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Why It’s Important To Actively Hire Diverse Talent

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Nov. 17 2016, Published 1:17 p.m. ET

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On November 10th, attorney and diversity expert Shay M. Lawson joined subscribers of #theAgenda to discuss the importance of bringing diverse talent into the work place.

Below are just a few of the many gems that Shay shared with us during our conversation. If you’d like access to the full conversation and more exclusive Her Agenda content, be sure to subscribe to #theAgenda today!

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On challenges she’s faced convincing companies and organizations to recruit and hire diverse employees:

“By far my biggest challenge has been getting hiring managers to break out of their comfort zones and their inner circles of networks and hire from schools they’ve never heard of or from non traditional backgrounds.”

On the steps that millennial women of color must take in order to better position themselves in work environments:

“The best way women of color can advance in the workplace is to find an ally that is already within the inner circle of authority that can champion you to make you and your work visible to the right people.  By purposely networking within your organization and at minority and non minority conferences and events so that when opportunity comes your name comes to mind.”

The biggest lesson she has learned personally as she has grown in her profession:

“You will sabotage the reality of your own success trying to keep up with others’ carefully curated social media reality. Keep your integrity, always work hard don’t get discouraged when the course changes. What’s yours is yours and will come in due time.”

To learn more about Shay and her work, follow her on Twitter and Instagram

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