We’ve heard it before, and it rings true in multiple ways:
If your executive team looks like a mistaken case of copy-and-paste, then the organization below them will be a CC of the same.
If you don’t prioritize diversity early on in the interview process (at the top of the funnel), then you’re going to get a homogenous bottom of the funnel (new hires).
But you can take it a step deeper, even. That’s why the recent findings that the University of California system admitted the largest and most diverse class ever of Californian freshmen is so refreshing – it shows that the paradigm across the board is shifting.
So what does that mean for us involved in hiring?
While college is one piece of the puzzle, it contributes a big chunk of it (according to the BLS, in some cases as high as 90%). And, if that top of the funnel is more diverse than ever, it will be easier than ever to hire more diverse teams.