Career Camp | Stand Out by Standing Out: Diversity in the Workplace



About This Event

This session is part of GA’s Career Camp, a weeklong festival of free workshops, panel discussions, and interactive events for professional growth. Check out the full schedule here – see ya on the trail!

Implementing diversity in the workplace is a huge commitment, and there’s no handbook you can just “borrow” from another organization. The idea of bringing new perspectives into a company can feel intimidating for some hiring managers, but with the plethora of benefits this practice brings, it’s no surprise that employers are beginning to prioritize inclusion initiatives.

Join us for a discussion on how we can celebrate our differences within the job search and how you can stand out by standing out. We’ll be gathering professionals who have gone through the process and can share unique experiences, thoughts, and where they think we have room to grow.



  • This session is hosted online. You will need access to a laptop or computer, as well as a strong internet connection. Please make sure to download the Zoom app.
  • Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email—upon confirmation and 2 hours before the start of the webinar.


About the Instructors

Joel Francois Photo

CEO and Co-Founder,
Helius Power

Joel is the Co Founder & CEO at Helius Power, a campus recruiting platform that helps employers hire more diverse and qualified candidates.Our mission is to remove all barriers to a hire, by using a combination AI and messaging to automate the process. Joel was also the founder of Francois and Associates, a local debt management firm. Joel is currently exploring connections with employers, advocates and institutions that are actively looking to improve access and opportunity for all.

Jason Nguyen Photo

Associate UX Manager,
Publicis Sapient

Jason Nguyen is an Associate UX Manager at Publicis Sapient, with 7 years of crafting usable, inclusive and delightful online experiences. He has a BA in Business and Computer Science, and started his career as a Software Engineer, before discovering the wonderful world of UX. He’s a champion for diversity, inclusion, and accessibility of design. He’s also a Mid Century Modern furniture collector, and create live-edge furniture as a hobby.

Elianne Rodriguez Photo

Interim Director ,
Bixel Exchange SBDC at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce

Elianne Rodriguez is the Interim Director at Bixel Exchange SBDC at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, an impact-driven no-cost, no-equity long-term full-service center, specializing in Tech, Procurement, and Disaster Relief. Elianne is a serial DACA entrepreneur with 13yrs of experience in tech, procurement, and small business space.

Elianne believes entrepreneurship and technology are great equalizers to building culturally relevant and inclusive ecosystems. In her current role, Elianne connects diverse talent to opportunities that reflect the intersectionality of Los Angeles across racial, socioeconomic, gender, education, sexuality, and immigration status. She fosters community and drives culturally competent programming to empower entrepreneurs who invest in their community while solving problems. She works with business owners to leverage technology, break glass ceilings, compete globally, and disrupt a wide range of industries including education, healthcare, digital media, artificial intelligence, sustainability, transportation, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, logistics, green technology, procurement, big data, software, hardware, e-commerce, internet of things, blockchain, social impact, finance, and entertainment.

Nii Ato Bentsi-Enchill, MA, Ed.M. Photo

Holistic Career Coach,
Avenir Careers, LLC

Nii Ato is a holistic career coach helping ambitious professionals of color navigate their job search while remaining authentic to themselves. Nii Ato holds master’s level training in mental health counseling, allowing him to provide a holistic approach to his work with clients. He spent 5+ years as the Sr. Career Advisor at Ivy Exec, an online professional development platform, where he provided job search, resume, and career guidance to over 5,000 global clients spanning mid-career professionals up to C-suite executives — across industries.

Nii Ato earned his BA in Psychology from Hamilton College and MA & Ed.M. degrees in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. His early career includes roles as an HR Analyst at Merrill Lynch and an Associate Recruiter in executive search at Isaacson, Miller.

Nii Ato was born in London, raised in NYC, finished high school in Accra, Ghana, and spent a full year studying abroad in Paris. He is a husband, a father to a wonderful 8-year old girl, and a frustrated Arsenal fan.

Founder & CEO,
Black Career Women’s Network


Feb 10 2021


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm




Micah Mitlyng
[email protected]
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