Retaining Your Diverse Talent Through the Proven Power of Intentional Mentorship

Inclusion 2019: Shifting Workplace Culture
Learn new and innovative solutions to support diversity retention and development initiatives while increasing productivity.

The annual spend on diversity retention in the United States is $16 billion, but companies are still finding it difficult to keep their diverse talent from leaving for competitors. That's because the old approaches don't account for the Millennial workforce and the future of work. With 37% of diverse professionals leaving their employers per year, companies understand that retaining their next-generation leaders is essential to staying competitive in the market and developing strong future leaders. In this session, we will cover how intentional mentorship is the missing tool in your diversity retention strategy by reviewing software, products, and engagement metrics you can take back to your company today to begin seeing results within a six-month period.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the "diversity retention lifecycle": illustrating the tools and resources available for companies at every stage of their diversity retention strategy development.
  • Learn why diversity retention matters beyond your careers page—and explore examples of organizations that have exceeded diversity retention goals and how you can replicate these results within your company.
  • Discuss how mentorship of diverse talent has to be intentional and specific to the climate of the workforce. Details will be shared about the difference between mentoring all talent and mentoring diverse talent, and why being intentional with the delivery matters.
  • Gain mentorship options for every budget.
  • Learn how to go beyond talking about retaining diverse talent to implementing processes that help move the needle forward.
  • Learn how to set realistic expectations with leadership.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Janice Omadeke


Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise platform helping companies keep and develop their diverse talent using the proven power of mentorship. Her company won Capital Factory's $100K Women in Tech Challenge, is a MassChallenge Texas Gold winner, and has been featured in respected publications including The Washington Business Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine. Black Enterprise magazine recognizes Janice as one of DC’s top 5 black women in tech, and she was a subject matter expert at the 2016 White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow. Janice is certified in Entrepreneurship from MIT, built a mentorship program scratch as a Manager at PwC, and is PMP certified with over 10 years of corporate leadership experience for Fortune 500 companies.

Salon ABC (Third Floor)
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Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
HR Expertise
Leadership & Navigation
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All Levels
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