Hiring diverse talent is the focus of many organizations in order to help facilitate more access for diverse candidates and to assist them with connecting directly with HR professionals and recruiters at top tech companies.
Black Women in Science & Engineering (BWISE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Austin Urban Tech Movement (AUTM) recently organized an event with the sole purpose of building relationships that connect top talent and innovative companies dedicated to inclusivity.
Among the participants were Tasha McCarter of BWISE and Michael Ward of AUTM. Event speakers included Holly Tachovsky of BuildFax, and Cody Horton of Diverse Recruiting Experts. They each shared their insights on hiring and creating inclusive talent pipelines.
The room consisted of professionals with a tech and engineering focus who had five to 10 years of experience working at companies like Oracle, Dell, IBM, and Trendkite. Leadership from major universities was also in attendance including Dr. Steven Edmond, Dean of the School of Business and Technology & International Student Advisor at Huston-Tillotson University, Steven Hatchett, Director of Career & Graduate Development at Huston-Tillotson University, and Eric Dieter, Executive Director of Student Engagement, Recruitment, and Outreach in Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence at The University of Texas at Austin.
Horton shared with the crowd his “why” and how he was inspired by his Naval recruiter who was focused on recruiting women and people of color into the Officer ranks. Since then, Horton has been focused on recruiting to help open up doors for other professionals to find jobs and build their skills to increase their value and make more money. Horton offered this practical advice to job seekers:
- Be confident and prepare yourself
- Have a story and share it
- Share what you have done and problems you’ve solved
- Talk about risks and results
- Reflect on lessons learned
- Have data and analytics to back up your story
Tachovsky shared the importance of creating gravity and making the pie bigger so we all have more joy and less stress.
“We all can have a piece of the pie. The more inclusive we are the better outcomes we have,” said Tachovsky.
Voz, a young Black professional left the event feeling inspired, encouraged, and empowered.
Mentioning he feels like an outsider, especially in the Domain area, he did state, “I’ve never seen this many Black people in Austin, especially in the professional setting.”