There’s Never a Wrong Time to Start Doing the Right Thing | Steven Matley | TEDxUofW

Steven Matly describes the challenges facing workforce diversity and his crusade to disassemble them. He reflects on the difference between diversity and inclusion, and why these are key topics within the hiring process.

Overcoming adversity is nothing new to Steven Matly.
A high school dropout turned entrepreneur, he has twice created six-figure revenue generating companies with less than $5,000 startup capital. Raised by a single mother in the South Seattle housing projects, Steven entered the workforce at age fifteen and quickly recognized the limited resources, mentors, and role models available to families like his in the area.
In the years that followed Steven worked for both small companies and large corporations in a number of different roles. In 2014, Steven launched SM Diversity, a boutique hiring agency committed to helping businesses create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. By connecting them with community based organizations, subject matter experts, and experienced recruiters, his clients are able to leverage a broader network of diverse talent, ultimately resulting in an expanded marketplace. Steven has become one of the up and coming thought leaders in the area of diversity and inclusion employment practices. He was recently featured in the Seattle Times October 2016 issue around “Untapped Talent”
He has both conducted and served in ground breaking workshops and panels alongside organizations such as Boeing, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Bank Of America, Amazon, Zillow, Expedia, Comcast, IBM, and other Fortune companies. In his quest for continued education, Steven successfully completed his Cornell University’s online Strategic Human Resource Leadership program focusing on diversity & inclusion in the workplace.

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