On September 15, 2016, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area hosted a panel discussion at Real Staffing in San Francisco, featuring three panelists and a moderator who are diversity and inclusion leaders with both industry and academia perspectives.
Julius Pryor III, Head of Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion at Genentech/Roche, Asha Collins, Vice President of Clinical Trial Sourcing at McKesson, and Bonita Banducci, Instructor of Gender and Engineering at Santa Clara University and Women’s Startup Lab, discussed difficulties faced by companies in achieving true diversity in the workforce. The panel was moderated by Alec Drew, Senior Learning Consultant of SThree and Real Staffing Group, who provided her thoughts on the issues faced by hiring managers and team leaders.
The panelists discussed how the hiring process is only the first step in creating a diverse workforce. They explained how a company also needs to create a culture where all team members feel included. They provided research results showing that including people of different ages, cultures, personal and professional backgrounds, and genders in a group setting can lead to greater innovation and provide more growth opportunities for all members of the workforce.
The panelists’ insights resulted in a thought-provoking discussion by the attendees afterwards. Thank you to all participants and to Sophia Plessier and Real Staffing for hosting the event!
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