116 : Diversity Recruiting (w/ Cedric Chambers)

Zach sits down with Cedric Chambers, the founder and CEO of JUMP Recruits, to discuss the definition of the term “diversity” and the concept of diversity of thought. Cedric also offers a few recommendations to CEOs and chief HR officers who want to see their organization become more diverse.

Check out JUMP Recruits and connect with Cedric on LinkedIn!

TRANSCRIPT

Zach: What’s up, y’all? It’s Zach with Living Corporate, and today is another day, another dope interview. Y’all know how we do, okay? So this is not–okay, like, we’re coming up on–shoot, actually, let me say this. By the time this episode drops, we might be past 100 episodes, you know what I’m saying? Might have already hit the century mark. In fact, let me go ahead and hit these air horns just–you know, just in case we hit it already by the time this one drops, you know what I’m saying? [air horns sfx] You know, for those who don’t know, Living Corporate amplifies the voices of black and brown folks at work. We interview executives, influencers, creatives, movers and shakers, the next folks up. You know, the real ones, you know what I’m saying? Come on. Like, all skin folk ain’t kinfolk, okay? That’s another podcast from the day. Those who know know what I’m saying. But we interview the real ones, okay? And today is no different with Cedric Chambers. Cedric is dedicated to enhancing the presence of diversity and inclusion in the workplace one client at a time. As the founder and CEO of Jump Recruits, Cedric partners with talented professionals and leading employers to diversify and improve the workforce culture within leading industries and growing sectors. Sound Man, you know what? We gotta drop some more air horns for Cedric. Come on, now. [air horns sfx] And I gotta add one of these Cardi B “ow”s, you know what I’m saying? [“ow” sfx] Just because. Cedric, welcome to the show, man. How are you doing?

Cedric: I’m doing wonderful, Zach. Man, you are amazing. That was the best intro I probably ever heard. [both laugh]

Zach: Man, I know I gave you a little intro, but for those who don’t know you, would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

Cedric: Yes. Well, look, to give kind of the full but be quick about it–so I’m originally from Georgia. Not Atlanta, Columbus, Georgia. And so–actually a little small town about two hours southwest of Atlanta. Grew up, played football, went to college, did my undergrad playing football, graduated from Savannah State with a business degree. I did a little work, you know, in the industry for about a year or so, went back and got my master’s at THE Ohio State University, majored in labor and human resources, but then immediately after I got my degree I went into corporate America, spending almost 10 years in HR in various areas in a few different industries, including aviation, medical device, life sciences, pharma. You know, I’ve had the–over that time I’ve had the pleasure of traveling all over the world, and I’ve had opportunities to live in a few different places across the Midwest and Northeast of the United States, and so, you know, what I do and the experiences I bring, right, I believe are one of the values that I hold. I have a wonderful family, a beautiful wife of five years and two incredible kids. And as you mentioned, I am the founder and CEO of Jump Recruits, and so just to give a brief, Jump Recruits is a full-service diversity and inclusion technology start-up, and it’s dedicated to and about inclusion, opportunity, and successful career outcomes for diverse professionals and employers seeking quality diverse talent. And I’ve been on this journey for almost three years, actually three years, and like Charles Dickens said, “It’s been the best of times, it’s been the worst of times,” but to be honest, through it all, I wouldn’t change anything.

Zach: First of all, man, you were talking about I gave one of the best intros. That was one of the best, you know what I’m saying, guest intros. It was just–it was, you know, comprehensive, right? You gave a little bit of the sensitive side with the family tip. You gave some of your vulnerable side on the journey with Jump Recruits, and then you gave a bit of, like, just the history of kind of where you’re from and what you did. As a side-note, shout-out to the Georgia boys. I was actually born in Rome, Georgia.

Cedric: There you go. Look there, you’re country too, man. [laughs]

Zach: Oh, listen, with a K. [both laugh]

Cedric: And that’s the one thing–look, we can talk about it as we get into it, right, but I’ve been in different environments and, you know, traveling across, and I have a deep Southern dialect, and when I go into different places people immediately, you know, hear that. And so we’ll probably get into that a little bit later, but, you know, it’s all good, right? Embrace where you come from and just be authentic.

