August 21, 2019

Building our future workforce … today

Kaiser Permanente sponsored a unique career fair focused on diversity and recruiting early-career technology professionals.

In building our workforce of tomorrow, Kaiser Permanente teamed up with our community partner Code2040 to host their Reverse Career Fair for top black and Latinx early-career technology talent. The annual event flips the table on the traditional career fair, giving participants a unique opportunity to showcase themselves to potential employers.

Nearly 100 black and Latinx college and graduate-level computer science students and early-career technology professionals hosted booths highlighting their talent while participating companies pitched why their company would be a fit for the students' future in technology. In addition to Kaiser Permanente, the nearly 50 companies present included Dropbox, NerdWallet, Bloomberg, and Squarespace. At the end of the event, students walked away with exciting new contacts and opportunities.

Dick Daniels speaking to a group of seated individuals in front of a screen that reads 2019 Reverse Career Fair
Dick Daniels, executive vice president and chief information officer at Kaiser Permanente, helped kick off the Code2040 Reverse Career Fair.

“Kaiser Permanente is headquartered in the Bay Area where there is always competition for technology talent,” said Dick Daniels, executive vice president and chief information officer at Kaiser Permanente, who spoke to attendees and helped kick off the Reverse Career Fair. “There are many diverse people who have the talent for these roles, but that diversity isn’t reflected in today’s technology workforce. Events like this are helping to change that.”

Last year was Kaiser Permanente’s first year participating in Code2040’s Reverse Career Fair as a recruiter. This year, we sponsored the event at our Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. It’s one of the many ways we’re building the next generation of talent.

The importance of technology for Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente understands that we need to make the best use of technology if we want to transform health and health care in the United States. That’s why we invest in technology including cloud computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

“We look for great talent, including in new technology areas where we need to build capability,” said Daniels. “There’s demand for these early career professionals and the skills they bring to the table.”