General Session Diversity

Navigating the path to diversity in hiring and re-staffing: an actionable step-by-step plan to achieving a diverse and inclusive hiring program

Thursday 8:00 – 9:00am

Session Description

Like eating the proverbial elephant, successfully navigating the path to diversity requires a series of small steps rather than a single leap. It is a journey that combines people, processes, and technology across a wide range of topics, each with its own challenges and rewards. This is particularly important in COVID-era re-staffing, as high unemployment, understaffed teams, and pressures to hire quickly drive so many organizations toward biased hiring ‘shortcuts’.
During this session, we will explore the rich landscape of hiring and how to blaze a trail to an unbiased, diverse program while saving time: from communication and candidate experience, to qualifications, candidate evaluations, assessments, and finally candidate selection. We will define goals, tactics and techniques, along with insights on how to effect change within your organizations.
Join us as we map a step-by-step path to a more diverse and inclusive hiring program.


Melissa Dobbins

Melissa Dobbins is many things; entrepreneur, engineer, analyst, product strategist, mother, Star Wars enthusiast, leader, avid writer, USC Trojan, wife, science fiction fan, speaker, artist, etc. While she has many facets, none can define her. Just like everyone else, Melissa is more than a description on a piece of paper. She founded because she believes everyone deserves to be evaluated for their true potential and not by the biases triggered by a few words.

Career.Place is an anonymous candidate screening platform that helps organizations hire more effectively without bias. By removing bias, organizations open the door to a wider candidate pool while driving diversity, efficiency, and compliance. It does this by replacing bias-laden resumes and time-consuming screening calls with a structured blind process that equips the hiring team with the ability to easily and objectively identify those best qualified for the job.

Career.Place, removing bias one hire at a time.