About Vaco

Inclusion, diversity, and equity at Vaco

Vaco understands the significance of drawing the circle wider to broaden our perspective, to connect on a deeper level, and to be a force for positive change in our world.  With thousands of Vaconians and clients around the globe, our vision is creating a company – and a world – that places diversity and inclusion at the heart of its culture.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Since inception, we have fostered a culture where individuality is celebrated, differences are valued, and opportunity knows no bounds.

Across Vaco’s family of brands, diversity, equity and inclusion are more than guiding principles. They are central to our continued growth and legacy. Our differences enrich us, while our shared values unite us.

As a leader in talent and consulting solutions, we are committed to promoting fairness in hiring and removing barriers to the professional and economic advancement of underserved communities.

We believe that creating opportunity for one, creates opportunity for all. Let’s go further, faster, together.

Our 7 Inclusive Mindsets

Start with representation.

Strive for progress, not perfection.

Replace judgement with curiosity.

Think global. Act local.

Lean into the uncomfortable.

Believe in abundance.

Collaboration is key.

Our 7 Inclusive Mindsets

Start with representation.

Strive for progress, not perfection.

Replace judgement with curiosity.

Think global. Act local.

Lean into the uncomfortable.

Believe in abundance.

Collaboration is key.

Empowering change from within

Vaco’s leaders are focused on creating access and opportunity in three key areas:

Advancement

Helping our leaders be models of change and influence by driving diversity and unequivocal inclusion.

Promotion

Expanding our efforts to level the playing field and to encourage courageous and authentic discussions.

Integration

Empowering our spirit by integrating the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout Vaco.

What our employees say

Employee Quotes

Commitment to diverse, equitable hiring

Being agents of change means encompassing more voices and more people. As a global talent & solutions firm, Vaco’s committed to four key values to transform the recruitment process.
 

Focus

Prioritizing attitudes over resumes to measure success

Fairness

Implementing measures to help mitigate biases in the hiring process

Reach

Expanding our networks to tap into more talent pools

Data

Measuring success and progress along the way

Vaco's DEI Team

Drawing the circle wide helps engage perspectives from all areas of our company – and all walks of life. This ensures Vaco’s focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity isn’t a top-down approach, but a latticework of ideas from across Planet Vaco. And these Vaconians are humbly leading the way:
 

Farah Hottle, Senior Director of DEI

Farah Hottle, Senior Director of DEI

Farah leads the diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy and implementation across Vaco's family of companies, including Focus Search Partners, MorganFranklin Consulting, and Pivot Point Consulting.

Maddie Atkinson, DEI Project Manager

Maddie Atkinson, DEI Project Manager

Maddie drives diversity, equity, and inclusion programs across Vaco's family of companies, including Focus Search Partners, MorganFranklin Consulting, and Pivot Point Consulting.

DEI Council Leaders

Niona Rich

Niona Rich

Niona is a CPA and senior recruiting director within Vaco's LA office. She also serves as a mentor to college students from underrepresented communities.

Ina Dwyer

Ina Dwyer

Ina is a business strategist, writer, and editor with 20+ years of experience in the development, management, and execution of high-impact methodologies and content.

Lavonte Kirven

Lavonte Kirven

Lavonte is a senior director in Vaco’s Technology and Managed Services Division. He’s also an advocate for social justice reform as a renowned speaker and poet.

Colette Clifton

Colette Clifton

Colette is a director in Vaco's consulting and contract division focused on interim solutions in accounting and finance, HR, system implementations, and operations.
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