Diversity Recruitment Advisory

Success Building Diverse Teams Through Systematic Unbiased Talent Research

Consistently rated a top diversity supplier by client executive search teams

Success Building Diverse Teams Through Systematic Unbiased Talent Research.

Our approach to diversity recruitment advisory is formed based on rigorous analysis of talent data and an unwavering drive to make a positive impact on the world.


Greater Performance

Diverse teams form more comprehensive views of the world and lead organizations to higher levels of growth and understanding. Organizations with broader perspective and diversity of experience consistently outperform their competitors. Increased awareness and engagement are key to facilitation of creative thinking. Engagement with new communities in the world lead people to make better decisions and move towards more innovative ways of thinking and acting. It also leads towards more effective use of resources. In general, organizations have higher levels of performance through creating more inclusive environments and engaging more diverse ideas into processes.

Each One Teach One

Our world has a history that should not be forgotten and we are committed to learning from mistakes made in the past. We trust and learn from our clients and partner to create caring and inclusive environments that align with candidate capabilities and goals. We advise on improving diversity and inclusion by working together to determine diversity strategies, provide open feedback, train on inclusive culture development, implement unbiased talent acquisition processes, set interview guidelines that ensure consistency in candidate assessments, and in hiring diverse teams.

Diverse Perspective

As an organization and society, we can only succeed if we make sure that we understand the wider world around us. Social structures are changing at increasing pace. We seek new perspectives from trusted advisors. Willard Powell has a diverse network of clients and executives who advise us on important emerging gender and cultural issues. In particular, we seek perspective from executive advisors with a “maternal” view on how the world, who can inspire others to better care for everyone. The African proverb “it takes a village,” can be applied in professional communities.

Our Commitment

Willard Powell is committed to building a better world by helping you build a diverse and inclusive team. We start by developing our team and empowering them to make a positive impact on the world. The Willard Powell team works with client talent acquisition teams and hiring managers to build diverse talent pipelines by taking a systematic and unbiased approach to talent research. We identify candidates that exhibit your unique priorities for specialization and functional role alignment. We build talent pipelines with the most qualified candidates and having greatest level of diversity. We screen for cultural fit, global perspective, awareness of DEIB initiatives, and experience building diverse teams.

Overcoming Bias

Raising awareness on human bias and machine bias are important components of facilitating change. Understanding bias is becoming a more complex topic as computer assisted decisioning is increasingly part of our lives. Use of automation can position us to remove bias from process, but we also recognize that human perspective and biases are encoded in machines. Artificial intelligence algorithms used for talent acquisition and performance management are inevitably and unintentionally encoded with human bias. As a society, we have a responsibility to recognize that innovation can and should lead us towards building a more inclusive world, but should be controlled by what makes us distinctly human, our compassion for others.

Inspiring Everyone

Every small change has an incredible impact on the way society evolves, thinks and cares for everyone. Firms that are committed to creating more inclusive environments, become well integrated across the organization. Positive change comes from a clear focus from inspirational leaders that are committed to cultural transformation. Building inclusive culture starts with finding leaders that inspire your team members to improve themselves, take greater responsibility for their team members and the larger community around them.

How can we help you hire inspirational leaders that build more diverse and inclusive teams?

There is a clear connection between diversity and innovation. We advise clients on diversity recruitment, but more importantly, we work to open hearts and minds.

A diverse society is stronger. Willard Powell’s Diversity Recruitment Advisory team is focused on, transferring diversity recruitment best practices from Willard Powell to clients, helping clients determine diversity recruitment strategies, working with hiring managers to broadening search criteria and prioritize diversity initiatives, and identifying high potential diverse influencers to lead cultural transformation. We follow a research and data based approach to raising awareness and bringing greater diversity to our clients. This approach allows us to visualize for clients how diverse the world is and how much better we can all do in building diverse teams.
We believe that a focus on intersectionality is an important component of diversity strategy and can lead organizations to higher levels of success in recruiting and retaining diverse talent. Intersectional individuals are uniquely positioned to make a great impact on cultural transformation — helping others see the world through a lens of intersectionality and connect intersecting ideas. Furthermore, in following the leadership of intersectional leaders that have overcome great adversity, we can find higher levels of understanding, compassion, empathy, resiliency, and a greater ability to more easily adapt to change.
Finally, groups that overcome adversity together, ultimately drive towards innovative ideas more efficiently, and are better positioned to enable systemic change. We see that a focus on intersectionality is an opportunity to cultivate transformation and drive innovation. We are committed to helping marginalized groups close the gender and racial pay gaps, which will ultimately result in positive outcomes for all. As we continue on our diversity journey as a firm, we are committed to being part of the solution by having a particular focus on introducing women-of-color and other marginalized groups into leadership opportunities at companies that are committed to change.

“For over ten years now, the Willard Powell team has been on the forefront of helping clients build diverse teams. We do this by conducting talent research using automation to reduce bias, finding market intelligence through rigorous analysis of talent data, and helping clients in setting diversity recruitment strategy. There is a clear connection between diversity and innovation. We advise clients on diversity recruitment, but more importantly we work to open hearts and minds. It goes without saying, racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination are totally wrong and should be eradicated from society. Systemic change is underway and leading firms are reimagining how they approach recruitment and hiring. Willard Powell is committed to helping clients elevate diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives and making a positive impact on the world. Willard Powell is helping move the needle. We are part of the solution.”

David McInnis

President of Willard Powell