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Diverse Executive Talent Pool Case Study

Case Study of Diverse Executive Talent Pool

Case Study Scenario

In our case study of a Diverse Executive Talent Pool, a global media and entertainment company retained Intellerati to identify and profile top diverse senior-level executives working at competitor companies and at relevant technology companies.

The CEO set a strategy to transform the company’s senior leadership team by making it more diverse. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives do appear to be gaining traction as Dagny Dukach observes in Harvard Business Review, DEI Gets Real.

” . . . in the wake of movements such as Me Too and Black Lives Matter, there’s cause for optimism. It’s increasingly clear that many people—perhaps even the vast majority—are genuinely disturbed by inequities and are motivated to address them.”

— Dangny Dukach, Associate Editor, Harvard Business Review

The Challenge

The reason our client approached us for a Diverse Executive Talent Pool was obvious. The senior executive team was overwhelmingly white and male. Its divisional leadership was mostly white as well.

In fact, the Chief People Officer who was himself diverse was painfully aware that systemic racism was pervasive in his company’s industry at radio stations across the country. Everywhere you looked, white men dominated.

Our client realized it was time for a seismic shift to more diverse leadership. He asked us to create a Diverse Executive Talent Pool — a list of diverse executives complete with career details and contact information.

Actionable Intelligence

Diversity talent pools boost the inputs — the number of diverse candidates and the number of diverse finalists — to increase the chances of diverse hires. We identified, profiled, and mapped diverse executive talent of Asian, African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. We also identified female executives.

Using both primary and secondary information, Intellerati gathered and mapped diverse senior leadership at the Vice President, Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President, and C-level. We targeted the leading media conglomerates, radio companies, television networks, motion picture companies, and digital media companies. 

The Results

Results of the Diverse Executive Talent Pool

We provided our client with more than 750 profiles, complete with all available contact information, biographies, and profile photos. Already, the diverse talent pool is being used to ensure a level playing field.

The diversity initiative continues to give our client access to the best and brightest candidates for possible recruitment. Moreover, by proactively investing in diversity research, the company has taken steps to demonstrate its commitment to diversity at the senior executive level.

To learn more, check out our blog post How to Discover Top Diverse Talent Your Competition is Missing.

Krista Bradford

Krista Bradford

Founder and CEO of Intellerati | The Good Search. Retained executive search headhunter. Former investigative journalist. Wife of saxman. Mama of MD. Co-worker of Hamlet the Corgi. TikTok addict.View Author posts