85% of companies say increasing diversity is a priority, while 52% of companies do not ask recruitment agencies to provide a diverse candidate shortlist.
As a recruiter you are responsible for identifying the right talent for the job. But how do you meet your clients’ – often unspoken – expectations with DE&I in mind in this tight labour market? Sacha Martina (CEO and Founder of Your Talent Agency) and Gonçalo Sequeira (Founder of hiire) and Charlotte Melkert (CEO and Co-founder of Equalture) discuss what a recruitment agencies role is in their clients’ DE&I efforts and how recruiters can become strategic partners in this pursuit as well as practical ways to manage clients’ expectations and to start that change today.
A bit about
Sacha is a dynamic entrepreneur, devoted mother, and tech enthusiast with a strong passion for Diversity and Inclusion. After years of working in the tech industry and realizing the vast disparities in representation and equality, she found her true calling in championing the cause of D&I. With her unyielding dedication to creating an equitable world for all, she has become a public speaker, trainer, and consultant, sharing her knowledge and expertise to empower individuals and organizations.
Furthermore, she recently joined the Breaking Bias Expert Panel as an expert on recruitment agencies and DE&I.
A bit about
In 2022, Goncalo decided to open Hiire, we focus on helping companies to hire better and faster tech talent every single day focusing on an amazing candidate experience.
Before that, he worked for companies like Jason Associates, Feedzai, Mercedes-Benz.io, Adyen and Trengo. Throughout his career, he hired +500 IT professionals (from Software Engineers to CTOs), created Employer Branding projects, and coached recruitment teams to uplevel in Portugal, Germany, Netherlands and Singapore.
Since 2020, he has been actively helping great professionals find better jobs and different career paths with personalised coaching programs. He is also the creator behind Talent Booster, where he shares content regarding careers, on LinkedIn, Instagram and Tik Tok.
A bit about
With years of experience in the field of recruitment, both by starting a recruitment agency as well as being the Co-Founder & CEO of the hiring software company Equalture and her dedication to ensuring equal opportunities in hiring, Charlotte’s knowledge about the importance of neurodiversity within the workplace is thorough.
Her first years of being an entrepreneur have led her to several public speaking activities and nominations, including the top 8 most talented female entrepreneurs of The Netherlands, Forbes 30 Under 30, Top 30 Most Inclusive Leaders NL, LOEY Talent Award, Sprout 25 under 25 and Sifted’s top 14 European Gen Z Founders.