First Steps in Starting a Diversity Program

First Steps in Starting a Diversity Program

Many companies are just now starting to implement diversity recruitment programs. What are the first few steps a company should take when starting?

Listen in on what our panelists have to say.

Our Panelists…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Christina Shareef TA Leaders Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Reddit, Inc.
Daniel Goyeneche TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Eze Castle Integration
Silke Olsen TA Leaders Recruiting Associate Director Moss Adams
Simone Press Recruiting LA Whip Media Group Whip Media Group

Some of the attendees…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Lauren Melson Recruiting Atlanta Campus Manager, Doctor Recruiting Heartland Dental
Pam Rush Recruiting Atlanta Talent Acquisition Consultant Assurant
Christine Williams Recruiting Boston Recruiter Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston
Laurie Meninno Recruiting Boston Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist (Planet Pharma Contractor) Lundbeck
JENNIFER ONEIL Recruiting Boston Talent Acquisition Manager Forward Financing (previous)
Shaun McPartland Recruiting Boston Corporate Director of Talent Acquisition Pyramid Hotel Group
Andy Pittaluga Recruiting Boston Technical Recruiter Bose Corporation
Brittany McGuire Recruiting Chicago Recruiter RXBAR
Elizabeth Lollock Recruiting Chicago Regional Vice President, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner Gallagher
Kelly Esquivel Recruiting Chicago Sr. Recruiter Avtex Solutions, LLC
Steven Rosenblum Recruiting Chicago Talent Acquisition and HR Operations Leader Level 5 Partners
Sam Dumash Recruiting Chicago Senior Recruiter FTI Consulting
Claudia Castaneda Recruiting Chicago Sr Talent Advisor U.S. Cellular
Sarah Schaefer Recruiting Chicago Senior Recruiter Fresenius Kabi USA
Shawn Watzka Recruiting Chicago Senior Recruiter Inpatient Psych Solutions
Lisa Wrezel Recruiting Chicago Talent Acquisition Lead Centric Consulting
Jay Fought Recruiting Chicago Senior Director, Recruiting CME Group
Katie Stevens Recruiting Chicago Talent Acquisition Leader GE Healthcare
Koli Donohue Recruiting Chicago Manager Stillwater Architecture, LLC
Patrick Dillon Recruiting Chicago Manager, Corporate Recruiting and Talent (We're Hiring) Strive Consulting, LLC
Eli K. Recruiting Chicago Senior Talent Acquisition Partner Unknown
Susan Jayne Recruiting Chicago Experienced HireTax Recruiter -Contract for Deloitte Deloitte
Antonia Ndi Recruiting Dallas Talent Acquisition Partner Academic Partnerships
Mike Thomas Recruiting DCBmore Sr Recruiter Eagle Hill Consulting
Krystan Silva Recruiting DCBmore Talent Acquisition Manager Looking for Work
Laura Pawlak Recruiting Denver Talent Acquisition Specialist Medtronic
Brenda Furst Recruiting Denver Recruiter Starkey Hearing Technologies
Delaina Silva Recruiting Denver Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant SDL plc
Joe Sorrow Recruiting Denver Talent Acquisition Partner FullContact
Khadija Washington Recruiting Houston Senior Recruiter Southwest Airlines
Vira Garcia Recruiting Houston Director of Recruiting vcfo
Chris Bowen Recruiting Houston Senior Recruiter Looking for Work
Crystal Crawford Recruiting Houston Talent Acquisition Partner HighRadius
Nancy Genitempo Recruiting Houston Associate, Talent Acquisition Operations Looking for Work
Russell Coats Recruiting Houston Talent Acquisition Lead Fieldwood Energy LLC
Naveed Agha Recruiting Houston Sr. Talent Acquisition Manager, North America BAKER HUGHES
Sam O. Recruiting Houston Sr. Recruiter/Advisor (Experienced Hires) Cheniere Energy
Katrina Lopez Recruiting LA Talent Acquisition Manager 24 Hour Home Care
Rawson Leavitt Recruiting LA Lead Technical Recruiter TigerConnect
Nicholas Steinberg Recruiting LA Talent Acquisition Specialist Bluebeam
Irene Mirs Recruiting LA Talent Acquisition Manager LaserAway
Michelle McKnight Recruiting LA Senior Recruiter Herbalife
Cindy Wong Recruiting LA Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist Princess Cruises
Charles Carbajo Recruiting LA Talent Acquisition Looking for Work
Bianca Medici Recruiting LA Talent Acquisition Manager Havas Edge
Seth Hilgert Recruiting Minneapolis Director Talent Acquisition American AgCredit
Dave Elliston Recruiting Minneapolis Senior Technology Recruiter SPS Commerce
Gloria Ledebuhr Recruiting Minneapolis Recruiter Tennant Company
Robert Reed Recruiting Minneapolis Lead Recruiter Allianz
Maria Sather Recruiting Minneapolis Senior Recruiting Partner - Human Resources NorthMarq Capital
Lauren Melton Recruiting Nashville Corporate Recruiter Gresham Smith
Amanda Rochlen Recruiting NYC Campus Recruiter Heartland Dental
Alexa Montane Recruiting NYC Talent Acquisition Partner Realogy Holdings Corp.
Simone Epstein Recruiting NYC HR Manager PX
