It’s an ongoing priority at UKG to recruit a wide range of talented people to join the organization and better reflect the makeup of our communities. As such, last fall, UKG’s Director of Belonging, Diversity, and Equity (BD&E), Derek V., identified an opportunity to expand the pool of candidates by casting a wider net. Derek and his team strategically partnered with specific colleges and universities to build relationships, including Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University.
Here, we spotlight two new U Krewers who are a result of those partnerships.
Jazmiyne, Solutions Consultant
Clark Atlanta University is one of more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States and U.S. Virgin Islands. After receiving her MBA at Clark Atlanta University in May 2021, Jazmiyne B. was hired into the Elevate program, a training program at UKG where exceptional individuals early in their careers are immersed in the latest workforce management and human capital management technology. As someone who loves to network and experience new cultures, Jazmiyne was excited about the opportunity to join a company that allows her to work with people across the globe.
“Everyone was so welcoming,” she says. “We were provided with mentors throughout the process and the management team was always available and supportive. It’s a program that really prepares you for personal skills growth, working with customers, consulting skills, and training.”
After completing the Elevate program in December 2021, Jazmiyne was hired as a solutions consultant, helping our customers implement UKG Pro. She has already been assigned and is working with her first customer organization.
Francis, Technology Consultant
Not far from Clark Atlanta University, the UKG Belonging, Diversity, and Equity Team turned its attention to Georgia State University. Francis I. graduated from Georgia State in 2020 with a degree in computer information systems. He was recruited into the Elevate program and joined UKG in September 2021.
“I can honestly say my experience in the Elevate program was one of the best trainings and the managers are some of the best people that I’ve come across,” says Francis.
In January 2022, Francis was hired as a technology consultant and began shadowing his mentors, collaborating with other team members, and attending customer meetings.
“The talent attraction efforts utilized to find great people, such as Jazmiyne and Francis, shows our commitment to help UKG expand our sourcing pools to find the best and brightest across multiple diverse intersections,” says Derek. “Our team believes strongly in the business imperative of BD&E as the world is changing around us due to more generational, gender, and ethnic and cultural diversity. It has been proven that organizations that embrace the business imperative of BD&E drive superior business outcomes for all and are viewed as some of the best-run companies.”
With the success of this pilot program, UKG is looking to expand its partnerships with Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University, as well as with additional institutions the company hasn’t engaged with yet. The focus on recruiting efforts is just one way in which the BD&E team is dedicated to ensuring all employees feel safe and welcome to bring their whole selves to an equitable workplace where they can innovate, grow, and reach their maximum potential.