CHICAGO, March 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPDN), (“PDN” or the “Company”), a developer and operator of online and in-person networks that provide access to networking, training, educational and employment opportunities for diverse individuals, today announced the success of the first hybrid (online and in-person) career event produced in conjunction with the company’s most recently acquired subsidiary, Expo Experts LLC (“Expo Experts”), that was held on March 14, 2023 at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, IL.
“We are excited to see the synergy we had planned for between the two entities is coming to fruition right out of the gate, providing broader accessibility for employers and job seekers to engage,” said Adam He, CEO of PDN. “The Chicago event will be the first of many hybrids, co-produced events including the upcoming April event in Boston, for which we already have some key employers attending, and the October event in Chicago.”
The event included two pavilions: a Professional Diversity Pavilion and an Engineering, Technology and Security Clearance Pavilion, designed to attract diverse candidates who may also have STEM-based background. The event provided both employers and job candidates the option to participate virtually or in-person. For job seekers attending in-person, they were able to interact with the employers on-site, and scan a QR code to access employers at the virtual fair as well. The event had over 330 candidates registered, of whom 161 candidates attended the event virtually only and 90 attended in-person, and nearly 150 attendees were invited to attend a virtual or in-person interview. Participating employers included United States Department of Treasury, United States ARMY Corps of Engineers, NAVY, Agility, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Associates Bank, among many others.
“As companies and job seekers try to navigate recruiting and job hunting Post-COVID, our hybrid model provides comfort and choices for both parties,” said Mike Hall, Vice President of Event Sales at PDN.
“We were pleased to see that some employers found their ‘needle in a haystack’ candidate that we were told will definitely be back for follow up interviews,” said Susan Turner, President of Expo Experts.
Follow up discussions with employers that attended the event noted that they are already scheduling follow up second round interviews with STEM/Clearance based candidates and PDN based candidates. Also, there are additional candidates that will either be screened or placed in the pipeline for further evaluations by an attending employer.
About Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (PDN) is a developer and operator of online and in-person networks that provides access to networking, training, educational and employment opportunities for diverse professionals. Through an online platform and our relationship recruitment affinity groups, we provide our employer clients a means to identify and acquire diverse talent and assist them with their efforts to recruit diverse employees. Our mission is to utilize the collective strength of our affiliate companies, members, partners and unique proprietary platform to be the standard in business diversity recruiting, networking and professional development for women, minorities, veterans, LGBT and disabled persons globally.
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