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SXSW 2019

Stop the Bullshit and Prepare For Representation

This is a call to action for organizations to move away from setting minority quotas and taking a step back to prepare for representation. Preparing for representation is a crucial step and the most effective way to attract and retain diverse talent. The audience will learn the secret unfathomable rooted challenges minorities are battling in the workplace and making them stay away from Corporate America. This talk will dive into steps to fix systemic issues around (compensation, promotion, performance evaluation disparity) that cause major hindrance to the growth of minorities. This session will offer actionable unique recruiting strategies that will attract, retain and prove that preparing for representation yields organic positive results around increasing representation.

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  1. Setting quotas won't work if your organization is not prepared for representation. Minorities frustrated about being a check in the box.
  2. Attracting representation is important, but you fail if you can't retain. Curing systemic issues will help to attract and retain diverse talent.
  3. The outcome of preparing for representation only yields positive results that help take the organization culture to new heights.



Netta Jenkins, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, IAC Applications

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Future Workplace
  • Level: Advanced
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