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Corinne Milien

Corinne Milien is the Founder and CEO at WRK, a people-powered HR and staffing solutions to overcome workforce challenges in sports, media, and entertainment. As an unwavering advocate for diversity and inclusion, Corinne aims to eradicate bias and eliminate barriers that have historically marginalized certain groups from traditional hiring practices.

Corinne’s roots in sports trace back to her time as a student assistant at Bemidji State University, later transitioning to working under Coach Pat Summit at the University of Tennessee. She later served as an Events Supervisor for ESPN, managing some of the company’s premier athletic events. Corinne’s unwavering dedication to her work led to her recognition by adidas, Impact Hub, and as a key social entrepreneur of color. A U.S. Air Force veteran, she completed her B.A. at Bemidji State University and her M.A. in Sports Management from the University of Tennessee.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Corinne Milien discusses the tendency of recruiters and hiring managers to rely on familiar sources for new hires
  • The value of starting within one’s own organization to understand the need for diverse talent
  • Why Corinne challenges traditional job descriptions and qualifications
  • Understanding diversity beyond race
  • The importance of curiosity and exploring new experiences
  • How to write better and more inclusive job descriptions
  • Why applicants should always customize their resumés for each job application
  • Corinne shares insights on creating an inclusive workforce

In this episode…

Is the traditional experience-based model of talent acquisition still effective in today’s diverse and dynamic job market? How can organizations transform their hiring practices to better suit the modern workplace?

According to Corinne Milien, a seasoned expert in talent acquisition and diversity strategies, redefining recruitment is essential in the current workforce landscape. She advocates for a shift from conventional experience-based criteria to a more inclusive approach that emphasizes diversity, skills, and competencies. Corinne highlights the limitations of traditional hiring practices and the benefits of embracing a broader, more diverse talent pool. She suggests using internal resources like Employee Resource Groups and creating more inclusive job descriptions as practical strategies that organizations can use to attract and retain diverse talent effectively.

In this episode of WRK & WIN, Corinne Milien is interviewed by Chad Franzen of Rise25 about transforming talent acquisition in modern workplaces. They discuss the importance of diversity and skill-based recruitment, the reevaluation of traditional job descriptions, and strategies for attracting diverse talent. This episode provides valuable insights for both employers and job seekers on the journey toward a more inclusive and effective hiring process.

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