Zach: Oh, no doubt, man. And, you know, it’s just interesting because for me–just because of my exposure. So I went to–I was in Georgia, and then I went to Dallas, and then I went to Minnesota. So, like, my accent kind of comes and goes, or the drawl of my Southern–like, my Southern drawl kind of will recede or kind of extend during–just depending on the situation, right? But at the same time it don’t matter about that part. I tell people all the time. I say, “Listen, don’t let this pocket square fool you, okay? I’m very country. Don’t play with me.” [both laugh]

Cedric: I’m with you.

Zach: Yeah, man. So look, we’re talking today about diversity. It’s a super common term, right? And honestly a lot of folks use the term “diversity and inclusion” in a broad swath of ways, right? So, like, for you though, what does diversity mean?

Cedric: Yes, great question. So, you know, I would say that, you know, when I think about diversity and the term, right, to me, what I pull from it is uniqueness in every way. You know, whether that be race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, perspective, et cetera. You know, when I think about diversity, I think about the setting and context in which it’s being applied and the term, because diversity can have different meanings in different places depending on where you’re applying it, right? And so, you know, I’ve lived around. And so living in Atlanta, diversity can be different than living in Wisconsin, where I’ve lived, can be different than living in Boston, where I’ve lived, can be different than living in Ohio, where I’ve lived, but that commonality that I think of is uniqueness and what are you bringing that’s unique, what are you bringing that is one yourself authentic as I said before, but I always think about that is when we want to use this word “diversity” and think about “Yes, things are different,” but in a different way, you know, how are you unique, and how are you bringing that uniqueness, you know, to everything that you’re doing?

Zach: You know, and it’s interesting, right? Because a lot of times when we talk about diversity I think, like you just said, it’s, like, uniqueness in every way. In every way, right? Checking a variety of boxes, right? Just what does it look to be non-standard or non-default? And so with that being said, I’m curious, do you have any particular thoughts around the concept of diversity of thought, and have you ever gotten that pushback in your work with Jump Recruits–they’ll be like, “Okay, I see you have all of these, you know–” “You know, ethnic diversity is the only diversity. [?]. Diversity of thought.” Like, what do you–[both laugh] When you hear that, like, what is your response?

Cedric: Oh, man. I’m not gonna make it through this interview. [both laugh]

Zach: Nah, I’ma keep it a bean with you. I’ma keep it a bean with you, right? Because when people say “diversity of thought” to me–I don’t know how long you’ve been rocking with the Living Corporate podcast, and I’m actually surprised we didn’t get canceled off of this joke, [Cedric laughs] but one time–and I’ma say it again so y’all have the opportunity to cancel me again. I said that white people made diversity of thought in the same lab they made crack. [both laugh] So you know–so now you know the Living Corporate official position, and yes–look, there’s nobody y’all can complain to. Y’all listening to the podcast, if y’all got a problem the emails are gonna come to me and Ade, okay? So be mad, all right? Anyway, back to this interview. So Cedric, what your thoughts on diversity of thought, man? [laughs]

