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November 20, 2023
Ep. 14: Diversity Recruiting and ‘Positive Disruption’

Diversity Recruiting and ‘Positive Disruption’

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About the Episode

Diversity recruiting goes well beyond finding candidates who are simply different. It’s about identifying and hiring talent that will change the trajectory of your college or university in a productive way. Diversity recruiting both uplifts candidates in the minority while broadening the talent in the majority. The “positive disruption” of attracting and retaining diverse talent is what Rory Verrett’s work is all about. 

A diversity recruiter and executive coach, Rory visits “I Wanna Work There!” to talk about how he identified the need for diversity recruiting in the executive space, why diversity recruiting is so important to the health of organizations, and why he decided to write his book, “The Pomegranate Principle: The Best Practices in Diversity Recruiting.”

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Rory E. Verrett is the founder of Protégé Search, a diversity executive search and leadership development firm. He is a trailblazing talent strategist who brings 20 years of experience in talent management, diversity and inclusion, executive search, and public affairs to mission-critical client projects.

Rory has shared his innovative insights on diversity and inclusion with Fortune, Forbes, and The New York Times. He has served as a moderator and speaker at Harvard University, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Rory has also testified before the United States Congress as a national expert on diversity and inclusion in corporate America. He is the host of the award-winning Protégé Podcast, a career advice show focused on the career journeys of diverse professionals and leaders. Rory is a former trustee of Howard University and is the current president of the Harvard Law Black Alumni Association.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and Howard University, Rory is a former leader in the diversity practices of two global executive search firms (Spencer Stuart and Russell Reynolds Associates), and the first-ever head of talent management at the National Football League.

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Eddie Francis is the Founder of Edify Ventures and is the host of I Wanna Work There!


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