SXSW 2024

An Inconvenient Truth: How Talent is Being Overlooked


Looking for talent in all the wrong places? We often build talent pipelines with an implicit bias toward certain individuals or groups, but doing so results in talent gaps that hurt us all. What if we start to redefine talent, realizing that it comes in every shape and size? When we recognize that every individual is innately gifted and worthy, our task changes to discovering how an individual’s skillset may meet our organization’s existing needs. Only then can we begin to design more inclusive work cultures that benefit from greater diversity and the contributions of well-placed individuals.

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  1. Learn how preconceived notions about talent and opportunity hinder organizations from addressing workforce shortages.
  2. Discover how shifting the paradigm away from selective thinking can increase equity and opportunity for all.
  3. Learn data-driven strategies to reimagine organizational cultures and create an environment where all talent can thrive.



Christina Ross, Senior Communications Manager, Content & Strategy, Western Governors University

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Fireside Chat
  • Track: Workplace Revolution
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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