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    August 2023 DE&I Complimentary Round Table Virtual Discussion

    Date: August 31, 2023, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    HRMA Princeton
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    DE&I Complimentary Round Table Virtual Discussion: 
    Diversity & Inclusion in TechCo

    Hosted by: Danielle M. Martinez, M.Ed., MSHRM, SHRM-CP 


    Tuesday, August 31 • 6 — 7 p.m.

    Please use the following registration link to sign up for this and future DE&I discussions

    Registration CLOSES at 5 p.m. the day before each session


    This monthly roundtable discussion is intended to offer a platform of open discussion on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion related topics. 

    • Roundtable discussion will be hosted every last Thursday of each month
    • Summary of case will be sent out every first Thursday of each month


    TechCo is a mid-sized tech company located in Silicon Valley that is well-known for its innovative solutions. However, it has been struggling with diversity and inclusion (D&I) issues for years. The company's workforce is predominantly male and lacks racial diversity, mirroring the overall tech industry's demographic.

    Despite having numerous diversity programs in place, TechCo's diversity numbers remained stagnant. The company was eager to change this and create a more inclusive environment.

    The Challenge
    An internal survey revealed that employees from underrepresented groups felt they were not receiving the same opportunities for growth and advancement as their peers. Additionally, there were complaints about the lack of diverse perspectives in decision-making processes, leading to products that did not meet the needs of all users.

    Senior leadership recognized that these issues were affecting employee satisfaction, retention, and the company's reputation. They tasked the Human Resources (HR) team with developing a comprehensive D&I strategy to address these concerns.

    The Strategy
    The HR team began by establishing a dedicated D&I task force composed of members from different departments and backgrounds. This group was responsible for conducting a thorough audit of current practices and developing recommendations for improvements.

    They identified several key areas for improvement:

    1. Recruitment: The task force suggested partnering with universities and organizations that cater to underrepresented groups in tech to diversify the talent pool. They also recommended training hiring managers on unconscious bias.
    2. Career Development: They proposed implementing a mentorship program where senior staff members would mentor employees from underrepresented groups. They also suggested setting up regular career development discussions and providing clear paths for advancement.
    3. Company Culture: The task force emphasized the need to create a culture that values diverse perspectives. They recommended diversity and inclusion training for all staff and the establishment of employee resource groups.
    4. Product Development: The task force suggested incorporating diverse perspectives into the product development process, which could lead to more inclusive products.

    Outcome and Discussion Points
    Even though the new D&I strategy is still in its early stages, TechCo has already seen some positive changes. The company has started to attract a more diverse range of candidates, and there has been a slight increase in the number of employees from underrepresented groups.

    However, TechCo still has a long way to go. The company needs to continue refining its D&I strategy and taking steps to ensure that all employees feel valued and included.

    This case study raises several important questions for discussion:

    1. What are the potential barriers to implementing a successful D&I strategy?
    2. How can companies ensure that D&I initiatives are more than just token gestures?
    3. What role should senior leadership play in promoting D&I?
    4. How can companies measure the success of their D&I efforts?
    5. How can we ensure that diversity and inclusion are integral parts of a company's culture, rather than add-ons?


    1. Understand the significance of promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the role management plays in creating a fair and supportive work environment.

    2. Identify best practices for addressing employee complaints and handling workplace discrimination, emphasizing open communication and timely action.

    3. Recognize the potential consequences of inaction in addressing workplace discrimination, including legal ramifications, damage to company reputation, and loss of valuable employees.


    Danielle Martinez is a distinguished human resources professional with a Master's degree in Education and Human Resources Management. With over 12 years of HR experience, including 5 at the executive level, she has supported companies through mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, and corporate HQ relocations. Her risk management expertise has proven invaluable in reducing workforce size with minimal legal backlash.

    As businesses undergo change, employees often face challenges. Danielle mastered the art of difficult conversations and adapted her skills to virtual platforms like Zoom and WebEx, ensuring empathetic communication. Motivated by a desire to create opportunities (versus being in a position to take them away), she relaunched Sole Hire, focusing on recruitment and assisting companies, primarily startups and SMBs, with retention strategies.

    Danielle has successfully developed and deployed learning & development  programs in North America and India. She is renowned for her exceptional talent acquisition and recruitment accomplishments, saving companies over $100K annually while collaborating with management and executives on talent retention.

    Danielle participates in conferences and panel discussions across the United States and online. She holds board positions with GSC-SHRM as the Lead Chair for Diversity & Inclusion and HRMA of Princeton as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion.