Co-Founders of the diversity hiring startup, Jopwell
Featured on Forbes '30 under 30' list
Named two of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business" 2017
Ryan Williams & Porter Braswell Speakers Profile
Ryan Williams and Porter Braswell are the co-founders of Jopwell, a diversity hiring startup that helps companies connect with and recruit underrepresented ethnic minority candidates for jobs and internships The pair left their jobs at Goldman Sachs to launch the company back in 2014 on the belief that their exposure to diversity programming opportunities at an early age gave them strong career paths and that other underrepresented ethnic minorities should be given the same opportunity for success. Their goal was to build a career platform to connect African American, Hispanic and Native American students and professionals with job opportunities at top companies like Pinterest, Lyft, American Express, Conde Nast, Spotify, Airbnb, Etsy and the NBA. After applying and graduating from the Y Combinator accelerator program, Braswell and Williams went on to market Jopwell to more than 70 organizations.
Together, Ryan and Porter have led Jopwell from an online platform with dozens of America’s leading companies as partners, to an essential resource that facilitates thousands of connections between its community and partner employers. Spanning finance, technology, healthcare, sports and publishing, among other industries, Jopwell counts Airbnb, BlackRock, Pinterest, The San Francisco 49ers, Bloomberg and Northwell Health among its many partner companies as well as Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Buzzfeed, and Morgan Stanley. To date, Jopwell has facilitated more than 6,000 “connections” between candidates and employers–meaning contact has been made between a company rep and a job seeker. The founders don’t anticipate the demand to ebb over time.
In 2017, Jopwell was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” in the enterprise category and one of Entrepreneur’s “100 Most Brilliant Companies.” The pair were also featured on Fast Company’s 2017 list of “100 Most Creative People in Business” and Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list in 2016, which highlight creative minds and rising entrepreneurs across industries.
For availability and speaker fees, please contact Ryan Williams & Porter Braswell’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.
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