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Ask The Recruiter: #MeToo heightens focus on diversity in executive hiring

With job market tight, candidates feel more free to cast critical eye at organizational culture revealed by search committee members

Jan. 18, 2019

Question: How has the #MeToo movement affected searches?

Tuft, Harrington
Harrington, left, and Christie

Shira Harrington
Founder and President
Purposeful Hire

While I haven’t seen an overt impact from #MeToo on my searches, I have noticed heightened sensitivity around the need for more diversity in hiring and overall inclusion in corporate cultures. Too few associations have an appropriate gender balance or sufficient diversity in their executive teams.

As a diversity trainer, I have heard CEOs say they are feeling pressure from staff, boards and members to diversify their leadership while facing systemic issues that may prevent them from achieving such goals.