Content Program Manager at Microsoft, Content Strategist, Writer, Speaker
Stephanie Morillo has been working as a writer for most of her career. Morillo has risen through the ranks to break the stereotypes in the technology world. She, with Christina Morillo, decided to co-found the community Women Of Color in Tech Chat. The site was first used as a Twitter chat for women and non-binary people in the technology to talk about major problems in the industry. Since then, the chat has expanded into a site and a grassroots initiative to unite people of color and produce opportunities in the technology industry.In Her Featured Interview Stephanie Reveals:
- The Hows and Whys of Hiring Diverse Talent
- How hiring diverse talent benefits your team
- Best Practices For Inclusive Collaboration
- Insights about empowering multicultural talent
- Biggest mistakes companies make when hiring diverse talent
You are touching that person’s life and everyone around them, by hiring diverse talent
Hiring diverse talent is a definite win for your company. The evidence behind that is mounting. But have you ever thought of the impact hiring diverse talent could have beyond your company? Stephanie Morillo, a Microsoft Program manager, speaker, writer, and content strategist, believes you should start. She stops by to share all of the wonderful benefits that come with hiring diverse talent, and how you should start to think of that great impact beyond your company. Let’s see what she has to say.
Have you been thinking about recruiting more diverse talent? If the answer is no you may want to stop and reevaluate. Go on, we’ll wait.
Diverse talent is not only beneficial to your business, but it could also set off a positive chain reaction for the diverse talent you employ.
Stephanie Morillo has seen this first hand. Morillo is a woman of color in the tech and writing world. In 2015 she co-founded #WOCinTechChat (Women of Color) an online resource where women of color in the STEM community could go and share their stories, and talk about their passions.
#WOCinTechChat also created stock images showing powerful women of color in technological roles and careers. Most stock photos of the tech world are notoriously skewed to portray mostly white males. Morillo and her former business partner, Christina Morillo wanted to change that. And they did.
Morillo is no longer running WOC in Tech Chat. Currently, she’s a Content Program Manager at Microsoft, a writer, and a speaker. She strives to make tech careers more accessible to underrepresented populations. She lets us in on why that is so important, and how you can help to have a part in seeing that it is accomplished.
Stephanie Morillo has always been an advocate for seeing more color in the STEM community. As a Content Program Manager at Microsoft, she is a successful woman of color in tech. But she wants to make success more attainable for other women of color and underrepresented populations to make their way into high paying, successful tech jobs.
So, just what are the advantages of hiring diverse talent in the tech world, or really in any industry?
For Morillo, it’s pretty obvious. Diverse talent can have access to different markets which can, in turn, give your business an inside into how to reach markets you may not have thought of or previously been able to tap into.
Morillo acknowledges the power of market penetration, and diverse talent can help you achieve that.
People of color are then able to network and bring in people from their community into these companies, that these companies didn’t have access too.
– Stephanie Morillo
However, there is one more important reason that companies, like yourself, should consider bringing in diverse talent. It is a reason Morillo is passionate about and claims that most companies tend to overlook.
When you hire the diverse talent you are not only empowering the individual you are hiring, you are also empowering their core community.
When you place diverse talent into a high paying tech job, which they have been trained for, you are ensuring financial and economic stability that they may not have previously had. They can take their income, and see that their families are taken care of.
Aside from the basic financial benefits, employing diverse talent allows other underrepresented individuals to see themselves in successful and high paying roles. When you hire a diverse individual, their children, siblings, parents, nieces, and nephews become empowered. They now have an in into a world they may have never imagined before.
This is a powerful thing. It’s not just job placement, you and your company are involved in a form of community change and community engagement.
Seeking out diverse talent is not always the easiest thing. If you have limited diverse talent, or are not sure where to go, you are not alone. Many companies struggle with trying to implement hiring initiatives that attract diverse talent. Many don’t even know that they can. They simply post the job up and hope for the best. It’s time to ditch that tactic and get to the community engagement.
Don’t be afraid to go out and seek help. There are many resources that can help you to implement diversity and inclusion in your company. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when seeking new talent. Get educated and involved. You can look back at old #WOCinTechChat blogs and conversations and learn about what these amazing women are doing in the industry and what their struggles are or have been.
Empowering underrepresented communities is possible, and it can start with you. Reach out to diverse talent. By hiring the diverse talent you can ensure a mutually beneficial relationship that can extend beyond yourselves and your company.