30 Oct 2019
CEO Cynthia Davis' interview with iwoca about diversity in business
As part of UK Black History Month our CEO, Cynthia Davis spoke with iwoca on her own struggles in her career and how that inspired her to create her own business….
" Of the hundreds of people that BAME Recruitment have placed across the UK, 68% are BAME, 58% are women, 20% identify as LGBT and 5% have a disability. Cynthia Davis runs the company – a recruitment and consultancy service that not only aims to create diverse and inclusive workplaces, but also seeks to effect real social change.
Cynthia has been in the recruitment sector for 20 years and while her company is just four years old, it has already worked The House of Commons, Comic Relief, The Mayor of London and Stonewall – but things were very different when she started her career at one of the UK’s top recruitment agencies.
“I remember my first day out of education, walking into an office, I felt like I’d walked into Narnia,” Cynthia says. “There were 120 employees and out of all of them only five were women, and I was the only person of colour.”
“As I progressed through my career, if I didn’t get promoted for certain roles it made me question – is it because I’m a woman? Is it because I’m a woman of colour? The only way that I was able to move up the ladder was to move out of unsupportive organisations and find the organisations that would value and promote me. I was always having to push and push and I thought: ‘it shouldn’t be this hard.'”
For the full article please click here https://www.iwoca.co.uk/insights/BAME-recruitment-feature/