DETROIT — Diversity matters to Facebook.
That's why the Silicon Valley giant is forming partnerships to broaden access to tech skills, while ensuring its recruiters are presenting hiring managers with diverse candidate pools, says Stephanie Latham, Facebook's director of U.S. automotive.
For instance, Facebook this year partnered with Grand Circus, a computer coding training company with locations in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich., to bring digital marketing classes to those cities. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Crain's Detroit Business in June when the initiative was announced that the company wanted Grand Circus to train minorities and women in social and digital marketing.
"We look at diversity as a two-prong approach: getting and attracting the right talent, and the other is retaining them," Latham said last week during the Automotive News Leading Women Conference. "Right now, there are a finite amount of women that go into STEM careers that take those classes in high school and middle school and graduate with engineering degrees."
She added: "When we look to the long term, we're looking to where we can invest in the school system. Even things we've recently done here in Detroit with Grand Circus. [We're] looking for ways to give people opportunities to get the skill sets to succeed in tech careers."
Latham said Facebook ensures candidates from diverse backgrounds aren't overlooked during the hiring process.
"We have a requirement where any open role, our recruiting team is required to give the hiring manager candidates from all different backgrounds," she said, "particularly, areas where we're underindexed."