #1:  Always Be Recruiting

10:07:26 >> Christina Shareef : Tip #2:  Don’t hire until you have a diverse slate

10:08:30 >> Steven Green : Carm – any standards for what PWC considers a diverse slate of candidates for the open role?

10:08:58 >> Steven Green : – ABC – –

10:08:59 >> John Bates : Since we typically don’t have diversity information on candidates during the screening process – how do you guarantee a diverse slate of candidates during the screening/interview process? 

10:11:11 >> Lara Gartner   to   All panelists : Tara – what are some of those other sources

10:11:17 >> Melisa Medrano : entelo

10:11:18 >> Sean Rehder : @John…not a guarantee not real time, but on a quarterly basis we would look at diversity metrics at the top of the hiring funnel for future reqs.

10:11:20 >> Melisa Medrano : is a great resource

10:11:51 >> John Bates : Thanks for that clarification!

10:12:33 >> Tara Amaral : Happy to connect offline about Apprentice programs

10:13:55 >> John Capozzi : On Ramps to Careers-a non-profit that focuses on getting more women and underserved youth in the IT industry. We placed 200 DC students (College and High School) in virtual IT internships in 2020. As an example: Accenture is hosting 60 IT (virtual) interns this summer.

*Can a free IT intern assist your company this summer?  feel free to reach out to me:

John Capozzi

202 641-7366

10:15:03 >> Vincent Taguiped   to   All panelists : based on Yvette’s comment, can someone provide me with that site   NESB? spelling.

10:15:19 >> Melisa Medrano : NSBE

10:15:57 >> Carmelina Lalley : national society of black engineers

10:17:34 >> Jasmyn Franklin : @John: In my experience, free internships do not support minority candidates as they have expenses and many schools have steered candidates away from accepting non-paid working. Does Ramps to Careers pay for their work? How is the intern paid?

10:18:36 >> Jenny Shedd   to   All panelists : Agree, we don’t request EEOC info. at application process.

10:19:02 >> John Bates   to   All panelists : Thanks all!  Very helpful. 

10:19:27 >> Vira Garcia   to   All panelists : Is Entelo cost effective for smaller organizations?

10:19:37 >> Melisa Medrano : yes!

10:19:39 >> Melisa Medrano : we are small

10:20:31 >> Kim Balogh   to   All panelists : A new software we are beginning to engage with is Seekout.  This platform allows you to define your search when trying to build a diverse pipeline.

10:21:12 >> Tara Amaral : I am working with a start up called ESSTEEM which is for underrepresented tech talent.  I have also spoken with Seekout

10:21:20 >> Sean Rehder : Thursday’s round table, Tool Time, is highlighting SeekOut

10:24:43 >> Sean Rehder : Is anyone pulling people from the business units to be part of the DE&I team?

10:25:04 >> Melisa Medrano : Yes, we are trying to have ‘diversity champions’ to interview candidates as well

10:25:43 >> Ken Baker   to   All panelists : Tara brought up a key point earlier on defining Diversity. As an African American/Native American Engineer Scientist leading a Global TA Team is unique profile. That takes Diversity beyond race, gender, etc.

10:25:46 >> Jenny Shedd   to   All panelists : There is no shortage of candidates who can learn and come up to speed. Just our limitations on thinking about aptitude and training.

10:27:58 >> Malia Jorgensen   to   All panelists : I have a question about tip #2. – how does waiting for a diverse slate to hire affect your time to hire? Is this a metric you report on?

10:28:57 >> Amanda Radice : It very well could, but if you start doing the proactive work the time to hire shouldn’t be affective (assuming you’ve built diverse talent pipelines needed for the future projected skills)

10:29:14 >> Amanda Radice : It’s a longer-term investment that may have a short-term impact on a time-to-hire metric

10:29:45 >> Carmelina Lalley : The time to accept is longer but we cap it to 30 days so its not unreasonable

10:29:59 >> Jenny Shedd   to   All panelists : Thank you all!!

10:30:07 >> Kim Balogh   to   All panelists : Thank you everyone

10:34:05 >> Sean Rehder : Was at Genentech for 8 years with their sourcing team.  They go all in on diversity there.

10:35:38 >> Sean Rehder : Do you feel your DE&I team is “connected” to the other teams you might find in HR like recruiting, LOD, and HR Business Partners?

10:36:11 >> Mike Mattson : I have a question about building our DEI team, so it may be better for a later conversation 🙂 One thing we’re seeing is we have a ton of energy and excitement around different initiatives, but are having trouble converting that energy into action. Do you have any recommendations on how you can recruit engaged employees to work on DEI projects?

10:37:51 >> Guiti Nabavi   to   All panelists : I will be putting to get her a strategy and looking for advisor consultants. any recommendations?

10:38:03 >> Guiti Nabavi : I will be putting to get her a strategy and looking for advisor consultants. any recommendations?

10:39:02 >> Guiti Nabavi : Any DIB strategy consultant recommendations? and Apprenticeship program too

10:39:08 >> Sean Rehder : @Mike…maybe ERG (Employee Resource Group) that focuses on their diversity group. Help them organized but let them lead with the hope it will come together in the “big picture” of diversity at your company.  hard to do if you are a small company just because of lower employee population.

10:39:24 >> Christina Shareef : I can help with your DIB strategy.  Let’s connect after the session.

10:39:53 >> Guiti Nabavi : I already sent LI invite Christina 🙂

10:41:22 >> Sean Rehder : Has anyone seen an internal ERG connect with ERG’s at other companies?

