Breakout Session, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Inclusive Hiring Best Practices - Looking Beyond the Core Skills

Session Overview

Studies show that the reason a new hire fails within their first 18 months of employment is rarely due to deficiencies in core skills. More often it's issues with motivation, temperament, and emotional intelligence. Although it's tempting to want to hire candidates with the most impressive resumes, hiring for values and competencies will be better for teams and organizations in the long run.


After completing this session, participants will be able to:

    1. See the importance of looking beyond industry-specific core skills
    2. Understand the value of recruiting for capabilities
    3. Attract a more diverse applicant pool
    4. Create an un-biased interview and selection process.


Angie May
Angie Boudreau

Associate Director, Talent Acquisition, Harvard University

Angie has worked in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition for over 20 years. As an Associate Director of Talent Acquisition for Harvard University, Angie partners with Harvard University Information Technology, Financial Administration Department and Harvard University Employees Credit Union to recruit and hire a wide variety of professionals.

Erich Manser
Erich Manser

Digital Accessibility Consultant, Harvard University Information Technology

Erich works at Harvard University as a Digital Accessibility Consultant, where he helps ensure Harvard websites are inclusive and can be accessed by people of all abilities. He is an avid runner and triathlete, and has completed 20 marathons and 3 Ironman races, including the 2018 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. He has been keeping active during COVID-19 by participating in online virtual running events. He lives in Littleton, MA with his wife Lisa and daughters Ellie (14) and Grace (11).

Melissa Lucius

Program Manager, Human Resources, Harvard University

Having spent her entire career in IT, she now works in Harvard University Human Resources as a Program Manager supporting the IT group in Central Administration, where she designs and delivers programs around leadership development and employee engagement. She loves foreign languages -- she speaks several and is currently learning Russian. Melissa lives in Arlington, MA with her husband Richard. They have 2 daughters, Amanda (20) and Veronica (17).