about the event

Randstad USA hosted its second annual Flourishing Under Fire event on May 24 - 26, 2022. This event focused on:

  • evaluating the state of the corporate pipeline and the road to progress
  • understanding identity masking and its impacts on health, happiness and productivity, in addition to business’ talent retention and leadership development
  • building the business case and best practices for talent delivery initiatives impacting underrepresented individuals

on-demand viewing

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Evaluating the corporate ladder journey and empowering women to drive systemic change for equity, diversity and inclusion beyond the current environment

Women have made important gains in representation during the COVID-19 pandemic — but the pandemic continues to take a toll. Women are now significantly more burned out — increasingly more so than men. Despite this added stress and exhaustion, women are rising to the moment as stronger leaders and taking on the extra work that comes with this, as well as doing more to support their teams and advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Yet this critical work is going unrecognized and unrewarded by most companies, and that has concerning implications.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The business case and best practices for second chance hiring

Research shows that nearly nine in 10 employers require applicants to undergo a background check, and a criminal record can reduce the chances of a second interview by 50 percent. As a result, the unemployment rate among formerly incarcerated people in the United States is 27 percent — higher than at any other point in U.S. history.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Creating an inclusive and belonging workplace community for all human beings

Despite outwardly visible signs of progress, many challenges persist for LGBTQ+ professionals. For example, a growing business case for inclusion has not translated into solid gains for the LGBTQ+ community within the workplace itself. To engage a new generation of workers and consumers — many of whom choose careers and products based on diversity and inclusion — companies must move beyond public gestures of support for LGBTQ+ issues to create a more positive work experience.


Sander van ‘t Noordende, global CEO, Randstad

Karen Fichuk, CEO, Randstad North America

Keith Brown, director, corporate community impact, Randstad North America

Audra Jenkins, chief diversity and inclusion officer, Randstad North America

Mary Ann Scully, dean, Sellinger School of Business & Management - Loyola University Maryland

Ginni Rometty, former CEO of IBM, cofounder of OneTen

Ann Cairns, executive vice chairman, Mastercard

Dee Cusack, executive vice president, Dematic

Tammy Cohen, founder & chief visionary officer, InfoMart

Stacy Janiak, chief growth officer, Deloitte US

Trisch Smith, chief D&I officer, Edelman

Cindy Keaveney, chief people officer, Randstad Global Businesses

Bob Lopes, chief human resources officer, Randstad North America

Dr. Marc Howard, executive director, Georgetown University's Prisons and Justice Initiative

Natasha Fapohunda, SVP and assistant general counsel, Mastercard

David Windecher, executive director, Rehabilitation Enables Dreams (RED)

Dr. Dallas Dance, president, The DDance Group

Stanley Ball, chief litigation counsel, Eaton Corporation

Carolyn Lee, CEO, The Manufacturing Institute

Sean Hosman, CEO, Persevere

Danea Rouse, head of employee engagement, firmwide employee diversity, equity and inclusion, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Dwight Tostensen, CEO, The Redemption Project

Jay Ferguson, chief legal officer, Randstad North America

Todd Sears, CEO, Out Leadership

Wesley Bizzell, senior assistant general counsel, Altria Group

Suresh Raj, global chief growth officer, Virtue Worldwide

Bob Melk, COO, Monster

Alim A. Dhanji, president, Adidas Canada

Erik Day, senior vice president, Dell Technologies

Dr. Jerrica Kirkley, cofounder and chief medical officer, Plume

Allia McLeod, head of development and partnerships, Yahoo

Traci Fiatte, CEO, professional and commercial staffing, Randstad North America