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Balanced Teams: Why Atlassian got rid of the concept of cultural fit

 Aubrey Blanche is the Global Head of Diversity & Belonging at Atlassian. There, she works with teams across the business to enhance access to technical education, recruiting, retention and career mobility for underrepresented minorities. She believes that leading with empathy is the key to creating highly effective teams. Aubrey also serves as an advisor to the SheStarts accelerator. Aubrey, Atlassian has developed a remarkable strategy around talent acquisition, employer branding,...

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Sustainable Diversity: Amelia Ransom on breaking the diversity hiring stereotype

Amelia Ransom is Sr. Director of Engagement & Diversity at Avalara. She also serves on the boards of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Goodwill, The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion and Building Changes. She is also on the advisory board for the Seattle chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in America (ALPFA). Amelia, the diversity hiring quotas and principles are surrounded by controversy. What does diversity hiring mean to you? I hate this te...

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Diversity of Thought: Carlos Mallen on building diverse teams post mergers and acquisitions

Carlos Mallen is Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the Americas and Europe at Exela. Prior to the formation of Exela, he was the SVP, Human Resources for Americas and Europe at SourceHOV. Before joining SourceHOV, Mr. Mallen served as the Head of Human Resources for Mary Kay Latin America, building a skillset that includes HR strategy, organization design, employee relations, recruiting, compensation and benefits, international assignment services, and employee recognition. Mr. Mal...

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Multiculturalism: Lorie Valle-Yanez on driving diversity initiatives into business benefits

Lorie Valle-Yanez is Head of Diversity and Inclusion at MassMutual. Since joining MassMutual in 2008, she has developed a diversity and inclusion platform to help the company solve challenges, grow in new markets, and instill innovation in a conservative industry. In partnership with the executive team, Lorie designed MassMutual’s first diversity and inclusion strategy, focused on Leadership, Marketplace & Distribution, and Workforce & Workplace. She later led its diversity an...

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Building Bridges: John Crossman on fostering diversity through scholarships and mentoring.

John Crossman is CEO of Crossman & Company, one of the Southeast’s largest retail leasing, management and investment sales firms, with over 28 million square feet of properties in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. As CEO, John promotes the firm’s core values including a strong commitment to community service, industry education initiatives and an unwavering dedication to diversity through creating scholarships and mentoring. He serves...