Why Remote Work Creates Opportunity for a More Diverse Workforce - Ascent Conference
Human Capital

Why Remote Work Creates Opportunity for a More Diverse Workforce

Feb 23rd, 2022 @12:00 pm
This panel will dive into studies and trends that we are seeing in the ‘new normal’ with remote-first work, specifically in how beneficial it has been in allowing opportunities for employers to expand their talent search to virtually (and literally) any geography on earth. This has drastically opened up the opportunity to find and hire employees from a variety of diverse demographics.


Ericka Riggs

Looking at the varied and vibrant career of Ericka Riggs, diversity executive, Board member, thought leader, pocstock's Top 50 Black Leader of 2022, and 2020 Nancy Hill Award winner, a pattern quickly emerges. This creative, strategic Chief DE&I Officer of Omnicom Specialty Marketing Group has been about not just advancement, but also enhancement. Working in video promotions at Uptown Records and legendary MOTOWN, Ericka strengthened the people skills she developed as the daughter of a corporate executive whose career moved the family from Texas and Missouri to Maryland, New York and the D.C. area. Parlaying creative experience, exposure to myriad communities and cultures and natural empathy, Ericka segued to multicultural ad agency UniWorld Group, (UWG), rising from Creative Coordinator to producer before leaving to augment her portfolio with a marketing degree from George Mason University and a position in development at Northern Virginia University. In 2016, Ericka Riggs made an impressive return to New York as Foundation and Inclusion Director of The Advertising Club of New York. Under her guidance, the game-changing I’mPART Women’s Fellowship elevated the careers of BIPOC women managers into leadership roles. Her engagement initiatives, “Icons, Rockstars & Innovators,” “Women NOW: Master Class,” and “Culture Club” have been integral in helping to create a more inclusive advertising, marketing and media community. Ericka proudly serves as a Board member & Mentor, OmniWomen NY; 100 Roses from Concrete; 4A’s DEI Steering Committee; #WeAllRise; Circle of Change; 2020 MOBE Symposium Advisory Committee. Ericka has become a regular guest of industry podcasts, contributor to trade publications and panelist at notable events, (ie. AD Monster, The Female Quotient, Digiday, Mixed Company, ADWEEKNY, SXSW). Riggs attended Howard University and is a graduate of George Mason University’s School of Management.

Gillian French

People Expert-in-Residence Workvivo
Gillian French is a veteran Chief People Officer and an expert at scaling teams and building strong company culture. She is currently employee communications platform Workvivo’s people expert-in-residence. Prior to this, Gillian served as Chief People Officer at Cubic Telecom, where she oversaw all aspects of people development, culture, employee engagement, policies and practices. Gillian was previously Chief People Officer at CarTrawler, where she was an integral member of the leadership team for 12 years and scaled the business from 25 to 600 people. Before turning her skills to the technology sector, Gillian spent eight years at a leading Irish hotel group – Jurys Doyle Hotel Group – where she held several senior leadership roles across a range of departments and properties. Workvivo is the employee communication platform designed to foster natural, meaningful connection in teams, allowing companies to reach and engage their employees in ways that traditional tools simply can’t.

Why Remote Work Creates Opportunity for a More Diverse Workforce

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