Cedric: Look, and perspectives, right? You know, I hear a lot of things, and perspective, right, you’ve got to understand people’s perspective, right? And even what you said, like, you know, I can see the perspective, right, and that’s the one thing. You’ve got to come with an open mind and an open heart into situations, but, you know, thinking about diversity of thought–so, you know, unfortunately I have heard “diversity of thought” and have, you know, seen it used as a pushback, and when I hear it it’s typically used in the context of either/or, and what I mean is when I’m having these discussions, and, you know, we could be talking about, you know, diversity, we could be talking about ethnicity and these things, and they bring up diversity of thought. They’re saying that either I focus on having diversity of race, gender, sexuality, or I focus on having diversity of thought, which is not the way it should be looked at, right? And so it should be viewed as an and, meaning, like, yes, you should value diversity of thought, and then addition value diversity of background,” i.e. race, gender, sexuality, et cetera. But so many people take that position of, you know, “I can’t value both, and so I’ma go with the safest way out and say I value diversity of thought as a whole,” and depending on how long you let those people talk, right, you can get down into the rabbit holes of, you know, the common terms of “I don’t see color,” X, Y, and Z, right? So, you know, that’s a whole podcast by itself. [both laugh] But, you know, when I’ve encountered it as a pushback, you know, whether it be clients, prospects, or just in general casual conversations, I usually approach it from the perspective of “Hey, look, you’re right. Diversity of thought is important and critical to the success of the team, organization, and relationships,” but then I always follow up in that discussion with the question of “Well, then how do you acquire diversity of thought?” Because how a person thinks is heavily based on experiences and backgrounds, and if you aren’t pulling from different pools and different backgrounds which have different experiences, then how do you achieve this goal of diversity of thought you’re ultimately looking for? And I typically at this point get blank stares, [both laugh] which is great for me because now the real conversation can start, and we can start on even ground to say, “Okay, now let’s talk through it and work this out.”

Zach: Man, you know, that’s a great answer, and, you know, I’ll tell you what I typically say, right? So, for background, right, I’m in change management. Like, I’m a consultant, so, like, I’m having these conversations where people say “diversity of thought,” I’ll say something like, “Well, you’re absolutely right. Diversity of thought is important, and it directly intersects or it is correlated with diversity of race, gender, sexuality, so on and so forth.” Those things are not mutually exclusive, right? On the outside they’re giving me the blank stares that they give you, but on the inside I know they’re doing a [“and I oop” sfx], you know what I’m saying? [both laugh] They trying to figure out like, “Okay, what do I do?” You know what I’m saying? So I definitely get that. So let’s do this then. What are some of the biggest excuses you’ve heard organizations give as to why they don’t have black and brown folks in their organizations? I’m talking black and brown disabled people, black and brown LGBTQ people, black and brown immigrants, black and brown–like, just why? Why is that? What are some of the biggest excues you’ve heard?

Cedric: You know, I’d probably go with the biggest that I’ve heard, seen, and I think everybody kind of rallies around, but the biggest is that there’s an issue with the pipeline and that there isn’t enough qualified black and brown talent for those companies to pull from. Which is totally false, right?

Zach: Yeah, man.

Cedric: And it’s like–I’m not gonna go into why do we keep listening to that lie, [both laugh] so–

Zach: Well, I think–let me shoot you some bell, right? I think for me it’s challenging because it’s like–one, I don’t think people, like, really examine or really have examined how offensive and insulting that is, right?

Cedric: Yeah. Yeah.

Zach: Like, fam, come on, man. Like, we’ve been here. Like, so–

Cedric: It’s like you’re doing what you can do, you’re pushing out the best, and then someone says, “Well, I still don’t see you.”

Zach: Come on, man.

Cedric: And that’s where it’s coming from. Like, it’s like we got so many great, you know, whether it be engineers graduating, you’ve got so many great doctors, you’ve got so many great scientists, right? We’re doing so many things in the news, and it’s still, like, this message of “I still don’t see you.”

Zach: And we’re all over here like [what more do you want from me? sfx] [both laugh] You know what I’m saying? Like, God.

Cedric: Exactly, exactly. And look, I won’t be naive to think that there are as many people of color as there are non-people of color, so I won’t bet that, but for instance, like, we know that, for a fact, there are less black and brown engineers that graduate for college every year than their counterparts, and the National Society of Black Engineers have done a lot of great research in this area, and they actually have campaigns going on now to increase that number of black engineers graduating every year, black and brown. But what we also know is that from having these discussions daily with corporate leaders as I do, these same organizations are not going to the places and communities where black and brown people are, and they are not effectively attracting and hiring the great talent that’s already in the market today. And if I could provide an illustration for you real quick – look at it like this. If I want to go catch a fish, I can’t possibly do that by casting my line on land. I must cast in the water where the fish are, and that’s what is happening today. Many companies–not all, and I will say not all, but many are casting in the wrong places, and as I see this conversation over and over and I hear this excuse, the question that I often ask myself or that, you know, we must ask is “Are companies knowingly casting in the wrong places because they don’t want black and brown talent, or are they misinformed on where to cast?” And honestly I think it’s both.

