Recruiting the Rainbow

URx Conference 2021: Sourcing diverse talent is a challenge. LGBTQ+ talent is no exception. In many cases it can be more difficult to find these candidates due to stigma, fear and a lack of resources. In this presentation we will cover the best approaches to locating and utilizing LGBTQ+ talent pools to pull from a diverse group with intersectionality across race, gender identity, veteran status, age and more.
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Moderator Highlights

  • Review policies and procedures to find opportunities to be more inclusive about gender. Look beyond male/female to measure success. Introduce yourself using your pronouns (she/they/him). 
  • 1 in 6 Gen Z adults are LGBT 
  • All students value Investment, Giving Back and DEI 

About the Speaker

Matthew French (He/Him/His) is the Founder and ‘90s-nostalgic brain behind Awesomely Authentic, a career-coaching, and inclusion organization that focuses on the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ people as they navigate the milestones of choosing a college to attend, searching for that perfect job, or making your company more inclusive.With ten years of experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, eight years of professional career coaching, and a love of the ‘90s, he has blended all of these aspects together to create an authentically high-energy tailored experience for his presentations. His work has been highlighted in national career development associations, CNN Business, LGBTQ+ non-profits, and more!

Matthew currently works and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he works as the Assistant Director for Employer Relations at UNC Charlotte to connect Employers with UNCC students and alumni.