Action-Oriented Solutions to Address D&I in Staffing Organizations

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Recorded On: 10/21/2020

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) mean more than just race and gender. A growing focus has finally been placed on creating cultures and environments where different voices are heard and encouraged. Join this panel of industry executives as they discuss practical D&I solutions that have been implemented at their companies and are making a difference. They will discuss topics such as addressing internal pay equity and sourcing talent from challenging socioeconomic environments, among many others.


Janette Marx (Moderator)

CEO, Airswift

Marx started with Airswift in 2014 and served as chief operating officer for four years before assuming her present role as chief executive officer. She has a passion for investing in the development of people to help everyone achieve their aspirations. Throughout her career, Marx has championed new initiatives, including diversification strategies, sales and recruitment growth improvements, and operational efficiencies. She has led cutting-edge programs to give her teams a competitive advantage. Before Airswift, Marx served in various leadership roles with the Adecco Group over a 19-year period. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA. Marx is a member of the ASA board of directors.

Misty Dervic

senior director, client services, Randstad

As a senior director for Randstad Sourceright Total Talent Solutions, Dervic oversees corporate client relationships across North America in diverse industries, including multinational beverage corporation, manufacturing and retailer, marketing and creative, financial, scientific, human resources, pharmaceutical, engineering, and technology. She has a passion for diversity and inclusion and currently serves as a Randstad equality, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) ambassador. She also holds a committee chair role under Randstad Sourceright’s business resource group WIRED—Women in Randstad Empowering Development. Her responsibilities include new account sales and implementation, strategic solution design, diversity and inclusion strategies, account and field leadership, cost savings strategies, client delivery, governance and strategic roadmap management, execution, and serving as a key leader/sponsor over the life of the partnership.

Amelia Nickerson

CEO, First Step Staffing

Nickerson joined First Step Staffing in January 2018 and was appointed chief executive officer in May 2020. Nickerson has more than a decade of experience as a fund-raiser, volunteer, and board member for nonprofits across the Southeast. She previously served as the vice president of development and community relations at First Step, managing fund-raising and community relations for all of First Step’s current markets, as well as assisting with recent expansion opportunities. Nickerson serves on the Worksource Fulton Board and is Chairman of its strategic partnerships committee; she also serves on the Metro Atlanta Exchange for Workforce Development’s provider council. Nickerson has also served as president of the board for the Anti-Prejudice Consortium and past chair of the annual Power Over Prejudice Summit.

Candace Whitaker

Chief Human Resources Officer and Counsel, Signature Consultants LLC

Whitaker has built Signature’s human resource department, assisted in the creation of developmental programs, and supported the company’s growth from a small $50 million business to a $500 million-plus staffing firm for information technology professionals across the country. Her route to Signature started with a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Michigan State University and a juris doctor degree from Wayne State Law School. She spent her early professional life as a teacher, lawyer, and compliance officer, and eventually made her way into HR during the government shutdown in 1995. After gaining experience in handling sales, recruiting, and branch management, she became a Signature employee in 2004 and built the company’s HR department from the ground up.


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