Symone Williams Recruiting NYC Senior Associate - Engagement, Communications and Recruiting New York Life Insurance Company
Syndhia Javier Recruiting NYC University Recruiter (HBCU) Lyft
Jeslyn Xie Recruiting NYC Talent Acquisition Specialist CI Investments
David Yi Recruiting NYC Technical Recruiter FanDuel
Rachael Flores Recruiting NYC Director, Global University Relations & Diversity Recruitment PVH Corp.
Le Nguyen Recruiting Phoenix Talent Acquisition Travelers
Corrinne Wilsey Recruiting Phoenix Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Insight
Sherree Butterfield Recruiting Phoenix Corporate Recruiter Liveops
Jen Norman Recruiting Phoenix Executive Leadership Recruiter Oracle
Diane Redinger Recruiting Portland Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Altium
Heidi West Recruiting Portland Staffing Advisor Sunquest Information Systems
Denise Jennings Recruiting Portland Corporate Recruiter VTech
Carin Crowder Recruiting Portland Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant Legacy Health
Marita Arevalo Recruiting Seattle Recruiter Aegis Living
Tangi Tash Recruiting Seattle Technical Recruiter The Walt Disney Company
Jenny Bastrom Recruiting Seattle Senior Recruiter / Sourcing Specialist Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Beth Kester-Warner Recruiting Seattle Global Manager, Recruiting & Sourcing ExtraHop
Rasheeda Grant Recruiting Seattle Recruiter Amazon
Arhonda Reyes Recruiting Seattle Senior Staffing and Recruiting Manager SEKISUI Aerospace
Kathy Simmons Recruiting Seattle Technical Recruiter Accenture
Sinda Allen Recruiting SFBA Senior Manager Global Talent Acquisition Moogsoft
Susie Back Recruiting SFBA Senior Talent Acquisition Partner Workday
Sydney Clark Recruiting SFBA University and Diversity Sourcer Udemy
Melisa Medrano Recruiting SFBA Manager, Talent Acquisition NGM Biopharmaceuticals
Griselda Dominguez Recruiting SFBA Sr. Technical Recruiter Apple
Bridget Pratt TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Healthlink Advisors
Crystal Brown TA Leaders Senior RTA Partner, Americas Head of Resourcing & Talent Acquisition BSI
Michael Martinolich TA Leaders Head of Global Recruiting NERA Economic Consulting
Frank Han TA Leaders Vice President, Head of Talent Acquisition OpenGov Inc.
Diane Mariuzza TA Leaders VP, Senior Recruiter SitusAMC
Amanda Radice TA Leaders Technical Recruiter SurveyMonkey
Jeff Williamson TA Leaders Assistant Director, Talent Acquisition DriveTime
John Watson TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition and Development Archrock
John Capozzi TA Leaders Director of Recruiting and Retention On-Ramps To Careers
Bix Cruz TA Leaders US Head of Recruiting, Airbus Urban Mobility (Vahana, UTM, Voom and Systems) Airbus
Tina Ramirez TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition ForeScout Technologies
Paolo Encarnacion TA Leaders Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner Narvar
Kevin Francis TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Lark Technologies
Ryan Reeder TA Leaders Director Talent Acquisition Sorenson Communications
James Perduto TA Leaders Head of Talent Acquisition & Mobility Programs Looking for Work
Audra Colquitte-Matthews TA Leaders Director, Global Talent Acquisition Fluidigm
Jeanne Amey TA Leaders Vice President Talent Acquisition PennyMac Loan Services, LLC
Shana Sternstein TA Leaders Head of Global Recruiting SAI Global
Renée Ingram TA Leaders Director Of Recruiting Apple Growth Partners
Lou Ann Lunda TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Madison Area Technical College
Jay Morrison TA Leaders Executive Director, Talent Acquisition NCR Corporation
Andie Sanchez TA Leaders Head of Talent Acquisition Off the Grid
Michael Bulger TA Leaders Director of Recruiting Cellular & More
Cody Schrotel TA Leaders Director, Global Talent Acquisition Collibra
Sharada Gilbertson TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Westwood Professional Services
Brandon Diehm TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition?Tax & Audit Heidrick & Struggles
Marty Pearson TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Scott Evans TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Collective Insights
Stu Weiser TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition 1010data
Bonnie DeVito TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Dorel Sports
Shelley Radford TA Leaders Vice President of Talent Acquisition The Wonderful Company
Marti Pranger TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Empower Partnerships
Lianne Daues TA Leaders Senior Director, Talent Acquisition Core-Mark International
Tina Ramirez TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition ForeScout Technologies
Tim Mayer TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Kimberly Ackerman-Vaughn TA Leaders National Director, Talent Acquisition Encompass Health
Ellen Schafer TA Leaders Vice President, Director, Talent Acquisition Heartland Financial USA, Inc.

