I am the cofounder and President of PowerToFly. I'm sharing my experiences working with America's largest companies to diversify their teams. Sometimes I'll throw in some random stories... and some studies that show the economic benefits of gender parity.
I was in media for over ten years as the sixth employee and head of the homepage at Huffington Post, the Executive Director of Digital at The Washington Post and the Founding Managing Editor of NowThis. So I've been around a bit.
Recently, a recruiting manager at one of the world's largest companies told my team he was struggling to build a case for investing in more diversity-focused initiatives. His employees were questioning why their company would be spending money on diversity recruiting campaigns, including events, where women and people of color could hear why the company should be considered an inclusive place to work.
I was shocked. It's 2018. Homogeneous teams are not only bad for business and the economy as a whole, but diverse teams literally strengthen profits and innovation within workplaces.
Study after study has proven this.
Then it dawned on me that so many people are ill-equipped to make a case for the benefits of diversity in the workplace.
Don't worry. What follows is a quick guide for how to make the case. It includes research from Harvard, McKinsey, Gallup, and peer reviewed studies for you to lay out how your business could be reaching new levels of productivity, profitability, and long-term enhanced recruiting outcomes if diversity were to become a priority. Take this to your boss, skeptical colleagues, and even your uncle who argues that his male-dominated workplace doesn't need to change.
Meredith Polson told us in the video below that she "constantly likes solving problems." Before being hired at S&P Global, she thought she had a big problem when she went up for a Senior Business Analyst role at S&P Global, but didn't have the technological experience the role required. Instead of turning Meredith down, they recognized her passion for learning and embraced her "problem" - and obvious enthusiasm around learning - up-skilling her up for the role.
S&P Global is looking for more candidates like Meredith who don't shy away from perceived problems or challenges and who embrace a growth-mindset. They have posted hundreds of open roles on PowerToFly as they build out diverse and inclusive environments where people like Meredith and her team thrive. Follow S&P Global here for job alerts targeted to your skills, potential invites to their events and more.
Sameena Shah oversees a lot of data from her perch as the Managing Director and Head of Data Science at S&P Global Ratings. But one fact stands out to her: for her team to be successful, it simply has to be diverse. And Sameena is backed up by studies like this one by S&P Global economists on how increased female participation in the U.S. workforce could unlock trillions of GDP growth. Sameena also points out recent stories of Artificial Intelligence products failing dramatically because diverse teams didn't work on them. Watch the video we put together with Sameena to hear more of her thoughts (1000% truths, rather) and learn more about the team she's building at S&P Global.
Our friends at S&P Global have posted hundreds of open roles on PowerToFly as they build out diverse and inclusive environments where people like Sameena and her team thrive. Follow S&P Global here for job alerts targeted to your skills, potential invites to their events and more.