Zach: That’s a–hold on, hold on. Wait a minute. [Flex bomb sfx] That’s a Flex bomb. Yeah, no, you’re right. I think it’s both. I don’t think it’s one or the other, and I think really when you talk about these topics, it’s often a case of both/and, right? It’s rarely ever one versus the other. Because I’ve had conversations, and I’m–look, I have a nuanced opinion on this, right? Like, when you talk about sourcing candidates–and so, like, you know, you’ll hear organizations say, “We’re gonna just recruit at all HBCUs.” Okay. Yes, you should definitely recruit at the HBCUs, but there’s also black and brown folks at the PWIs too, man. [both laugh] Like, all of the black people–like, man all of the black people are not just flocking to HBCUs. HBCUs are expensive. Like, I love me some HBCUs. Ayo, please, y’all, do not cancel me. We love y’all. PV, I see you. Okay? Prairie View, we see you, okay? Texas Southern, we see you.

Cedric: Savannah State. Let’s go. [laughs]

Zach: Savannah State, we see you. Morehouse. Listen, we love y’all, okay? I’m just saying I went to a PWI, and there were many black and brown folks in my space who did not know what they was doing when they graduated, right? So there’s talent there. They’re in the same rooms with Becky and Keith and whoever else. Like, it’s both, man, and I don’t know why, but when I hear, like, “pipeline strategies,” I hear–I hear–when we talk about minority talent, ethnic minority talent, it’s like we’re not even trying to think about how we plug into the PWIs. We just say, “Oh, we’re just gonna go with the HBCUs.” It’s like, “You can do both. You can plug into the HBCUs and then look for and look at the student programs,” ’cause every PWI has one, right? Every PWI has some program where the black and brown folks have huddled together to say, “Pick us.” [laughs] So, like, you just gotta plug in.

Cedric: You know, that’s right, and it’s–the word I’m going to say, for lack of better terms, is laziness. That’s what it is, and it’s the–you know, being in corporate, right, I’ve done HBCUs, I’ve done the PWI. There is a stark difference between the two as far as the resources and opportunities between the two, where I was in a career fair at, you know, HBCUs to where you’re talking 20 to 30 companies, a lot of ’em banks and local banks, a lot of ’em militaries–the military is trying to recruit, but then go to PWI, and, like, you’re talking about 200 of the Fortune 500 companies in here vying for spots, right? So the opportunity and resources–and then on top of that, when you engage with HBCUs and HSIs and the communities–and let’s say this quickly–it’s that it’s more than money. That’s what happened. It’s “Hey, let’s go give scholarships. Hey, let’s go out and let’s see, you know, what we can do from a recruiting effort.” It’s just transactional the entire time, and when you think about big schools, right, to where–whether it’s the PWIs, and you think about some of these big companies. One of the biggest differences–if you want to come to an HBCU or an HSI, I need you to look at this long-term, and I need you to look at this and say, “We’re talking about money, but not just money, we’re talking about resources,” i.e. training and development, and there are many institutions–predominantly white–where large companies are staples on their campuses, teaching them the skills and knowledge needed to be successful, not only today but in the future. I mean, these companies have offices in their career development office, right, and they’re talking about data analytics, A.I., machine learning. And these companies even have–some of their senior officers are subject matter experts at these campuses teaching the classes.

Zach: Man, they be in there. They be hitting up–they tapping every avenue of that relationship like [Cardi B “brat” sfx]. [both laugh] You know what I’m saying? They light that thing up.

Cedric: Exactly, exactly. And so when you think about all of those resources, then you turn around and say, “Well, look, let’s give a scholarship to somebody,” or “Let’s go out and let’s go to this career fair,” and then they don’t see you again for another 12 months. It’s how d you expect to build that pipeline? How do you expect to build that relationship, that brand and all of the little things that come along with it, if you’re not invested? Now, I’ma say this, that’s not all, but there’s definitely a lot that’s [?].

