VIDEO: Unconscious Bias at the Recruiting Stage

October 6, 2016 2:26 pm

During a panel moderated by Lissiah Hundley, diversity and inclusion strategist for Cox Enterprises, executives from Monsanto (No. 43 on the 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list), Nielsen (No. 41) and Comcast NBCUniversal (No. 29) discussed the realities of unconscious bias and offered strategies to remedy it at the recruiting stage.

By Kaitlyn D’Onofrio

During DiversityInc’s fall conference, “Best Practices on Conquering Recruiting Challenges,” on September 14 in Newark, New Jersey, Lissiah Hundley, diversity and inclusion strategist for Cox Enterprises, moderated the “Unconscious Bias at the Recruiting Stage panel. Panelists included Melissa Harper, VP, global talent acquisition, inclusion and diversity and HR compliance, Monsanto (No. 43 on the 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list); Chris Louie, SVP, global talent acquisition, Nielsen (No. 41); and Michael Peters, senior director of talent acquisition and talent management, Comcast NBCUniversal (No. 29).

The executives discussed unconscious bias they’ve witnessed during the recruiting stage in their own careers and explained different strategies their companies have employed to overcome it.

“Recruiting has never been as difficult as it is today and it’s never going to get any easier,” Harper said, adding that effective diverse recruitment is “not a one size fits all” and requires a global lens.

The responsibility starts at the top — but it has to be an honest, transparent requirement. “Leadership must hold other leaders accountable,” Peters said.

“We all need to set the tone,” Louie added.

View full presentation.

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