Hire for Diversity – Part 1


Diversity is not a buzz word! Successful organizations take deliberate efforts to have a diversity program in place. They have experienced that having diverse workforce helped them further their company goals. Infact, When organization expand globally being able to adapt to the new culture and render services based on individual needs of people from a multi cultural environment will be very crucial. And so does the need for a Diverse Workforce!

Join us while we share the platform with Diversity Advocates across the globe to discuss ‘Hire for Diversity’ on May 5th, Tuesday at 8pm IST / 9.30 am CST /10.30 am EST. 

We will be doing this as a Part 1 and Part 2 series. Part 1 will cover more about planning, strategizing and Recruiting for diversity. Part 2 will cover more about engagement, retention and Inclusion from a diversity perspective. Stay tuned for part 2 on May 19th.

Watch the show here & Tweet your comments/questions with a hashtag #IndiaHRLIVE to join the conversation with our #IndiaHRLIVE ambassadors

Here are some thoughts that we will cover:

Q1. What does diversity mean? And what are some wrong perceptions about diversity?
Q2. What does hire for diversity mean and why does it matter?
Q3. When should a company need to start thinking about diversity hiring initiatives and how should they make it happen?
Q4. What are some common mistakes that organizations make with their diversity hiring efforts?
Q5. How do we measure the impact of diversity hiring efforts?


Meet our Guests!!

ronthomasRonald Thomas

CEO of Great Place to Work – GCC Countries


Ron Thomas is CEO of Great Place to Work-GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait,Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) based in Dubai. He formerly was CHRO the RGTS Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a senior faculty member of the Human Capital Institute. He holds certification from the Human Capital Institute as a Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS) and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP). Prior roles included senior level roles with Xerox HR services, IBM and Martha Stewart Living. Board membership include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, McKinsey Quarterly Executive Online Panel and HCI’s Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy. He has received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence at the World Human Resources Development Congress and has been named one of the 50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia. 

harlinaHarlina Sodhi

SVP – Head Employee Engagement, Communication, Diversity, Transformation and Change Management


Harlina is the Head of Centre of Excellence for Employee Engagement, Communication and Diversity at Reliance Industries Limited. She also leads Reliance’s HR Academy – a powerhouse of building deep HR domain expertise in partnership with SHRM.

She has 22 years of experience having worked in companies such as Xerox, General Electric and Genpact prior to Reliance Industries…which is where she gets her DNA of Quality, Process Excellence, Project Management, Leadership and Organizational Development with fanatic focus on Employee engagement practices.
She has done her Master in English from Punjab University and has multiple professional certifications to her credit. Some of the notable one’s are – PMP from PMI – US, Six Sigma in GB/BB from GE and CPLP from ASTD. She is now well on her way to getting the GPHR from SHRM as well…..

Harlina has been closely associated in the field of Diversity for nearly 10 years, first as an active member of GE Women’s network, moving on to setting up and leading GenWin (Gender Diversity Initiative of Genpact), has been a core member of WILL (Women in Leadership) forum and now as Head of Diversity for Reliance Industry.
At Reliance Harlina has been at the core of Learning and Development Business Transformation journey for Reliance Industries and was the Head – HR for Shared Services before her current role.

Harlina’s personal interest range from Adventure sports to Urdu poetry and she is now experimenting with the amazing world of Social Media. She has been invited by NHRDN to be on their committee for Diversity and Inclusion and help draft out policies and practices to help corporate India

joeJoe Gerstandt

Diversity & Inclusion Speaker, Author and Advisor


With a fresh voice and a fresh perspective, Joe Gerstandt helps organizations truly understand and benefit from diversity, inclusion and innovation. Joe works with Fortune 500 corporations, small non-profits and everything in between, and believes we can no longer afford taking a 20th century approach to these increasingly critical 21st century issues. Check out Joe’s work here, read his blog, follow him on Twitter, and connect with him on LinkedIn.


torinTorin Ellis

Diversity Search Maverick / CoFo’er SeeFuture / Hybrid Recruiter / Candidate Validation / Filming


Torin Ellis is a Human Capital Strategist // Interview Architect // CoFounder of SeeFuture.

He delivers engaging and high spirited recruiting services.  Seen as a client sparring partner.  Developed hybrid model in 2006 as an alternative to traditional contingency and retained firms.  He’s adept at identifying target candidates and creating stories that gain their attention.

Torin works with the passion of a thousand soft beating drums.  End result are reduced recruitment costs, higher ROI, and a committed employer brand advocate through confidential search services and creative media engagements highlighting diversity.

jillJill Silman

Sr. Performance Consultant, Insperity


Jill Silman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,  is a senior performance consultant at Insperity Recruiting Services. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The University of Texas, a master’s degree in HR Management from Tarleton State University, SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications and, well, the number of years’ experience in the HR and recruiting industry is too big for her to admit. Suffice it to say, she started her career when big hair, popped collars and shoulder pads were the rage. And, she may or may not have worn a SWATCH watch to her first job. Throughout the years, though, Jill has remained passionate about connecting people and opportunities, changing lives. She often shares her insights, ideas and the stories she has collected in order to serve the talent industry.

samarSamar Birwadkar

Founder CEO at Good.Co


Samar Birwadker is Cofounder & CEO of Good.Co, a career platform that helps people discover their strengths and culturally-fit workplaces. Some have called Samar a serial connector-of-the-dots, and he’s never denied it. Samar firmly believes that there is no such thing as a bad workplace or a bad employee, just a bad fit. A strategist gone rogue, Samar previously worked with AKQA & Landor, helping connect the brand, business, and consumer dots for clients such as Microsoft, HP, Yahoo!, and YouTube. When he’s not busy scheming interstellar domination, Samar can be found riding his motorcycle in the hills of SF or writing in the third person about himself.

Join us while we discuss!

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  1. I think diversity is far beyond than what is being discussed

  2. Apart from Gender, apart from culture, apart from geographical diversity, apart from any of the others, I would have a valid point ! would want to voice out

  3. Am I looking @ the population which can be brought in to the working lot ! various professionals who can contribute a part of their time, not @ a full time…this has not been brought out at all.

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