For Namita Tirath, the interest in diversity has been a “simmering passion” for over 25 years. As co-founder and chief customer officer of Pyramid Consulting Inc, the same tenacity and drive that helped her grow the full lifecycle talent and technology company to a $300-plus million global business is evident in how she approaches DE&I.
When it comes to DE&I, staffing firms are “the last mile, the ones who can truly make a difference in numbers,” she says. “We are the vehicle for corporate America to bring in diversity.”
One such vehicle is Pyramid Academy. Created in 2019, it gives recent college graduates and those early in their careers —primarily from underrepresented diversity groups — a chance to re-skill, upskill, or get their foot in the door with intensive IT training. The company then places these candidates with its established clients. Another example: Recruit:IN, an intensive training and certification program that arms recruiters to recruit for DE&I both within Pyramid Consulting and for its clients. Initially a pilot project, it is now expanding across the organization.
Passionate about increasing the number of women and underrepresented minority groups with careers in the technology industry, Tirath’s goal is to help Pyramid Consulting’s client base understand why promoting a higher percentage of women and minorities will help them become more competitive.
Tirath is a frequent panel speaker and presenter on DE&I and the business models needed to help companies attract, retain and promote diverse talent. She also mentors other minority-owned businesses, and programs for women of color in technology.
At the end of the day, helping to alter lives and bring financial equality keeps her going. “We are at the forefront … the number of people finding their place is growing one step at a time, and the rewards are immense,” she says.
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