Researching Potential Employers & Evaluating Inclusive Workplace Culture

Monday, October 5, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Alumni, Students

Researching employers is a critical part of any job or internship search process. Conducting this research is vital to identifying organizations who are hiring in your field, discovering skills that are in demand, preparing for interviews, and focusing your search on employers who share your values. The values of diversity and inclusion are increasingly high priorities for many entering today’s workforce, yet over a quarter of all employees report not feeling a sense of belonging in their current workplace. Participate in this panel session to hear from alumni professionals who will provide personal insights about how to evaluate workplace culture with specific emphasis on inclusion and equity. 

Discussion topics include:
•    The importance of employer research
•    What can be learned from language and images: do job descriptions, applications, mission/vision statements even matter?
•    Who works there, where and what might they have to say?
•    What about ERGs
•    Interview questions that work


Cecil Johnson, ’14 – Cecil graduated from GVSU in 2014 with a BA in English Language and Literature. He currently works as a University Recruiter for Diversity at Facebook and lives in New York City, and is passionate about attracting and engaging with the best talent from diverse colleges and universities.

Jazmine Williams-McCoy, ’07 – Jazmine graduated from GVSU in 2007 with a BS in Communications, and later earned an MA in Communication Research & Media Studies from Saint Louis University. She currently works as Director of Diversity and Inclusion Team for Rock Ventures, part of the Quicken Loans family of companies in the Greater Detroit area. Jazmine has over 10 years of experience in training, building programs, and leading teams, all through the lens of Diversity and Inclusion.

Courtney Simmons, ’04 – Courtney graduated from GVSU in 2004 with a BS in Psychology. Courtney currently works as the Inclusiveness & Diversity Senior Program Manager for Herman Miller in Zeeland, MI, where she shares the organization’s stories and passion for design, problem solving and inclusion with a broad range of the best and brightest talent.


Scott Ayotte, ’08 – Scott graduated from GVSU in 2008 with a BBA in Finance and Economics, and went on to earn a JD in Labor & Employment Law from WMU’s Colley Law School. Scott works as the Director of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Equity where he helps direct inclusion and compliance initiatives aimed at talent acquisition, talent engagement, and strategic partnerships.

Registration is required!

This event is part of the Work Like A Laker Conference. For more information, please visit: All sessions offered can be found in Handshake Events.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact the GVSU Career Center at or 616-331-6708. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least two days prior to the event. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact 616-331-3311.

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