Chandis negotiates and enforces carriage agreements with a variety of distributors of NBCU’s content, including NBC and Telemundo stations, cable networks, regional sports networks and the Olympics. Minority candidates should always be considered, she says, adding if there aren’t any, companies should discuss how to find them. “Once a minority candidate is identified and hired, companies should consider what they can do to help retain the talent,” Chandis adds. “Everyone benefits from working and learning in a diverse environment.”
How can diversity be better incorporated into the recruiting process?
When possible, recruiting should try and identify candidates that are educationally and professionally qualified, but that are minorities. There should always be a few minority candidates that are considered for a position, and if there are none, then there should be a discussion about how to identify some. Most importantly, though, once a minority candidate is identified and hired, companies should consider what they can do to help retain the talent. Like schools, everyone benefits from working and learning in a diverse environment.
What questions is the industry not yet asking in its efforts to be more diverse and inclusive that it should be?
An important question to continue asking and considering is why the number of minorities decrease between junior positions to the most senior positions in our companies. Is it because of lack of opportunities and exposure, skills, mentorship? And, more specifically to legal representation, when companies are considering outside counsel, how are they looking at the firm’s diversity and commitment to diversity? For example, some companies require a certain percentage of diverse lawyers at a firm, but perhaps the more specific question is whether that firm’s specific department that would be representing the company (e.g., litigation, M&A, tax) meets the percentage of diverse lawyers.
Which current television show/s best embrace diversity?
“Fresh Off the Boat,” “Black-ish,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Younger,” “Jane the Virgin”