Talent Mapping to Increase Diversity 

Case Studies | December, 2013

By Dwain Celistan


Most organizations have challenging positions to fill.  The issue is to find talent that is technically competent and culturally in sync with the new organization.  In addition to these typical requirements, many organizations are also aware of the benefits of adding more diverse leaders to their staffs.

A multinational diversified technology firm felt their finance department had insufficient diversity.  They were most concerned with ethnic diversity of African American and Hispanic leaders at headquarters.  The location of their HQ is low on diversity for these groups.

Additionally, the client has a strong culture.  Thus, they wanted to bring in talent at a level where they could contribute quickly, but also be groomed for larger leadership roles. 


DHR International was selected to identify talented diverse candidates who came from strong academic institutions and who were currently employed by large organizations (Fortune 200 or large private organizations).  These persons would be identified and a written submission provided to the client.  Upon review, the client would determine the next steps in the process:  1) phone screen in general; or 2) on site interview for a specific opening or openings.

We sourced talent as requested and provided more candidates than they could “manage” within their talent acquisition process.  This initiative required that the client make some internal adjustments on the process, and, within a few months, they were able to evaluate and advance candidates internally. 


After a modest start, we have placed over seven (7) candidates with the client as desired.  These persons have been placed in several divisions.  The client is enthused about the pipeline and quality of the candidates. 

Additionally, we have created a meaningful pool of passive candidates that are open to the opportunity to work with this employer of choice at their HQ location.  Thus, we have partnered to create a win win.


Should your organization have a need to add more diverse leaders, perhaps a talent mapping project is the appropriate tool.  It can be used to identify talent by function, level, and geography, within or across industries.