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The IAB Education Foundation and its diversity initiative, iDiverse, invited HR and diversity & inclusion professionals to join a Digital Advertising Career Evening in the new IAB offices in San Francisco on December 8, 2016. They participated in discussions, led by Freada Kapor Klein, about diversity & inclusion in hiring, retention, and promotion. This was also the opportunity to mingle with their peers.
In parallel, students and recruiters met and had round table discussions about topics covering career paths in ad operations, recruitment processes, cultural integration, and career advancement.
Afterwards, HR professionals also had the opportunity to meet with the students from our Digital Advertising Program at the College of San Mateo during the cocktail and networking reception.
If you are interested in being a round table guest speaker at future events, please let us know.
Hits, Misses, and Solutions in Hiring
With over 10 years of experience as an in-house recruiter, independent staffing consultant, and contingency agency recruiter, Sarah Greathouse has consistently hired for a variety of positions ranging from junior to executive level in startup, high-tech, and biotech companies. She has a solid understanding of hiring processes, with a background in corporate Human Resources.
Freada’s work is at the intersection of racial/social justice and tech. As a Partner at Kapor Capital (www.kaporcapital.com), Freada Kapor Klein, Ph.D. invests in women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color whose tech start-ups aspire to generate economic value and positive social impact. Kapor Capitals investment sectors include, but are not limited to, education, health, and consumer finance.
Freada is the founder and Board Chair of the Level Playing Field Institute (www.lpfi.org), which promotes innovative approaches to fairness in higher education and workplaces. The Institute’s Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), a three-summer high school program serving under-represented students of color, is in the process of scaling nationally. The Academy works to ensure racial equity within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Institute’s workplace programs have conducted landmark research, including the 2011 study The Tilted Playing Field: Hidden Bias in IT Workplaces. Freada’s book Giving Notice: Why the Best and the Brightest Leave the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay (Jossey-Bass 2007) combines quantitative research on who leaves corporate America and why, with stories of day-to-day experiences detailing the human and financial cost.
Freada co-founded the first organization in the U.S. to address sexual harassment in 1976. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Research, and has conducted many large survey projects on perceptions and experiences of bias, harassment, and disrespectful treatment in workplaces.
Her first job in tech was as the first head of Employee Relations, Organizational Development, and Management Training at Lotus Development Corporation. Her job description was to make Lotus the most progressive employer in the U.S. Lotus 1-2-3 is widely recognized as the killer app that made the personal computer ubiquitous in business.
A frequent speaker (some of her 2014 engagements include presentations at: Asana, Generation Investment Management Womens Leadership Summit, RAND Corp., Twilio, Twitter, and Women 2.0), Freada is also quoted and written about in the media (examples from 2014 include: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News).
Freada is also a Co-Chair of the Kapor Center for Social Impact (www.kaporcenter.org) and an Advisory Trustee of the U.C. Berkeley Foundation.
Rychelle is the Recruiting Director and Program Manager at COOP—a post graduate digital marketing program that connects underrepresented grads to meaningful careers in marketing and design. In parallel, she helps companies find and hire excellent candidates from diverse local communities. Rychelle is very inquisitive and has a passion for connecting people to meaningful experiences.
Anita Stokes joined Pandora as Senior Manager of University Recruiting to help build connections between departments and academia with the Road Crew (Pandora’s summer internship program). Prior to joining Pandora, she ran internship programs at Sony PlayStation, Lucasfilm, Apple, and Electronic Arts. Additionally, she worked as an assistant director/producer/consultant inside the university systems at Colorado College, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. Anita earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Colorado College and her master’s degree in Communications Management from the University of Southern California.
Greg Vargas is an SPHR-certified senior recruiting manager with over twenty years of progressive experience in domestic and international HR management, specializing in recruitment, employee relations, staff development, and data analysis. Currently, Greg is Director, Global Talent Acquisition: Architects | Products | University + Associate Programs | APAC.
In addition to his superlative communication and client management skills, Greg is agile with new technology, has a strong interest in, and aptitude for, research and analytics (and he is fluent in Spanish as well).
Jessie currently works as the Sr. Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at Quantcast, an advertising technology company in San Francisco. With a non-profit and learning & development background, her lifetime commitment to breaking down stereotypes and building inclusion is now a full-time focus. Her current focus is on increasing the presence of disability and intersectionality in the greater diversity and inclusion conversation.
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