We asked our attendees, “What do you think is a great way to bring a recruiter “up” in their ablities as a recruiter?”

Here are their answers:

  • accepting ideas all around
  • accepting ignorance and hiring a professional with knowledge.
  • Access where you currently are.
  • ask employees for ideas
  • Assess current state
  • Assess where your org stands with D&I.
  • Assess Your staff
  • Assessing current state using data and analytics.
  • Assessing your current population gaps and opportunities.
  • Assessing your current program.
  • Assessing your current state in order to get Leadership buy-in
  • assessment of current employee population
  • Assessment of your workforce and benefit analysis
  • Become aware of diversity associations in your area
  • Being part of company ERG group
  • Build a campaign-platform
  • Buy in from leadership
  • Buy in from the CEO and Executive Team
  • Buy in from the Top-
  • Campus
  • Commitment from Trusted Leadership that this is a good idea!!
  • Company buy in and support
  • Connect with the business on their goals
  • Connecting with organizations that have diverse populations
  • Creating a recruiting promise statement
  • current employee demographic metrics
  • Determine why you need such a program at your employer
  • developing a budget and setting expectations
  • Developing a team
  • Direct Sourcing + community outreach
  • Do a quick overall analysis on company diversity then create strategy to develop program.
  • education and awareness
  • education on unconscious bias
  • Employee groups
  • Engaging internal populations aligned to diversity networking groups
  • Engaging Leadership
  • establishing goals/objectives
  • evaluate the company's core values
  • Evaluate where the organization is in their diversity awareness and adoption
  • Evaluating existing talent/challenges and outlining measurable statistics that show current state
  • Exec Leadership buy-in and support
  • Expanding the net with the focus of attracting under represented talent
  • Familiarize yourself with diverse networking groups.
  • Find out what your current state of diversity is.
  • Finding the right person to start it
  • Gaining leadership buy in
  • Gather current diversity data and identify where the problem is
  • Gather data
  • get a baseline of your current state re: diversity
  • Get an executive sponsor
  • Get buy in from senior leadership
  • Get executive buy-in and hiring experienced D&I professionals
  • Get executive sponsorship
  • Get senior leaders buy-in
  • Getting a real pulse on leadership buy in.
  • Getting buy in from the top
  • Getting buy-in from executives
  • Hire a diversity program specialist/consultant
  • Hire someone to build/run the program. It's less effective if you don't have in internal champion focused on diversity efforts.
  • Hiring Manager Buy-In
  • How to build a diversity program
  • I'm interested to learn
  • Identify areas of gaps in diversity
  • Identify budget
  • identify what your needs are - how do you define diversity?
  • Initiate discussion with company's leadership team
  • jump in and listen
  • Know current internal diversity metrics
  • Knowing about more diversity boards
  • Leadership buy-in
  • Leadership sponsorship
  • level set with information from others with related experience
  • Leverage ERGs
  • Leverage internal ideas/brainstorm ideas from employees. Be inclusive and gather various ideas.
  • Look at company’s demographics & send survey to EEs to see what they would like to see in diversity program
  • Looking at where you are now with diversity with in the company and what areas needs of D&I need improvement
  • Loop in C-Suite and merge DEI goals in with your OKRs
  • Measure your internal audience
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  • Networking
  • Not sure
  • Not sure! 🙂
  • Perform audit of current state, then map out plan for imporvement
  • Pilot Program to learn
  • Pulse survey
  • Reach out to CareerOneStop
  • Recognize the culture you have now and determine what the company would like it to be in the future.
  • Research
  • Research - know your current population to determine first steps
  • Researching industry leaders in the space
  • Review current employees demographic
  • Review our goals and what we want to achieve
  • Senior Leadership level of commitment to invest in building a diversity program
  • Start at the grassroots and when hiring, ask yourself "will this hire make this group/department more diverse?"
  • Start having uncomfortable conversations in smaller groups as well as in larger groups
  • Talking about it
  • Training
  • Training recruiters on diversity
  • Understand the reason(s) why a diversity imbalance exists
  • Understand what numbers are today.
  • Understanding the goals of the organization.
  • understanding what your workforce looks like and
  • Understanding your Companies needs and Research
  • Unsure! That's why I'm here. 🙂
  • we don't have one yet so want to learn
  • What are your objectives
  • You have to be "all-in" so the organization has to make a commitment and stick with it. Can't just talk have to walk the walk

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