Diverse by Design is a conversation series about building diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Diverse by Design aims to spark a national conversation about diversity in the workforce. By building momentum around this critical issue, we hope to foster more diverse talent pipelines that inspire corporate innovation and benefit the bottom line while creating a more equitable workplace.

To read about the genisis of Diverse by Design, click here. 

Research shows that diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform their counterparts, yet 97 percent of domestic senior leadership teams fail to reflect the demographic composition of the United States. Additional research from INROADS suggests diversity strategies must be built around retention, career pathways, and talent intake.

The series is hosted by Per Scholas, a national social change nonprofit that prepares curious adults who are unemployed or in low-wage jobs with the technical and business skills to launch life-changing careers in technology, in partnership with the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), the only national organization dedicated exclusively to cultivating professional talent among African-American IT executives.  

To date, Diverse by Design has hosted events in New York and Washington, D.C., with additional events planned across the country in 2017. Each event has gathered more than 150 attendees to hear from Fortune 500 thought leaders in technology, finance, energy, and social impact. To learn more about our New York and Washington, D.C. events click here.

As part of Diverse by Design, Per Scholas and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) together with Fortune and nonprofit leaders launched the Diverse by Design National Working Group to inspire and activate the private sector to make workplaces more inclusive, equitable, and diverse. The Diverse by Design National Working Group will elevate what’s working to drive and sustain diverse workforces, form alliances that bridge gaps between America’s untapped talent and fast-growing organizations, and leverage data and evidence-based practices to influence HR and business decisions.