Delivering a Vibrant Tech Ecosystem through a Diverse Workforce
The Council’s commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion
Diversity, equity and inclusion is more than just joining a trending conversation about equal access. It is about listening, being action-oriented and addressing the deep divides and biases that workplaces simply cannot ignore.
At the Arizona Technology Council, we are dedicated to creating a sense of belonging for all our employees and member organizations. We strive to create a physical environment, culture and dialogue of engagement where our community members feel included and valued.
We know those who are recognized and appreciated for their uniqueness feel more motivated, are more productive and contribute significantly to critical community-building initiatives.
We also are committed to building and nurturing a culture where inclusiveness is not an initiative but an undeniable instinct. Here, we instill a deep sense of pride, passion and belonging that transcends any job description, company department, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, disability, language or country of origin. We are unified in our commitment to make Arizona a more innovative, business-friendly and mighty economic powerhouse that sets a precedent regionally, nationally and globally.
We know through experience that the Council is made stronger by a diversity of identities, ideas, perspectives and backgrounds. By prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion, the Council has created a more robust and creative work environment that delivers superior results. This work is a journey, not a destination. But we remain committed to asking questions, actively listening, engaging in difficult conversations and advocating for our diverse community members.
In addition, we respectfully acknowledge that Council offices are located on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes. We acknowledge these nations’ sovereignty and strive to build long-term sustainable relationships with Indigenous communities through ongoing education, partnerships and community service.
InclusionAZ is enhancing the vibrancy of Arizona’s technology ecosystem by imploring tech employers to provide fair hiring opportunities that attract diverse talent from across Arizona and beyond.
This initiative supports tech employers in adopting inclusive hiring practices using the FairHire Blind Hiring Platform that leverages scientific hiring protocols developed by the University of Bocconi Research Center in Milan, Italy. Each job post that follows this protocol will receive a FairHire ® Certification. This helps tech employers hire qualified and diverse tech talent, without bias, ensuring that Arizona’s tech ecosystem is shaped by the full breadth of residents that call Arizona home.
How can I get involved?
Visit https://inclusionaz.fairhire.org/ and a representative from FairHire will contact you and explain the onboarding process.
What is the minimum duration of the program?
Who is eligible to participate?
The program is open to all Arizona Technology Council member organizations of any size. If you are not yet a member, visit https://www.aztechcouncil.org/membership/ or email the Council at [email protected].
What happens after the program ends?
The scientific support will end after the 12-month period. However, members may choose to continue using the technology for an additional two years under the same subscription plan.
What is Blind Hiring?
Blind hiring is a behavioral science tactic used to tackle unconscious bias in the initial stages of the recruitment process. It helps the screening to be bias-free to ensure during the interview stage, you have the best candidates chosen based on skill and talent.
A blind resume conceals the personal identity of the candidate. Its usage in the recruitment process reduces the prevalence of unconscious bias. A typical blind Resume redacts name, gender, ethnicity, educational institution, and any contents that can reveal the candidate identity.
At what stage is the candidate’s identity revealed?
Unconscious bias has been a barrier for organizations to create a diverse workforce. It prevails mostly in the early-stage resume sifting and the anonymity seal is broken when the screening is finished.
Will the framework also provide candidates?
The FairHire framework is to help employers create an inclusive recruitment process. When the problem is tackled in the process layer, the solution is sustainable and stays agnostic to the people involved. The framework does not provide candidates.
How much does the program cost?
Arizona Technology Council members are provided with an enterprise version of the FairHire technology, in addition to a unique set of periodical, evidence-backed scientific interventions, at an exclusive price. Please find the pricing model at https://hubs.ly/H0-gJX-0.
Is support from behavioral science experts included in the pricing?
Yes, the pricing listed is inclusive of everything including ongoing support.
How can I book a demo?
Please visit https://meetings.fairhire.org/meetings/eva96 to book a demo with Eva Matthews, Marketing Manager at FairHire.
How can I find additional information?
Please visit https://inclusionaz.fairhire.org/, email [email protected] or call (650) 855-4795 for more information.