E14S10 The Future of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) in Tech and Recruiting

Summary & Key Takeways

What is DEI and what is the future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Tech and Recruitment?

If you are curious about social impact careers, equity, and talent recruitment don't miss this episode with Arthur Woods, a serial social entrepreneur and LGBTQ+ and neurodiversity advocate, working at the intersection of equity, inclusion and technology. Arthur has co-founded multiple high growth startups including Plenty Search, the venture-backed technology platform Mattison, and Imperative. He is also the co-founder of Out In Tech (Out in Tech unites the LGBTQ+ tech community. We do this by creating opportunities for our members to advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change). He is author of national best-selling book, Hiring for Diversity, the first guide for building an equitable and inclusive workforce through hiring, published by Wiley

This podcast episode delves into the significant role of networking in fostering social impact, current trends in the impact sector, tips for job seekers in being more competitive, shares insights on the role of recruiting firms and the need for ongoing learning through platforms like Coursera, YouTube, LinkedIn Learning, and even TikTok.

Arthur also highlights growth in remote roles and how to find the right impact roles in general, as well as key impact platforms and job boards. Drawing upon his extensive experience in the impact sector, Arthur explains the role of executive recruiting firms and champions the importance of enhancing equity and inclusion in the sector. He also provides valuable insights for job seekers in the impact space, offering guidance on what recruitment firms typically look for, while highlighting areas of growth and existing trends in the industry and beyond. He also shares his reflections on the wonders and challenges of building impact startups.

Key Topics

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Tech and Recruiting
  • Potential divide among companies in supporting underrepresented communities
  • Importance of employers enacting progressive policies
  • Lack of diversity in administration and higher ranks in impact sector and how this is changing.
  • Representation gaps across various sectors
  • Access to education as a crucial aspect of addressing diversity
  • Trickle-down impact of inadequate education access on workforce trajectories
  • Potential job displacements due to AI, particularly in customer service
  • Workforce development, upskilling, and retooling for mobility and representation
  • HR talent recruiting functions as a competitive advantage for organizations
  • Creating inclusive and equitable work environments
  • Recruiting outside the industry and looking within the organization for talent
  • Reducing bias in the hiring process through structured interviews and training
  • The shift towards a more global workforce and distribution of teams during the pandemic
  • Importance of well-put-together LinkedIn profiles for remote work management
  • Increased openness to hiring individuals abroad with remote team experience
  • Different types of executive search firms and their roles
  • Joining a startup's leadership team through search firms and talent pools
  • Researching and reaching out to search firms for job opportunities

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