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 Clickatell
Silke Olsen TA Leaders Recruiting Associate Director Moss Adams
Simone Press Recruiting LA Senior Director, Talent Acquisition CyberGRX

Some of the attendees…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Sam Dumash Senior Recruiter FTI Consulting
Laurie Meninno Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist Lundbeck
Rawson Leavitt Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition TigerConnect
Amanda Rochlen Team Recruiter Heartland Dental
Laura Pawlak Talent Acquisition Specialist Medtronic
Christine Williams Human Resources Generalist Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston
Steven Rosenblum Principal Level 5 Partners
Katrina Lopez Talent 24 Hour Home Care
Kelly Esquivel Sr. Recruiter Avtex Solutions, LLC
Heidi West Staffing Advisor Sunquest Information Systems
Nicholas Steinberg Talent Acquisition Manager Bluebeam
Bianca Medici Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Havas Edge
Charles Carbajo Talent Acquisition Open to Opportunity
Alexa Montane Talent Sourcer, Finance & Accounting Realogy Holdings Corp.
Denise Jennings Corporate Recruiter VTech
Delaina Piowaty Senior Manager of Talent Aquisition RWS Group
Jenny Bastrom Senior Recruiter / Sourcing Specialist Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Cindy Wong Sr. Contract Recruiter Princess Cruises
Claudia Castaneda Sr Talent Advisor U.S. Cellular
Lisa Wrezel Talent Acquistion Manager-Sourcing Centric Consulting
Robert Reed Senior Technical Recruiter Allianz
Antonia Ndi Sr. Recruiter Academic Partnerships
Khadija Washington Team Leader - Talent Acquisition Southwest Airlines
Chris Bowen Talent Acquisition Partner Open to Opportunity
Amanda Radice Senior Technical Recruiter, Design - Consumer + New Verticals DoorDash
Krystan Silva Senior Technical Recruiter Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Lauren Melson Campus Manager, Doctor Recruiting Heartland Dental
Beth Kester-Warner Global Manager, Recruiting & Sourcing ExtraHop
Koli Donohue Senior Technical Recruiter Stillwater Architecture, LLC
Dave Elliston Lead Recruiter SPS Commerce
Crystal Crawford Manager - Talent Acquisition HighRadius
Nancy Genitempo Associate, Talent Acquisition Operations Open to Opportunity
Brenda Furst Recruiter Starkey Hearing Technologies
Susie Back Senior Talent Acquisition Partner Workday
Rasheeda Grant Recruiter Amazon
Russell Coats Talent Manager Fieldwood Energy LLC
Patrick Dillon Manager, Corporate Recruiting and Talent (We're Hiring) Strive Consulting
Eli K. Senior Talent Acquisition Partner Unknown
Symone Williams Senior Associate - Engagement, Communications and Recruiting New York Life Insurance Company
Susan Jayne Manager, Talent Acquisition - Tax Experienced Hires Deloitte
Jeslyn Xie Talent Acquisition Specialist CI Investments
David Yi Technical Recruiter FanDuel
JENNIFER ONEIL Talent Acquisition Manager Forward Financing (previous)
Kathy Simmons Talent Acquisition Lead Accenture
Sherree Butterfield Corporate Recruiting Manager Liveops
Irene Mirs Head of Talent Acquisition LaserAway
Sam O. Sr. Recruiter/Advisor (Experienced Hires) Cheniere Energy
Shawn Watzka Physician Recruiter NorthShore University HealthSystem
Mike Thomas Recruiting Manager Eagle Hill Consulting
Sinda Allen Lead Talent Partner Moogsoft
Sarah Schaefer Staffing Manager Fresenius Kabi USA
Diane Redinger Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Altium
Maria Sather Senior Recruiting Partner - Human Resources NorthMarq Capital
Andy Pittaluga Recruiting Boston Technical Recruiter Bose
Brittany McGuire Recruiting Chicago Recruiter RXBAR
Katie Stevens Recruiting Chicago Director, Global Talent Acquisition GE Healthcare
Joe Sorrow Recruiting Denver Head of US Talent FullContact
Naveed Agha Recruiting Houston Executive, Talent Acquisition - North America Baker Hughes
Michelle McKnight Recruiting LA Recruitment Lead, Corporate Functions, Marketing & Sales Herbalife
Gloria Ledebuhr Recruiting Minneapolis Recruiter Tennant co
Lauren Melton Recruiting Nashville Corporate Recruiter Gresham Smith
Syndhia Javier Recruiting NYC Senior Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager Lyft
Jen Norman Recruiting Phoenix Executive Leadership Recruiter Taleo
