How to Build a Diverse Workforce and Why Procurement is So Critical


Sameer Penakalapati
CEIPAL, Founder & CEO

Sameer Penakalapati is a serial entrepreneur who is dedicated to advising and investing in technology startups, specifically in the HR & AI space. In the past 10 years, Sameer has founded and acquired over six companies, including a staffing firm, multiple SaaS platforms, and a digital marketing agency, serving thousands of customers around the world.

Sameer’s key interests include talent acquisition, talent engagement, and total talent management. As a regular contributor of thought leadership pieces to HR publications, Sameer was recently inducted into the Forbes HR Council.

To date, Sameer has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including accolades from Inc500/5000, Rochester top 100, Deloitte Fast 500, Forbes Best Startup Employers, USPAACC, SIA Fastest Growing Companies, and others. Sameer also takes an active approach to Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, contributing to philanthropic activities in the US and India focused on children’s education and youth development.


Diversity has rapidly skyrocketed past its former buzz-word status to become a major strategic consideration for any organization that’s serious about finding a competitive edge. So, now that everyone is in agreement that diversity is critical to building a future workforce that can thrive, how can your organization capitalize? This session will outline the four steps to auditing the overall diversity of your workforce and explain how HR and procurement must work together in order to successfully establish a strong, diverse hiring practice.