Audra Jenkins has always rooted for the underdog. Always the shortest, she grew up fighting for herself and others like her. This translated to a passion for representing marginalized groups.
It’s this passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations that has allowed her to thrive as the chief diversity and inclusion officer for Randstad North America, the first such role of any of the big three staffing firms. In her role, she advances DE&I among internal employees and she partners with customers as they work to achieve their own diversity goals.
As a woman and a member of the BIPOC community, Jenkins also lives and breathes DE&I.
“DE&I allows me to live that passion, and make sure that I’m giving a voice to the voiceless. I’m making an impact in a positive way and using my platform to make a difference,” Jenkins says.
She also firmly believes that diversity and inclusion must be woven into every aspect of the talent lifecycle to attract quality candidates, enhance employee engagement and drive performance.
Since taking up her current role, she and her team have established three strategic pillars: workplace (how Randstad elevates its internal workforce diversity), marketplace (how the company brands itself as a diverse and inclusive employer), and business (how well the company embeds diversity into its business operations).
Jenkins is also the executive sponsor for Randstad’s Hire Hope program, which provides career readiness training, work experience and job placement services to at-risk women, including survivors of exploitation, homelessness and trafficking. Her team recently kicked off a Diversity Deep Dive podcast, which shares DE&I insights and stories and provides best practices to achieve greater cultural competence.
She is especially proud about opening and elevating the dialogue around DE&I within the world of work, especially in the wake of the recent social justice movements in the US.
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