Zach: Man, you’re 100%. So look, I’m also gonna say something else. Cedric, I don’t know, man, what [it is] about this interview, but I just feel like I gotta keep it a buck today. We keep it a buck on Living Corporate generally speaking. Like, don’t get me wrong. We be dropping heat on here, okay? Hold on. Wait a second. Shout-out to my team, ’cause, like, we really be doing this, you know what I’m saying? [Kawhi “what it do baby” sfx] You know what I’m saying? We out here, okay? [both laugh] But this is my biggest thing. This is another personal pain point, right, is like we gotta make sure that when black and brown folks–like, when we go out to these HBCUs and, like, we’re doing this stuff, like, we have to also bring this thought leadership and take it to the folks who are in charge, right? So, like, we gotta be talking to the recruitment teams, ’cause a lot of times–I’ll say in consulting, right? I’m not gonna say the firm. I’ve been at a few. So I was at a firm, and, like, there was this common narrative that there was an HBCU that we did not hire for, like, the client-facing stuff. We only hired them for the technical stuff, and the reason was because they don’t really have the skill set, right? And, like, we would, like–I’m saying, like, the black folks, like, we would lean into that narrative, like, “Yeah, they don’t have the skill set. They’re just not really–” And it’s like, “Okay, first of all, what are you doing? Like, why would you–don’t parrot that out loud.” Like, let’s figure out ways we can help our people. And then two let’s, like, just ask the deeper why and think critically about “Well, why don’t we believe they have that skill set, and what can we do to help develop that skill set?” And all of the things that you’re talking about are 100% facts, but I think it takes a–it’s gonna take a joint effort, right? And I 100% agree with you. So let’s do this, ’cause I know we’re coming up on time. So multiple whitepapers state that before organizations can seek to diversify their organizations, they should seek to diversify leadership and build an inclusive culture. What’s your point of view on that, and what does it practically look like for you to help organizations be more inclusive at the leadership level before you start bringing in, like, the campus level undergrad, direct hire talent?

Cedric: Oh, man, great question. I think–let’s see if I can get both of these. So when it comes to diversity and inclusion, my perspective and point of view is that they have to have it at the same time, and I think that there are different levels at which they happen at. Like, you could float heavy to inclusion but then still do diversity and recruitment and things of that nature and vice versa, but it depends on the organization in which you’re in, the culture and what’s going on. And I start with inclusion first just to kind of go into it and say, “Let’s think this for a second and say, “How do you build an inclusive culture if you don’t have any representation, i.e. diversity, from the groups in which you’re aiming to affect?” And so–and without this representation, this means that there’s nobody from these groups that are able to input on the design of this diversity and inclusion strategy. And so when you talk about this inclusive culture, you have less than 1% of [?] in the organization, you know, less than 20%, you know, women in your organization, how are you gonna go and effectively–and on a leadership level it’s definitely not there–how are you gonna go in and actually do this if the representation is not there? And so when you think about diversity, you gotta “Okay, are we bringing leadership in at the same of building that inclusive culture and doing those things at the top and then pushing it down?” As it relates to leadership, look, I would agree, but it goes back to representation, right? How can you effectively have a diversity and inclusion strategy driven from the top down when the top has no representation from the diverse groups in which you’re designing for? And so I also say this. We surveyed candidates that had been hired and had received offers from companies. 87% of those candidates that we surveyed say that one of the first things they do when researching the company they’re interviewing with is go to the leadership page and see who on the page looks like them. And then–

Zach: Keep going, keep going. Preach.

Cedric: And of that, 60% of that group say that that was a major factor on whether they accepted the job or not. And if you’ll allow me to go just a step further, one of the things we do in our consulting area looks at, like, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and when you think about the top of that pyramid, and we get to self-actualization, the definition of self-actualization is “the realization of one’s full potential.” So let’s think about this. How can I realize my full potential within an organization when I go to the corporate leadership page and I see no one that looks like me? And then how can that help me see myself as rising my career aspirations when I can’t see myself on the website, I can’t see myself in leadership, you know? I didn’t see myself in the interview process with the people that I interviewed with. How can I actually see myself thriving in this organization? I can’t.

