November Virtual: Fresh Approaches to Diversity Recruiting

Wednesday, November 08, 2023


Casting a Wider Net: Fresh, Productive Approaches to Diversity Recruiting

Many companies fall short of their diversity-hiring goals because they keep looking in the same places–and with the same techniques and expectations. What are the best ways for employers to break out of these patterns? How can they reconsider their job specifications to bring in more non-traditional candidates and prospects who could thrive with a modest amount of training and upskilling? What are the new and innovative ways to strengthen a diverse pipeline?

From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


All times shown below are U.S. Eastern Time

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 12:25 PM
Opening Remarks: Nick Baily and Steve Koepp, Co-Founders, From Day One
12:25 PM - 12:50 PM
How a Focus on Community Contributes to Attracting and Retaining Talent (Fireside Chat)

One of the most respected regional banks in the U.S. puts an emphasis on being an anchor to the community, which strengthens its efforts to attract and develop diverse talent. Rather than focusing purely on the outcomes of those efforts, the bank aims to be innovative on the front end of the pipeline, which includes the establishment of a youth apprenticeship program.


Glenn Jackson, Chief Diversity Officer, M&T Bank


Lizzy McLellan Ravitch, Workplace Reporter, the Philadelphia Inquirer

12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
Mapping the Human Genome of Potential (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

For more than 500 years, human beings have used resumes to assess the potential of individuals. While it may be tempting to think that the reason we still use them is because they’re a good indicator of future performance, the truth is—we just haven’t found anything better. And employers and job seekers alike agree that a reliance on resumes, combined with technology, is a catastrophic combination. Algorithms that scan for keywords, metrics, and skills effectively exclude more than 80% of potential job candidates. What if, instead of relying on an exclusionary demand-side search for skills and themes, we instead used an inclusive, supply-side approach? Allowing people to demonstrate their potential and then obtain the skills they need to succeed in their career? Through data science, performance coaching, and some empathy, we can change the way the world works.

Scott Dettman, CEO, Avenica

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM
Is Your Company Attractive to a Diverse Workforce? (Panel)

In this labor market, workers are picking you as much as you’re picking them. What are the key elements that make an employer welcoming to a diverse labor pool, from personalized benefits to a sense of belonging? What are the most inclusive and innovative hiring practices? How much does career growth and employee retention add to a company’s allure? Instead of looking for a “culture fit” in new employees, how can companies make their workplace better-suited to diversity?


DeShaun Wise Porter, VP, Global Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Engagement, Hilton 

Monica Parodi, VP, Talent Acquisition, the New York Times 

Shenece Johns, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, JCPenney  

Rena Nigam, Founder & CEO, Meytier 

Louis Chesney, Neurodiversity Program Manager, RethinkCare 


Lydia Dishman, Senior Editor, Growth and Engagement, Fast Company

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
Look Again: How to Find Top Talent Among Those Who Didn't Make the First Cut (Thought Leadership Spotlight)
You could call them “trash can hires”: job candidates whose applications initially were tossed out of the running because their qualifications and experience were different from a company’s vision of an ideal candidate. But when other employees plucked them out of the reject pile and recognized their potential, the companies decided to take a chance on them. With today's long-term talent shortage, companies can't afford to let good candidates slip through the cracks. In this session, we'll explore three ways to take a more open-minded approach to hiring: start with a small batch of candidates and adjust as you go, dive deep into referrals and recommendations, and break out of established hiring processes. Slowing down to consider–or reconsider–an unconventional candidate can result in surprising success.

Delphine Carter, Founder & CEO, Boulo Solutions

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
5 Tactical Ways to Improve Team Participation So Everyone is Heard (Workshop)

Employees have different workstyles, behaviors, backgrounds and comfort zones.  In team settings we often see two or three people do all of the talking – so how do we get everyone to contribute and what’s stopping them?  Join Vivek in a conversation about how to get the entire team to participate so that everyone can have an equitable voice and feel valued.  Vivek will show methods and techniques that you can do today that will improve the overall participation on your teams.  And he will touch on using AI, team processes and focus boosters to continue to encourage participation.

Vivek Nigam, President & CEO, BeRemote

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Flex Your Style and Build Emotional Intelligence (Workshop)

At ThinkHuman, we serve our mission by providing leadership development programs that specifically focus on people leadership,  which is the leadership of oneself and others. Based on behavioral science, our leadership programs focus on creating mindset shifts and long-term leadership change in leaders at all levels. Join ThinkHuman for an interactive “Flex Your Style” Learning Jam (a condensed session from one of our core leadership development programs) that will cover how you can elevate your ability to flex your communication style and behavior to enhance your own effectiveness, enhance the effectiveness of others that you interact with, and understand emotional intelligence and psychological safety at work.


Shaun Sperling, Facilitator, ThinkHuman

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Why Your Diversity Pipeline Needs an ‘Anti-Rejection’ Revolution (Workshop)

Rising stars are exiting in droves, and new leaders are derailing before they’ve even had a chance to succeed. Simply pumping diversity into the recruitment pipeline isn’t going to be enough. It’s not about quotas; it’s about revamping the power structure to thrive on diversity. Leadership experts Talia Gerson and Marissa Waldman share how to supercharge new manager assimilation with a research-backed “vitamin boost.”

Talia Gerson, Leadership Development Expert & Chief Product Officer, FromJump

Marissa Waldman, Leadership Development Expert & CEO, FromJump

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM
How Equitable Technology Can Boost Diversity (Panel)

Employment-recruiting algorithms often have built-in racial and other biases, but it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, they can be easier to fix than some of the other systemic biases in the labor market. What are some of the most innovative technologies and tools to help promote diversity? How can equitable AI help employers achieve their diversity and inclusion commitments? With the arrival of new technologies, what is the role of human judgement in the hiring process.


Nicholas Mailey, VP of Talent Acquisition, Equinix 

Stacey Olive, VP of Talent Acquisition & Employer Branding, Medidata Solutions (Dassault Systèmes)

Rebecca Warren, Director of Customer Success, Eightfold 

Josh Brenner, CEO, Hired


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Journalist, Contributing Editor, From Day One

04:05 PM - 04:25 PM
Using Your Employee Benefits to Attract Diverse Talent: Building the Foundation Before They Arrive (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

By looking at your benefits plan through a variety of lenses and thinking about your employees’ diverse needs, you can build a plan that allows individuals and their families to feel seen, heard, valued, and understood through the benefits that you offer.  Addressing unmet needs can drive engagement with your current employees and cast a vision that is attractive to a prospective employee, showing that your story can become their story. 

Matthew Legere, SVP, Brown & Brown

04:30 PM - 04:55 PM
How to Focus and Accelerate the Hiring Process for a Better Experience (Fireside Chat)

Too often, the process of filling a role can drag out, creating a frustrating experience for candidates and hiring managers alike. A leader of talent acquisition at a global advertising firm tells how her company staged a successful experiment in making things go faster without sacrificing an inclusive approach. 


Amy Onori, SVP, Talent Acquisition, Publicis Media


Saja Hindi, Reporter, the Denver Post

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Closing Remarks: Steve Koepp, Co-Founder, From Day One