Ryan Williams and Porter Braswell are the co-founders of Jopwell, an online platform that allows companies to connect with and recruit minority candidates for internships and jobs.
While employed at Goldman Sachs they realized that “...companies really relied heavily on their current employees and interns to draw on their minority networks and bring others into the company,” says Braswell. “That’s really ad hoc and ineffective, mainly because it doesn’t build your pipeline.”
These two innovators identified an issue and created the solution that now serves as a pipeline for minority/underrepresented talent for companies all across the country. Jopwell currently has 20 corporate partners and on the way to solidifying 20 more.
Companies use the buzz word diversity quite a bit but both Williams and Braswell are very picky about partnering with companies that are serious about truly diversifying their talent. Their hope is to continue to grow and connect qualified and underrepresented people to positions across the country.
Millennials can foster change no matter the arena. Change is constant, and requires a plan and meaningful partnerships. (Who is in your circle?) Ryan and Porter are true examples of that. I look forward to learning more about them and hopefully have the opportunity to have them on We The People.