Zach: [straight up sfx, both laugh] No, you can’t. Cedric, man, it’s so funny. So what I’ve been doing–’cause I’m coming up on 30, right? Like, you know what I’m saying? Whatever.

Cedric: Big time.

Zach: Man, listen. It’s different, man. Things creaking now, you know what I’m saying? Knees be sore for no reason. It’s weird.

Cedric: I know. It starts raining and your knee hurts, right?

Zach: Right. It’s like, “What’s going on?”

Cedric: Yeah, it’s coming. It’s coming.

Zach: [both laugh] But you’re 100% right. Like, lately when I do–like, when I interview, right, when I have the opportunity and people reach out, whatever, I’ll always ask, like, “How imperative is your inclusion and diversity strategy at your organization?” They’ll say, “Oh, it’s very imperative. It’s super important. Blah blah blah blah,” and I’m like, “Okay, cool.” So then I go, you know what I’m saying, I go to the little executive page, right, and, you know, the board looks like–you know, the first, you know, seven, eight presidents like [haha sfx]. I’m like, “Come on, man. Y’all not seeing this, man? This is crazy. This looks like a bunch of dollar bills up here.” Like, this is crazy.

Cedric: [laughs] Exactly, but that’s representation, and so that’s diversity, you know, from a recruitment aspect, adding them to the mix, and then inclusion is working on the other hand, trying to make it work. And so you’re trying to do both, right? It’s almost like–you know, in some cases, right–I mean, I’m from the country, right? And so there’s certain cases and certain things where you need to mix and you need to pour stuff in at the same time to get that evenly distributed, and that’s the diversity, right, man? You pour the diversity in while you’re stirring the inclusion, and you’re doing it at the same time, with both hands, because you need for it to evenly get into the mix so that when you look at the cake mix and batter it’s something that you can go in and move forward with, right? It’s not clumped up. It’s not over here. It’s not–I’m not gonna say segregated or whatever the case may be, right? You know, things are mixed in together, but they still have their identity, man. So it’s–you know, it’s interesting.

Zach: Let me go ahead and saute on that metaphor, that analogy you got right there. So it’s interesting, because even when you make a cake–’cause honestly I thought you were gonna go with, like, a sweet tea analogy, but either way, with sweet tea or cake, right, you gotta make sure you add heat to that jaunt so that way it actually, like, actually comes together, because–and even though that heat might be uncomfortable or may seem uncomfortable, you’ve got to put on some gloves or whatever and you’ve got to put it in the oven. You’ve got to wait, but it’s gonna all congeal for the cake–or you gotta turn up the dial on the stove to make sure it gets hot enough so everything can come together, so it can actually merge into one thing that you can actually consume, that you can actually enjoy. It’s the same thing, man. In that mixing process, you’ve got to add some heat to that. That heat might be, you know, accountable conversations, you know? True planning around how we’re actually gonna make all this happen, how we’re gonna mobilize our inclusion strategy, what does it mean to, like, really build a culture of sponsorship for your organization, and then that creates that culture that you’re talking about.

Cedric: There you go, there you go. I’m with it. I’m with it. [laughs]

Zach: Now, look, let me respect your time. I got one more question for you.

Cedric: Go for it, man. I’m here.

Zach: What recommendations would give to the average white executive/power holder who wants their organization to be more diverse but isn’t getting the talent they’re looking for–they’re not seeing the talent, you know, at the executive level?

