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INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, AND EQUITY AT VACO

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.

Vaco’s ongoing empathy-driven initiatives include:

  • Training programs and reverse mentoring
  • Diversity hiring, retention, and advancement
  • Community involvement
  • 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:

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Advancement 

Helping our leaders be models of change and influence by driving diversity and unequivocal inclusion

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Promotion 

Expanding our efforts to level the playing field and to encourage courageous and authentic discussions

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Integration 

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.
Ina Dwyer
Managing Director, Pursuit Enablement Center

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.

Niona Rich
Senior Recruiting Director
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.'
Farah Hottle
Director, Talent Acquisition

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.

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Leading Transformation

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.

Watch here

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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.

On-Demand Webinar

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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.

Listen here

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.
Focus

Prioritizing attitudes over resumes to measure success

Fairness

Using scorecards to apply standards equitably

Reach

Expanding our networks to tap into more talent pools

Data

Measuring success and progress along the way

Vaco’s IDEC Leaders

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:
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Farah Hottle

Farah is an award-winning talent acquisition leader and recruiting strategist. She oversees internal hiring for Vaco's 40+ locations in North America.

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Niona Rich

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.

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Colette Clifton

Colette is a director in Vaco's consulting and contract division focused on interim solutions in accounting and finance, HR, system implementations, and operations.

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Lavonte Kirven 

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.

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Ina Dwyer

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