Professional Diversity Network and LinkedIn Team Up to Help Companies Tap Into Diverse Professionals and Comply with New Diversity Regulations

Feb 05, 2013, 09:15 ET from Professional Diversity Network

CHICAGO, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Professional Diversity Network (PDN), a Chicago-based diversity recruitment firm, and LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network on the Internet with more than 200 million members, have teamed up to help companies recruit diverse professionals. PDN manages a suite of professional networking websites that target diverse professional groups, including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, women, LGBT, veterans, and people with disabilities.

"Last month, we surpassed a major milestone: 200 million members. With members joining LinkedIn at a rate of approximately two per second, we offer recruiters a larger and more diverse talent pool than ever before," said Wade Burgess, head of North American sales for LinkedIn Talent Solutions. "By teaming up with PDN, we are expanding our diversity offering to help our more than 13,000 customers reach professionals in even more places on the web."

PDN Chief Executive Officer Jim Kirsch said that a shared belief in the power of professional networks brought the two entities together. "American companies now recognize that in order to be competitive, their employees must reflect an increasingly diverse population and customer base. As recruiters and professionals continue to migrate to professional networks to find diverse candidates and network, advance their careers and build their professional brands, PDN understands that traditional job boards are no longer an adequate means of building the workforce of the future."

Kirsch added that beyond dramatic changes in the demographics of the global marketplace, the need for a more diverse workforce is now more immediate due to more stringent government diversity compliance standards. PDN's established marketplace for diverse professionals and groups will help LinkedIn's customers improve compliance with government regulatory bodies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Under the arrangement, LinkedIn's customers will be able to post jobs on the PDN network of eight websites serving approximately two million diverse professionals:

  •, serving Hispanic professionals
  •, serving African American professionals
  •, serving veterans
  •, serving people with disabilities
  •, serving the LGBT community
  •, serving Asian Americans
  •, serving professional women
  •, serving diverse professionals

PDN, founded in 2000, also has partnerships with more than 50 civil rights and professional organizations, including the National Council of La Raza, the NAACP, Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans, and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.

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