10:41:41 >> Melisa Medrano : At Gilead we hosted a couple of co-ERG events with other companies in the bay area

10:41:51 >> Melisa Medrano : i’d love to connect with other small company ERGs

10:41:59 >> Christina Shareef : We do, Sean 🙂

10:41:59 >> Melisa Medrano : or large:)

10:42:33 >> Amanda Radice : That is a great idea. I’ve been a part of some multi-company ERG meet ups and it has been such a great experience. We’re all working towards the same goals of diversity and belonging and any partnership we can have with one another only helps us advance

10:43:06 >> Melisa Medrano : Totally

10:44:28 >> John Bates : How can we make sure we are signed up for the next sessions? 

10:44:36 >> Guiti Nabavi : an umbrella org that can connect ERGs is for example Womwn Who Code who gets invited thru ERGs to their mtgs …

10:45:37 >> Sean Rehder : @John Bates…landing page for DE&I event next month…

10:47:10 >> Jasmyn Franklin   to   All panelists : @sean: we support a portfolio of companies and do not have a DEI team so the diversity initiatives need to be a shared vision. If you wanna talk about how we bring some onboard that vision, I am happy to connect!

10:47:29 >> Jasmyn Franklin : @sean: we support a portfolio of companies and do not have a DEI team so the diversity initiatives need to be a shared vision. If you wanna talk about how we bring some onboard that vision, I am happy to connect!

10:49:18 >> Lara Gartner   to   All panelists : These networking / learning groups are fantastic for learning about and meeting people to build a recruiting pipeline

Some of the attendees…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Amanda Mich Senior Recruiter Heidrick & Struggles
Liza Bryant Recruiting Atlanta Director, HR M2GEN
Sara Fatima Recruiting Atlanta Talent Acquisition Leader Verifone
Saundra Ramsey Recruiting Atlanta Talent Acquisition Business Partner hiring all levels of Technology Wahoo Fitness
Patricia Mafioletti Recruiting Boston Recruiting Manager Exponent
Laurie Meninno Recruiting Boston Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist (Planet Pharma Contractor) Lundbeck
Evelin Calista Recruiting Boston HR Manager Embark Veterinary Inc.
Barbara Leven Recruiting Boston Talent Acquisition Consultant/Instructor BioLabs/University of Massachusetts
Kesha Ivory-Darnell Recruiting Chicago Sr. Recruiter/Team Lead Livingston International
Lara Gartner Recruiting Chicago Director, Talent Acquisition Ventas
Kelley Clark Recruiting Chicago Executive Director, Firmwide Diversity Campus Sourcing Lead JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Jason Coffey Recruiting Chicago Professional Recruiter Core & Main
Jasmyn Franklin Recruiting Chicago Global College Recruiting Lead Molex
Ken Dembek Recruiting Chicago Tax Business Recruiting Manager - Central Market PwC
Kimberly Dymond Balogh Recruiting Dallas Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist Core Mark International
Juaquinya Dent Recruiting Denver Recruiter Denver Public Library
Renee Myers Recruiting Houston Southwest Region Talent Acquisition Business Partner Avanade
Vira Garcia Recruiting Houston Director of Recruiting vcfo
Shilpa Farmer Recruiting Houston Sr Technical Sourcing Recruiter Electronic Arts
Karyn Lee Recruiting LA Recruiting Supervisor Wedbush Securities
Cindy Wong Recruiting LA Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist Princess Cruises
Ishia Williams Recruiting LA Human Resources Recruiter Child Care Resource Center
Gloria Ledebuhr Recruiting Minneapolis Recruiter Tennant Company
Denise Ward Recruiting Minneapolis Technical Recruiter Wunderlich-Malec Engineering
Kristine Nemeth Recruiting NYC Talent Engagement Manager Diageo
Kristin Megneys Recruiting NYC Sr. Strategic Sourcer Titan Technologies
Diane Redinger Recruiting Portland Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Altium
Mike Mattson Recruiting Portland Corporate Recruiter Papa Murphy's International
Heidi West Recruiting Portland Staffing Advisor Sunquest Information Systems
Farron McDonald Recruiting Seattle Senior Talent Acquisition, Leadership Tesla
Tomas Sedillo Recruiting Seattle Talent Acquisition Funko
Abby Dooley Recruiting Seattle Recruiter (Technical) Edifecs
Twyla Hatchett Recruiting Seattle Lead Talent Acquisition Partner Darigold
Natalya McCool Recruiting SFBA Recruiter Berkeley Lab
Belina Pignataro Recruiting SFBA Recruiter Tecan
Joe Lorono Recruiting SFBA Manager, Staffing Programs San Francisco Health Plan
Mayra Lucero Recruiting SFBA Director, Talent Acquisition WideOrbit
Steven Green TA Leaders Vice President | Global Project Lead – Associate Recruiting |Global Human Resources Looking for Work
Malia Jorgensen TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Nortal US
John Capozzi TA Leaders Director of Recruiting and Retention On-Ramps To Careers
Daniella McDonald TA Leaders Talent Acquisition Leader Looking for Work
JoDee Klinker TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Carson Group
Aimee Schwartz TA Leaders VP I Senior Recruiting Manager I Sourcing BOK Financial
Wendy Sun TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Omnicell
Jennifer Shedd TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Evolve Vacation Rental
Bryan Hickey TA Leaders Executive Director of Talent Acquisition Cedars-Sinai
Guiti Nabavi TA Leaders Director, Diversity & University Recruiting Hinge Health

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