Vaco believes that “who you are is more important than what you do.” With thousands of Vaconians and clients around the globe, our vision is creating a company – and a world – that places diversity and inclusion at the heart of its culture.
Vulnerably leading toward a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace – and world
Celebrating the individual spirit of people and cultures leads to a deeper, richer understanding of the world around us. And as a global company with local roots, Vaco recognizes the inherent responsibilities to seek out what makes those we serve and our communities unique, and to promote inclusion.
Empowering transformation means change must start in our hearts first. Vaco’s commitment to social justice and reform began with the formation of our Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Cabinet (IDEC). Formed in 2020, Vaco’s IDEC promotes the continuous development of an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment.
Cultural celebrations, inclusion surveys, and other programs
Empowering change from within
To change the world, we must first change from within. Vaco’s IDEC is leading our transformation by focusing on three key areas:
Helping our leaders be models of change and influence by driving diversity and unequivocal inclusion
Expanding our efforts to level the playing field and to encourage courageous and authentic discussions
Empowering our spirit by integrating the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout Vaco
I’m committed to advancing a work environment defined by each individual feeling authentically valued and empowered to realize their full potential. Vaco has an opportunity, as well as a responsibility, to lead change in this area, and I’m delighted to be involved.
My heart was touched by the white, Asian, Muslim, LatinX, and LBGTQ people who peacefully protested with me on their knees out of love for the Black community. Together we will bridge the gap and encourage others to love their neighbors as they love themselves.
Central to our internal hiring philosophy is the belief that our differences are not only valuable, but also essential to our mission 'to connect people to their dream jobs and help leading companies find talent to grow their business.'
Thoughts & conversations
Changing the narrative means opening ourselves up to vulnerable, honest conversations. To explore other perspectives and see the world from different points of view, these thoughts and conversations are aimed at listening, learning, and loving.
Effecting systemic change requires organizations to first start from within. Vaco's Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Cabinet recently shared how it's leading Vaco's transformational initiatives with Nirad Chaudhari, managing partner, during a special LinkedIn Live discussion.
Inclusion for Remote Teams
As companies pursue meaningful change, how do they inspire teams in a remote world? Watch this on-demand webinar as Vaco's Chief People Officer discusses real-world strategies for creating a more inclusive workforce with three proven DEI leaders.
Listening to Understand
Being in the same place, at the same time, doesn’t always equate to the same experience. Listen to the podcast as Jerry Bostelman (Vaco CEO) and Lavonte Kirven (Vaco recruiting manager and IDEC council member) discuss how who we are shapes our perception.
Commitment to diverse, equitable hiring
Being agents of change means encompassing more voices and more people. As a global talent & solutions firm, Vaco's committed to four key values to transform the recruitment process.
Prioritizing attitudes over resumes to measure success
Using scorecards to apply standards equitably
Expanding our networks to tap into more talent pools
Drawing the circle wide helps engage perspectives from all areas of our company – and all walks of life. This ensures Vaco’s focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity isn’t a top-down approach, but a latticework of ideas from across Planet Vaco. And these Vaconians are humbly leading the way:
Farah is an award-winning talent acquisition leader and recruiting strategist. She oversees internal hiring for Vaco's 40+ locations in North America.
Niona is a CPA and senior recruiting director within Vaco's LA office. She also serves as a mentor to college students from underrepresented communities.
Colette is a director in Vaco's consulting and contract division focused on interim solutions in accounting and finance, HR, system implementations, and operations.
Lavonte is a senior director in Vaco’s Technology and Managed Services Division. He’s also an advocate for social justice reform as a renowned speaker and poet.
Ina is a business strategist, writer, and editor with 20+ years of experience in the development, management, and execution of high-impact methodologies and content.
Let’s get it, together
Join us on social media
Help us draw our circle even wider! Much of Vaco’s efforts to celebrate diversity and encourage inclusion will be unfolding on our social media accounts. We invite you to join us and coach us along with your likes, comments, and shares.