A Focus On Diversity and Inclusion

One of our key strategic cornerstones is to ensure that Protiviti is a place with the best people and culture. An important part of making that cornerstone a reality is a focus on Diversity and Inclusion. This focus is evident throughout our entire firm in both our formal processes and the natural ways in which we operate. In the spirit of this, many offices across the US put together different D&I events for our interns. Take a look at these photos to see how our teams celebrated and learned more about one another over the course of the summer.

In Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando and Houston, our offices got together for a potluck meal. Team members brought a dish that represented their background to share with the group.

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Our St. Louis office visited the Missouri History Museum to learn about the Civil Rights Movement.

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New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Sydney hosted panel discussions with lively conversation.

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In San Francisco and Seattle, a cooking class helped showcase different types of food from around the globe.

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Tampa and Boston hosted lunch and learns while our Dallas office got together for a special dinner.

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In Phoenix and Houston, our ladies got together for iGROWW events. They invited a guest speaker to come in and discuss the power of first impressions along with a fashion show.

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Washington DC and Charlotte had creative iGROWW events that involved a little artistic creativity.

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ProPRIDE Spotlight: Peter Richardson

Last week our Executive Lead of proPRIDE shared his perspective on Pride Month and the importance of an inclusive workforce. As he mentioned, we will be spotlighting various members of the proPRIDE group throughout the summer and their unique perspectives. Kicking us off is UK Managing Director, Peter Richardson!

  • What is your background and path to Protiviti? I am a Manchester lad from a working class family.  My grandfather was a lathe operator and my dad was a bookkeeper in a small local business.  I studied Modern Languages at University and my first job was in ‘Overseas Marketing’ for a reinsurance company. After 5 years there and at the tender age of 27, I moved into consulting. I ran teams that operated in insurance in the Financial Services sector at PwC, EDS, and Atos.  I came to Protiviti with a small team from Atos because we were all certain that our industry expertise combined with regulatory and risk management capability is essential in Financial Service.  We were all also attracted by Protiviti’s inclusive, collaborative and diverse culture. Being change management professionals, we all understood what important components of the dynamics for a successful team they are.
  • What inspired you to support diversity and LGBTQIA+ initiatives? Common sense!  As the United Kingdom country market leader, I always ask our people to take along a colleague that is different from you to a meeting. What I mean is, bring someone who has a different technical background, another role or level in the company, a different angle on the question or way of engaging; someone who will hear and see things differently and get another perspective on the situation; someone with whom the client may develop a different type of rapport.  That is the power of diversity and we have a huge opportunity to play to those strengths in Protiviti. It just makes sense!  And by the way, from a personal perspective, I feel exactly the same way!  Being a linguist, and traveler, I have always been in touch with multiple cultures, languages and styles and I feel that I have benefited hugely from this.
  • What advice would you give to individuals at Protiviti who may not feel that same confidence in their professional lives? I would say first, our culture at Protiviti is truly inclusive, collaborative and diverse.  “Door Open” means exactly that, so do feel free to walk through and chat.  I would give the same advice that my baby sister gives me whenever I go to her with a problem (which by the way I still do!):  Baby steps! Look around you and see the environment around you, choose the direction you want to go and take the first small step, and eventually the second one will follow.
  • What is your favorite fast food restaurant? The one I frequent most is probably Pure, and when we were in Trafalgar Square, it was Crussh (do they count?) – Common factor connecting the two is proximity to the office!

 

Pictured above is Peter with his first granddaughter, Anna.

 

Celebrating Pride Month

In honor of Pride Month, which is the month of June, Protiviti offices will host events to show our support for the LGBTQ community. Kicking us off, is our Salt Lake City office!

This past Friday, our Salt Lake City office kicked off Pride Month by hosting a Pride Party! The party was very timely as May 31st to June 4th is Utah Pride weekend, which includes a festival and parade in the streets of downtown Salt Lake. The local Protiviti Diversity and Inclusion committee planned this event to recognize the exciting statewide occasion and bring LGBTQ awareness to our office community.

At the Pride Party, a history board was created and displayed to show the office how far the LGBTQ civil rights fight has come and what work is still left to accomplish.

Did you know, each color on the rainbow flag has a specific meaning? Red: life, orange: healing, yellow: sunlight, green: nature, blue: peace/harmony, and purple: spirit.

The Salt Lake Pride Party is the first of many events planned at Protiviti this month and throughout the rest of 2017. Over the course of the next few months, we will be highlighting some of these different events and introducing you to some of our #PROpride teammates. These spotlights align with our strategic cornerstone of having a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Last month, Dallas Senior Consultant Jonathan Tellez had the opportunity to represent Protiviti at the inaugural Corporate Equality Index Awards. This awards ceremony was meant to honor the firms that received a perfect score of 100% on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Efforts put forth by Protiviti in 2016 contributed to our parent company, Robert Half International, receiving a perfect score.

Pictured above Jonathan Tellez, Protiviti Senior Consultant; Ranelle Dunnam, RHI Diversity & Inclusion Senior Manager; and Trey Easter, Protiviti Senior Consultant at the 2017 CEI Awards Ceremony

Jonathan has this to say about the event, “I am honored and humbled to be part of a company that not only strives for equality, but represents part of the companies leading the nationwide movement for LGBTQ equality.” He continued, “Receiving a 100% on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign is evidence of Protiviti and Robert Half leadership’s hard work and dedication to LGBTQ equality”.

The various events planned this year continuously supports our goal of getting another perfect CEI score. We hope you enjoy the updates to follow and learn from our future Pride blogs to come and remember, love has no labels!

— Alex McBride
Campus Recruiting Coordinator