Updated: May 16
Last week, we witnessed a monumental step forward in the journey toward fair employment opportunities. The Fair Chance Business Convening, led by LeadersUp and generously hosted by employer champion Clark Construction, was an inspiring event that brought together industry leaders and passionate individuals committed to leveling the playing field for all job-seekers.
The day was filled with enlightening activities to foster learning and spark meaningful dialogue. Guests engaged in a dynamic learning lab, a forum for sharing best practices, innovative strategies, and experiences promoting fair chances in the workplace. We dove deep into the complexities of the current employment landscape, understanding the barriers and the potential solutions to create an inclusive work environment.
"We dove deep into the complexities of the current employment landscape, understanding the barriers and the potential solutions to create an inclusive work environment."
The event's highlight was a riveting panel discussion involving thought leaders from various sectors. The exchange of ideas and experiences shed light on how businesses can better support systems-impacted individuals and cultivate a diverse and inclusive workforce. The discussion underscored the need for employers to take concrete steps toward promoting fairness and inclusivity in their hiring practices.
One of the most powerful moments of the event came when a systems-impacted individual, referred by Root and Rebound, shared their testimony. Their story, filled with hurdles, resilience, and triumph, served as a stark reminder of the potential within every individual, irrespective of their past. It was a poignant testament to the transformative power of second chances and the positive impact of fair employment opportunities.
"Their story, filled with hurdles, resilience, and triumph, served as a stark reminder of the potential within every individual, irrespective of their past."
Short testimonial clip from Cory Pepper, Plumber Apprentice III | Pan Pacific Mechanical
As part of the event, guests also had the opportunity to explore the Fair Chance Commitment Form. This form is a significant component of our mission to foster fair employment. It enables businesses to pledge their commitment to hiring practices that consider all applicants equally, regardless of their background. We are excited to see more businesses come forward to sign this form and join us in our endeavor to champion fair chance employment.
As we move forward, we invite you to join us in our upcoming events to create a more inclusive and equitable work landscape. We're hosting Fair Chance Office Hours to support and guide businesses interested in adopting fair chance hiring practices. This is an excellent opportunity for organizations to understand how they can contribute to this significant cause. You can also share best practices by completing our insights survey here.
Moreover, we're thrilled to announce the Sports, Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation convening on May 25th. This unique event will bring together leaders from these dynamic industries to explore how they can play a role in promoting fair chance employment opportunities. We invite you to join us as we break barriers and create a more inclusive work environment.
Moreover, we're thrilled to announce the Sports, Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation convening on May 25th.
The Fair Chance Business Convening was a stepping stone toward a more equitable future. As we reflect on the event's success, we are fueled by the power of collective action and are more committed than ever to our mission. We look forward to continuing this journey alongside our incredible partners and champions for fair chance employment.
Stakeholder Engagement Consultant