The POZCAST: Career & Life Journeys with Adam Posner

David Fairhurst & Maya Bordeaux: D&I in the Age of the Pandemic - Former CPO at McDonald's

Episode Summary

This is a NOT TO MISS show for anyone in HR or TA/Hiring. I am thrilled to present e97 of #thePOZcast, all around Diversity and Inclusion in the age of the Corona Pandemic. Specifically as we are seeing so many companies cut budgets and programs in the down turn economy. We have made such great strides and its critical to continue and keep top of mind. I am excited, honored and humbled to introduce my two guests, experts on the subject. They are the Founder and Senior Consultant at Orgshakers, a human capital global consulting group.  First, the founder David Fairhurst:  He recently Founded his own consultancy called Orgshakers – a consultancy which focuses on optimizing People in organizations. Until the end of last year he was Executive Vice President, Global Chief People Officer at McDonald’s Corporation – probably the world's largest HR roles with oversight of almost 2- million employees in over 120 countries.  David is credited as one of the key leaders in delivering the company’s historic business turnaround, which saw the firm’s market capitalization rise from $93bn to $147bn in just 4 years. You can certainly check out the rest of his resume online.  He is known to be a disruptive and strategic thinker, previously making predictions which have appeared in The Financial Times Newspaper and he tells me that today he has a few more to share with us. And thrilled to welcome Maya Bordeaux. Prior to OrgShakers, she served as Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer at Tribune Publishing,  leading all people strategies and programs, as well as all internal and external communications. Her previous tenure includes leadership roles at Wilton Brands, McDonald’s Corporation, NorthShore University HealthSystem. Please join us as we unpack what Diversity & Inclusion truly means and how to strategize and execute thoughtful and meaningful in today's climate. For more, please visit thank you!

Episode Notes


3:18 - Maya's Career Story
4:09 - David's Background
5:15 - OrgShakers Origin
6:10 - The Year 2014
8:28 - Remarginalization -2014 to date
9:56 - Investments in Progress amid Covid
12:05 - Balance between Cutting Expense and Downsizing - Leadership
14:02 - Shift in Resources - Focus on Mental Health
18:15 - Returning Workforce - Vulnerability
22:02 - Redefining skillsets/ Marketability
26:10 - Empathy in Leadership
27:50 - The Covid Bias in Recruitment
33:17 - Attributes in Leaders post pandemic
36:22 - Little things that matter
40:07 - Greatest Piece of Advice
42:37 - Silver Linings
46:34 - David and Maya's North Star