Professional Diversity Network and LinkedIn Team Up to Help Companies Tap Into Diverse Professionals and Comply with New

Professional Diversity Network and LinkedIn Team Up to Help Companies Tap Into
       Diverse Professionals and Comply with New Diversity Regulations

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 5, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Professional Diversity Network (PDN), a
Chicago-based diversity recruitment firm, and LinkedIn, the world's largest
professional network on the Internet with more than 200 million members, have
teamed up to help companies recruit diverse professionals. PDN manages a suite
of professional networking websites that target diverse professional groups,
including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, women, LGBT, veterans,
and people with disabilities.

"Last month, we surpassed a major milestone: 200 million members. With members
joining LinkedIn at a rate of approximately two per second, we offer
recruiters a larger and more diverse talent pool than ever before," said Wade
Burgess, head of North American sales for LinkedIn Talent Solutions. "By
teaming up with PDN, we are expanding our diversity offering to help our more
than 13,000 customers reach professionals in even more places on the web."

PDN Chief Executive Officer Jim Kirsch said that a shared belief in the power
of professional networks brought the two entities together. "American
companies now recognize that in order to be competitive, their employees must
reflect an increasingly diverse population and customer base. As recruiters
and professionals continue to migrate to professional networks to find diverse
candidates and network, advance their careers and build their professional
brands, PDN understands that traditional job boards are no longer an adequate
means of building the workforce of the future."

Kirsch added that beyond dramatic changes in the demographics of the global
marketplace, the need for a more diverse workforce is now more immediate due
to more stringent government diversity compliance standards. PDN's established
marketplace for diverse professionals and groups will help LinkedIn's
customers improve compliance with government regulatory bodies, including the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract
Compliance Programs.

Under the arrangement, LinkedIn's customers will be able to post jobs on the
PDN network of eight websites serving approximately two million diverse
professionals:, serving Hispanic professionals, serving African American professionals, serving veterans, serving people with disabilities, serving the LGBT community, serving Asian Americans, serving professional women, serving diverse professionals

PDN, founded in 2000, also has partnerships with more than 50 civil rights and
professional organizations, including the National Council of La Raza, the
NAACP, Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans, and the Association
of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.

Media Contact: Rachelle Pachtman, 1-212-996-1715,

SOURCE Professional Diversity Network

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