Marcus Sawyerr, CEO of EQ Community joins me in this conversation on race. We talk about how he and EQ Community help Black and other People of Color who have been historically excluded from professional opportunities.
He shares his experience as a Black man in the UK, and how he came to the US and founded EQ Community.
Key Topics include:
[4:16] Why it’s important for Black people to have access to business opportunities, and ways to get those opportunities.
[5:14] Why access to information is crucial, and how lack of access has resulted in exclusion for Black and other people of color.
[12:07]- Why and how he founded EQ Community.
How Marcus Sawyerr and EQ Community help People of Color get access to top jobs and opportunities instead of languishing in search firms
[14:00] How people in EQ Community get and give support to each other to excel
[15:39] Why and how Black and Brown people are underutilized even after they get hired
[16:38] Is exclusion a Black and White thing, is it an organizational DNA thing? A race thing?
[23:10] How Diversity and Inclusion is a superpower
[27:01] The difference between being a black man in the UK vs being a Black man in the US.
[30:22] How the system in the US is set up for People of Color not to win and how to change that.
British-born CEO Marcus Sawyerr is founder of EQ Community, was an executive board member to Microsoft, former Head of Global Partnerships at The Adecco Group in Switzerland, and Senior Director at CareerBuilder.
His latest tech platform is a unique online community that’s cultivating and connecting multicultural professionals interested in tech— accelerating diverse and inclusive executive recruitment, globally.
He can speak to timely topics, as:
-Hiring Trends across Tech in DE&I Metaverse
-How Web3 and decentralization will impact future of work
-DEI program best practices for a winning team
– Myth-busting the big lie about “lowering the bar“ to attain inclusive hiring and diverse workforce
– The power and impact of inclusion and equitable recruiting
– The importance of developing nuanced and strategic approach to implementing diverse hiring panels
– And how to structure, implement, measure, and sustain equitable and inclusive attraction and selection practices
Lastly, Marcus is featured in publications: Insight, The EQ Report, American Express, Recruiter.com, LinkedIn, and Inside Big Data.
Simma Lieberman, The Inclusionist helps leaders create inclusive cultures. She is a consultant, speaker and facilitator and the host of the podcast, “Everyday Conversations on Race for Everyday People.”
Go to www.simmalieberman.com and www.raceconvo.com for more information
Simma is a member of and inspired by the global organization IAC (Inclusion Allies Coalition)