ASU+GSV: Matt Sigelman on diversity is not a zero-sum game

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres attending the ASU+GSV Virtual Summit as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign

Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies says the key to addressing racial inequality, and generations of workers denied opportunity, isn’t just about being aggressive about recruiting new workers.

WorkingNation interviewed Sigelman for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with ASU+GSV’s Virtual Summit 2020, held September 29 through October 1+October 8. You can watch all of the interviews on our YouTube channel.

Rather than look outside the company, he urges companies to assess skills within and use them as “a vehicle for mobility.”

“Instead of thinking about diversity as a zero-sum game, you can think about how you grow the pie,” says Sigelman. “How do you upskill people from under-leveraged talent pools to fill jobs that have been traditionally hard to fill, that are well-paying, that are highly mobile?

He said inequality in the workplace is a tragedy but now presents an opportunity. What has your rear-view mirror has always told you? “That objects in the mirror are closer than they appear and a lot of times talent and opportunity are only a few skills apart.”

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