Carin Crowder Recruiting Portland Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant Legacy Health
Tangi Tash Recruiting Seattle Technical Recruiter Disney Online Studios
Marita Arevalo Recruiting Seattle Senior Healthcare Recruiter-Diversity Channels Aegis Living
Sydney Clark Recruiting SFBA University and Diversity Sourcer Udemy
Griselda Dominguez Recruiting SFBA Sr. Technical Recruiter Apple
Melisa Medrano Recruiting SFBA Manager, Talent Acquisition Sonoma Biotherapeutics
Brandon Diehm TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition, Americas Heidrick & Struggles International
Sharada Gilbertson TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition March of Dimes
Cody Schrotel TA Leaders Director, Global Talent Acquisition Collibra
Michael Bulger TA Leaders Director of Training and RecruitingDirector TEAM Wireless
Pam Rush TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Assurant
Scott Evans TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Collective Insights
Andie Sanchez TA Leaders Head of Talent Acquisition NoRedInk
Jay Morrison TA Leaders Executive Director, Talent Acquisition NCR Corporation
Arhonda Reyes TA Leaders Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion SEKISUI Aerospace Corporation
Lou Ann Lunda TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Madison Area Technical College
Renée Ingram TA Leaders Director Of Recruiting Apple Growth Partners
Jeanne Amey TA Leaders Talent Acquisition Manager Sevita
Bridget Pratt TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Sarepta Therapeutics
Crystal Brown TA Leaders Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, Americas Head of Talent Acquisition BSI
Michael Martinolich TA Leaders Head of Global Recruiting NERA Economic Consulting
Seth Hilgert TA Leaders Director Talent Acquisition American AgCredit
Frank Han TA Leaders Vice President, Head of Talent Acquisition OpenGov Inc.
Diane Mariuzza TA Leaders Principal Recruiter Paramount
Jeff Williamson TA Leaders Senior Manager, Care Recruiting GoDaddy
John Watson TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition and Development Archrock
John Capozzi TA Leaders Director of Recruiting and Retention On-Ramps To Careers
Jay Fought TA Leaders Senior Director, Recruiting CME Group
Bix Cruz TA Leaders US Head of Recruiting, Airbus Urban Mobility (Vahana, UTM, Voom and Systems) Merlin Labs
Tina Ramirez TA Leaders Manager, Recruiting- GTM Palo Alto Networks
Paolo Encarnacion TA Leaders Head of Recruiting Lyra Health
Kevin Francis TA Leaders Director Talent Acquisition Lark Health
Corrinne Wilsey TA Leaders Vice President Of Recruiting Praecipio Consulting
Shaun McPartland TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Beacon Communities LLC
Le Nguyen TA Leaders Talent Acquisition Travelers
Ryan Reeder TA Leaders Director Talent Acquisition Avalon Health Care Group
James Perduto TA Leaders Head of Americas Talent Acquisition BNP Paribas
Elizabeth Lollock TA Leaders Regional Vice President, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner Gallagher
Audra Colquitte-Matthews TA Leaders Senior Director, Global Talent AcquisitionSenior Standard BioTools
Marty Pearson TA Leaders Director, Human Resources Northwestern Medicine
Ellen Schafer TA Leaders Manager, Talent Acquisition, US & Canada Professional and University HTLF
Stu Weiser TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition 1010data
Vira Trevino-Garcia TA Leaders Recruiting Consultant Hexcel Corporation
Bonnie DeVito TA Leaders Director, Global Talent Management RTB House
Shelley Radford TA Leaders Vice President of Talent Acquisition The Wonderful Company
Marti Pranger TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Harvard Maintenance
Lianne Daues TA Leaders Senior Director, Talent Aquisition Delivery McKesson
Tina Ramirez TA Leaders Manager, Recruiting- GTM Palo Alto Networks
Tim Mayer TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Kimberly Ackerman-Vaughn TA Leaders Director of GP Recruitment Thrive Pet Healthcare
Rachael Flores TA Leaders Director, Global University Relations & Diversity Recruitment PVH Corp.

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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