To advance a new, unbiased hiring standard that enables firms to expand the way they consider talent, and provides every candidate a holistic way to demonstrate their full potential.
High volume applications and competitive recruiting timelines made it impossible to effectively consider every candidate. They were forced to focus their efforts on a small portion of talent landscape, only considering candidates from “target” schools with the “right” credentials. Resumes and interviews provided little insight into the things they really wanted to know—will this candidate be a high performer, a culture-add, and a long-time contributor?
So, they built Suited to address these challenges and inefficiencies in the professional services industries at large. Now, finance and law firms rely on Suited to predict the potential of early-career candidates, without bias.
Together, with our network of firms, investors, and supporters, that same team is breaking down decades-old preconceptions about what drives success, and is replacing them with fair and evidence-based methods for candidate discovery.
We believe that the most talented teams are built by making validated, evidence-based hiring decisions.
We believe that professional opportunity and success should be independent of chance or circumstance.
We believe that representation is a necessity in the critical and influential sectors of society that we serve.
We believe that no one attribute defines a person’s potential, and that understanding a candidate’s identity is key to making the best matches.
We believe that the adoption of artificial intelligence is essential to discerning and debiasing what drives human potential at work.
James Cole Jr.
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Jasco Group, LLC and former US Delegated Deputy Secretary of Education and General Counsel under President Obama.
He served on the board of directors of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for 7 years. From 1996-2011, James worked at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, where, in 2004, he became a partner. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.
Co-founder and Partner of VallotKarp Consulting, which helps organizations enhance their competitive advantage through diversity and inclusion.
Angela has served on the board of directors of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund since 2011, and is now Co-Chair of the Board. She was a lawyer for 17 years at Jones Day and Arent Fox, after which she was recruited to become the first Chief Diversity Officer of Texaco, and later the Global Chief Diversity Officer of Colgate Palmolive in 2001. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School.
Associate Professor of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College’s Robert Day School of Economics and Finance.
Cameron received his Ph.D from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2005, and his research focuses on empirical political economy and macroeconomics.
Partner at Product Co-op with over 20 years of experience creating and scaling product-led businesses.
Some of her past roles include Head of Product at Blend, a digital lending platform used by over 250 financial institutions; Director of Product for Dropbox, the leading document management, transfer, and collaboration service; and VP of Product Management at Jive Software, which provides enterprise-level social software that unleashes employee productivity, harnesses corporate knowledge, and builds institutional memory.
Meet the startup that is finding a new way to recruit young bankers and lawyers by reducing hiring bias."
Prestige, however, does not equate to potential. More often than not, it relates directly to privilege.”
AI allows firms not to rely on traditional, and often biased, factors such as GPA or school rank to determine a candidate’s potential.”