DE&I strategies that work – Episode 3: X, the moonshot factory

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Innovative business leaders recognize that in order to stay competitive, they must diversify their organizations and make them more inclusive.

Our limited podcast series features Greenhouse CEO Daniel Chait, along with fellow industry innovators, as they discuss how building a strong DE&I foundation enables companies to reach the next level of business success. Hear from cutting-edge DE&I thought leaders at Knac, BlackRock, Checkr, X (the moonshot factory), Okta, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and HubSpot as they share diversity hiring metrics to improve recruiting and onboarding, as well as forward-thinking processes to action immediately within your own organization.

In this episode, Daniel invites Rachel Williams, Head of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity at X, the moonshot factory (formerly known as Google X), to share the company’s impactful DE&I strategies.

Rachel is an experienced recruiting and HR strategist with a demonstrated history of working in the Silicon Valley tech scene. Rachel explains that diversity is about representation, equity is about access and inclusion is about belonging – which is why it’s crucial to support and champion all three within every company.

Stay tuned to the end of the episode for practical tips on improving diversity hiring practices with Ariel Lopez, Founder and CEO of Knac.



In this episode, you'll learn:

  • The ways Rachel encourages leaders to build emotional intelligence (EQ) skills, cultural agility and cultural awareness
  • How companies should effectively gather qualitative data about the experience of current employees when designing for hiring diversity
  • Why Rachel believes it’s essential for leaders at all levels to stay curious and investigate what’s going on in the world outside of their own immediate circles

Recruiters have a responsibility to ask hiring managers, ‘What perspective is possibly missing? Not just the skillset, but what viewpoint?”

Rachel Williams

Head of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

Rachel Williams

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