ASU+GSV: Yael Gilboa Kaufmann on why most companies still don’t have diversity at the top

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres attending the ASU+GSV Virtual Summit as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign

Yael Gilboa Kaufmann, COO and co-founder of Learn In, a company that encourages and helps companies upskill existing employees rather than seek new hires from the outside.

WorkingNation interviewed Learn In’s Gilboa Kaufmann for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with ASU+GSV’s Virtual Summit 2020,held September 29 through October 1+October 8. You can watch all of the interviews on our YouTube channel.

She said that down the road, upskilling or reskilling won’t just be a one-time intervention, but rather, a unilateral reality, and one that is especially important given “the skills gap is not going away.”

And while some companies are currently making policy to address diversity and inclusion, doing so more aggressively is the key to an inclusive recovery, but also to breaking existing shortcomings at the top of organizations.

“A lot of the results that we don’t see at the top of the organization is a function of the fact that a lot of companies don’t necessarily know to invest in those underrepresented groups while they are employees, to invest in them with management training, with leadership training, with all the upskilling that the company needs to achieve both their business outcomes, but also their D and I objectives.”

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