Cedric: Oh, man. That’s a loaded question. You said white executive/power holder. [both laugh] I’ll say this, and I’ll say this for all senior executives, not just white–and I’ma primarily speak to CEOs and chief HR officers on this one–look, if you’ve decided that diversity and inclusion is imperative to the success of your organization, then I think you need to take this approach. First, go out and hire you a chief diversity officer. That’s step one. Step two: for the first five to seven years on this journey, that chief diversity officer needs to report directly to the CEO. Not HR, not strategy, not social responsibility or impact. Have them reporting directly to the CEO. This not only will have a visual impact, but it will solidify that just like finance, just like strategy, just like engineering, just like HR, that diversity and inclusion is imperative to the business and it has a direct line to the highest of the high. And I believe it was Steve Jobs that said this, and he said it in the context of design. It’s that “If a part of your business is so important to the CEO, it must report to the CEO,” because then only can that organization place the same importance on it as the CEO does, and so you’re going out and you’re saying, “Hey, we believe in diversity,” but then the diversity officer is four layers down in the organization [train?] and doesn’t have any say-so, power, or ability to go make things happen. But now when that person reports directly to the CEO, and we’re talking top-down–they say, “Hey, this is the move, and this is where we’re going,” and that person is right there, direct communication can get things signed off, accomplished, done quick. That puts you in a better position to be able to accomplish that goal.

Zach: Man, I love that. And, you know, it’s interesting because I think that kind of transitions–that transitions that D&I space from being just, like, another thing that’s, like, in the compliance piece into something that becomes, like, a strategy imperative for the enterprise, right? A lot of times when we think about diversity we’re just thinking about ways to avoid, you know, this sound, right? [Law and Order sfx] You know, just trying to make sure you don’t get in trouble, you know what I’m saying? [both laugh]

Cedric: Oh, man. And also, look–so I was in HR, right? In every organization that I supported, you got the business leader, you got the HR person, you got the finance person, you got quality, you got engineers, but they’re in that organization. And so HR is in every organization. Finance is in every organization, right? And so diversity is in every organization. The same way you look at diversity of people, you should be looking at diversity of suppliers. The same way you’re looking at diversity of marketing, the way you’re looking at diversity and how you’re looking at your strategy, where you’re going–like, diversity is embedded in every one of those, and if it doesn’t have that same vertical as the strategy/HR/finance organization, then how can it have the horizontal piece to where it cuts across all to be able to have that impact and show up in the every day workings and doings of how people act and how they work and how they do their jobs?

Zach: No, 100%, man. You know what? You’ve been dropping bar-bar-bars, man. Like, just [Mario coin sfx x2]. You know what I’m saying?

Cedric: [laughs] I love it, man. I love it.

Zach: Man, I love it. Now, this has been a dope conversation. Before we go, do you have any shout-outs or parting words?

Cedric: Oh, man. Look, I would say one, you know, shout-out to Jump Recruits, right? You can go find more information at JumpRecruits.com. Look, you know, the team, shout-out to my family and my wife, and look, I would say shout-out to all of the leaders, the employees, the janitors, whoever it may be that’s out there actively pushing diversity, out there actively pushing inclusion, whether it be in your small circle and you’re influencing those around you or whether it’s at a large, large scale. Congrats, and I thank you, and I ask you to continue, to continue to push and continue to be–you don’t have to be an activist, but you do have to be active. And so, look, continue to do great things, and I just–I love it.

Zach: Wow, man. Yo, shout-out–man, round of applause, man, for Cedric, man. [applause sfx] My goodness gracious, man. This has been great, man. Thank you, and thank you for joining us on the Living Corporate podcast. Make sure you follow us on Instagram @LivingCorporate, Twitter @LivingCorp_Pod, and subscribe to our newsletter through living-corporate.com, please say the dash, you know what I’m saying? Look, we’ve got livingcorporate.co, livingcorporate.tv, livingcorporate.org, livingcorporate.net, livingcorporate. all of ’em except livingcorporate.com, Cedric, believe it or not, ’cause Australia’s still got livingcorporate.com, and I’m like, “Man.” So I don’t know what we gotta do–

Cedric: All of that. We’re coming to talk to you, Australia. We’re gonna have a conversation. 20/20. We need that. We need that.

Zach: We need that. We need that. Look, man, if you have a question you’d like for us to answer and read on the show, make sure you email us at livingcorporatepodcast@gmail.com. This has been Zach, and you’ve been listening to Cedric Chambers, CEO and founder of Jump Recruits. Peace.

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