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Etsy doubled its hiring of black and Latinx employees in one year. Employees from those two populations still represent only 11% of Etsy’s US workforce. But the company has made progress by creating a diversity and inclusion team, altering hiring discussions, and finding more ways to identify diverse candidates.

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  • An inspiring read to finish the week! I am happy to see that companies like Etsy are recognizing the benefits of multicultural talent and the power of diverse ideas and expertise. Their Head of Diversity & Inclusion also recognized that hiring more is just the start.

    Creating a path for leadership

    An inspiring read to finish the week! I am happy to see that companies like Etsy are recognizing the benefits of multicultural talent and the power of diverse ideas and expertise. Their Head of Diversity & Inclusion also recognized that hiring more is just the start.

    Creating a path for leadership for these new hires is as important – if not more! I hope we can share more companies making this important and strategic hiring shift this year.

  • It baffles me that companies are still failing to recognize the benefits of bringing different perspectives to make their products more relevant for their audiences. It’s common sense that your employees reflect the makeup of your audience.

    There are challenges, of course. As mentioned, employee referrals

    It baffles me that companies are still failing to recognize the benefits of bringing different perspectives to make their products more relevant for their audiences. It’s common sense that your employees reflect the makeup of your audience.

    There are challenges, of course. As mentioned, employee referrals are an easy way for small companies to bring in new hires, but that of course brings similar types of people, biases and personalities.

    I applaud Etsy for committing real efforts to look outside of the tech bubble. While there is a deeper systemic issue with lack of access and opportunities for these kind of careers, hopefully these kind of efforts can begin turning the scale.

  • This is great to hear. Long overdue, yet I applaud Etsy for this! As a DEI leader, I know this work is hard. I will note, its REALLY odd that an article about diversity, a company with ONE black board member, 15% hiring placements being black/Latinx, and YoY growth of 100% only leading to an overall

    This is great to hear. Long overdue, yet I applaud Etsy for this! As a DEI leader, I know this work is hard. I will note, its REALLY odd that an article about diversity, a company with ONE black board member, 15% hiring placements being black/Latinx, and YoY growth of 100% only leading to an overall rate of 11% black/Latinx workers....NEVER mentioned the race of the other workers or leaders. Sp often, writers NEVER mention that white persons are holding the other roles. I re-skimmed the article. The author wrote an entire article on diversity and never mentioned whit people. This may sound left-field, but i state it because as one who studies this work, it's part of a growing trend to never mention who is, and has, benefitted most from past and current hiring efforts: persons who are white.