With authors and co-founders of NFormation Deepa Purushothaman and Rha Goddess

What is Recruiting, Retaining and Advancing People of Color?

A diverse workforce is a stronger workforce. A team with different backgrounds will provide wider solutions and broader perspectives. Yet many leaders and companies are struggling with attracting, retaining and advancing people of color within their companies and organizations. Programs to enhance diversity are being implemented and the statistics are improving yet there is often still a gap between an employer’s aims in widening access and the support actually provided on the ground.

In this class, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities around employment, inclusivity and people of color. Specifically, we will talk about what companies can do to recruit, retain and advance people of color in this pivotal moment. We will talk about what employees are not telling their employers about race at work and discuss what can be done to better hear, listen and support racially diverse talent.

In this class you will:

  • Understand the benefits of being an ally for people of color at work
  • Identify the current barriers to inclusivity for your company or team
  • Gain insight into how you can best support and nurture your current diverse workforce
  • Unlock the best methods for attracting new diverse talent and expanding your team
  • Learn how to approach difficult conversations around race and diversity with ease


Deepa Purushothaman was a Senior Partner at Deloitte and has spent years focusing on leadership and inclusion strategies to help people of color navigate corporate structures. Rha Goddess left corporate America and the chemical industry two decades ago to focus on helping leaders find their passion, purpose and calling. She has helped hundreds of high impact leaders realize they can work in ways that honor their values and uplift new definitions of power, profitability and success. Together, Deepa and Rha co-founded nFormation, a membership community for professional women of color.

Before you go

  • This class will be hosted on Zoom and include breakout rooms where you will be interacting with other participants.
  • Your individual link will be emailed to you after you register. 
  • Missed a bit? Don’t worry – an unedited recording of the class will be made available for 48 hours so you can rewatch in your own time.
  • Due to limited seating in each class, all ticket purchases are final.

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