Raines International launches Raines Engage, an Unconscious Bias Mitigation program to improve hiring decisions
First Interactive Session Incorporated into all C-Suite Executive Searches
Raines International, a leading executive search and talent advisory firm, has developed Raines Engage, a new program featuring neuroscience-backed sessions on making equitable decisions in the hiring process. The program’s content and delivery methodologies demonstrate how unconscious bias interferes with decision-making and include mitigation strategies to help senior talent and hiring leaders make better decisions in high-stakes situations.
With the most competitive talent market in our generation, mandates for better and more substantial DEI action, and the need for accelerated hiring processes, Raines Engage is directed toward human resources and business leaders, particularly those responsible for talent pipelines, to drive change in how talent is hired and retained.
“Our clients need better talent acquisition outcomes, and executives want to train their teams to be the best in the business,” said Raines Chief Executive Officer Dan Smith. “This program helps clients beat their competition in attracting the best talent in the most dynamic hiring environment most of us have ever seen. We’re incredibly proud to offer this program in a way that drives adoption.”
As part of Raines’ broader programming on equitable decision-making, the first session in the Engage series explores the interplay between diversity, equity, inclusion, and unconscious bias. Sessions are led by Raines Senior Vice President Kathryn Bardi. Starting today, the hourlong interactive session is included in all of Raines’ C-Suite searches and is available as an additional service offering for non-C-suite searches and clients.
“Even leaders with the best intentions fall privy to unconscious bias – all humans do. Understanding the science behind how biases operate in the brain allows leaders to take necessary steps to ensure equitable hiring processes,” Bardi said. “We’re leveraging research on how the brain works to help executives make better decisions. Our clients agree that the stakes have never been higher.”
Bardi joined Raines in 2020 from Bain & Company where, as the Senior Manager – People and Organization, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, she led the firm’s global efforts on unconscious bias mitigation, inclusive culture, and employee engagement. Prior to Bain, Bardi was a Senior Research & Solutions Consultant at the NeuroLeadership Institute, where she designed human capital initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, operationalizing neuroscience research to inform leadership development, business transformation, and diversity & inclusion.
The Raines Engage program is part of Raines’ Advisory Practice, led by neuroscience experts and MBAs. Additional offerings from the Advisory team include Executive Assessments, Senior Team Alignment, Succession Planning, DEI educational offerings, and DEI strategy.
About Raines International:
Raines International is an advisory firm committed to making a difference with executive search, organizational consulting, and talent management solutions. Headquartered in Miami with ten offices across the Americas, Raines specializes in senior-level leadership recruitment and assessment and DEI advisory across industries and functions.
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