The Fall 2017 People Of Color Career Fair To Connect Thousands Of Candidates With Minnesota’s Top Employers

People Of Color Career Fair – October 10, 2017

“The People Of Color Career Fair is unlike any other job fair,” said Sharon Smith-Akinsanya. “We are calling upon top CEOs to ‘lead out loud’ and demonstrate their personal commitment to diversity and inclusion. It is a bold and necessary solution to an urgent problem. And, it works.”

The People Of Color Career Fair returns for its third semi-annual event connecting Minnesota’s top employers with candidates of color, Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Since launching in October 2016, the People Of Color Career Fair has become the Twin Cities’ largest career fair, attracting thousands of professionals of color while providing an excellent resource for corporate, private and government employers seeking to ramp up diversity recruitment efforts.

Though Minnesota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the rate among African American and Hispanic populations remains disproportionately high at a 14.9% rate compared to 2.9% for whites. For those with college degrees, the disparity is still triple at 9% for people of color and only 3% for whites.

Presented by Midco, State of Minnesota and Thrivent Financial, the People Of Color Career Fair not only brings top employers together with talented candidates to help reduce disparity among people of color in the state, while also working to combat the increasingly urgent worker shortfall created by a surge of retiring baby boomers.

“We are honored to be a presenting sponsor,” Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent, said. “There’s overwhelming evidence showing that a more diverse workforce increases competitiveness. Getting this right is particularly important for Thrivent as we serve the broader community. […] Thrivent is all in!”

Midco president and CEO, Pat McAdaragh, agreed. “Increasing our workforce’s diversity is a priority at Midco. The People Of Color Career Fair helps us share our story, engage with candidates of color and be part of a dialogue that helps move Midco forward.”

“The People Of Color Career Fair is unlike any other job fair,” said Sharon Smith-Akinsanya,…

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