Recruiting Innovation Presents

The Ernestine McClendon
TALENT GRANT

EMPOWERING UNDERREPRESENTED TALENT PROFESSIONALS
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About The Ernestine McClendon Talent Grant

Named after the legendary Ernestine McClendon, the first black talent agent and the first agent to represent black talent, Recruiting Innovation seeks to continue her mission through this grant program to support and elevate underrepresented talent, specifically within the recruiting industry. The Talent Grant program runs biannually with cohorts of 50 grant recipients, bringing 100 diverse Certified Tech Recruiters to the market every year. Recruiting Innovation is committing $80,000 in training, certification and professional support to achieve this goal.

The Ernestine McClendon Talent Grant provides Tech Recruiter Certification, mentorship, training and community to professionals from the Black, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled and other underrepresented communities to enter and flourish within the tech recruiting industry.

Recruiting Innovation firmly believes the more diverse our recruiting teams are, the more diverse our teams will ultimately be. By providing this Talent Grant, we seek to create a more inclusive and representative recruiting industry.

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MENTORS & SPEAKERS
Meet our Talent Grant

Recipients & Graduates

“The biggest takeaway from being part of this talent grant cohort is the feeling of inclusivity and understanding of everyone’s different journey. I loved hearing the different perspectives of the professionals we heard from as well as the personal stories and career paths of everyone in the cohort.”

ALYCIA TRUJILLO

“This has been a blessing for me. I have learned beyond what I expected and the addition of the mentors has made this such a rewarding experience for me. I am so excited to take what I have learned and apply it to my work.”

MARIE ROKER-JONES
“Receiving this grant afforded me the ability to earn certification in a high demand area that I would not have been able to achieve on my own due to my recent layoff due to COVID. The knowledge I obtained is priceless and I’m looking forward to utilizing it in the workforce.”
KHARISSA SIMMS
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

Our next Talent Grant cohort will commence in early 2022.
We are now accepting applications for this cohort.

APPLY

Are you a member of a traditionally underrepresented community?

Do you want to have a positive impact through helping people connect with their dream jobs while helping companies to expand their teams?

Are you ready for a fulfilling, and lucrative, career in talent acquisition and recruitment?

Please complete an application form to be considered for this grant.

Apply Today

NOMINATE

Do you know a high-potential person from an underrepresented community who would make a great recruiter?

Or an experienced recruiter who has been wanting to get into technical recruiting?

Please help us expand our reach and nominate a high-potential talent for this grant below.

NOMINATE

MENTOR

Do you have 3+ years experience recruiting for any industry?

Do you remember what it was like to start getting your bearings in the recruiting industry?

Would you like to help a new recruiter orient to their new career? Please sign up to be a mentor!

MENTOR

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Why We Are Offering This Grant

“As a society and as organizations we are at a crossroads. We all must decide how we are going to leverage our resources in this moment. Are we going to maintain the status quo or are we going to drive change through meaningful action and allocation of resources?”

— Alison Daley, founder and CEO of Recruiting Innovation

The Ernestine McClendon Talent Grant was created to attract, train, certify and meaningfully support underrepresented talent to enter and excel within the technical recruiting industry.

The Ernestine McClendon Talent Grant was created to attract, train, certify and meaningfully support underrepresented talent to enter and excel within the technical recruiting industry.

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