CSD has a tradition of bringing in the top Deaf talent from around the world, to help ensure that we can make a positive social impact. And the center of that is our Talent & Culture team, who recruit new employees and provide many services to current employees, including providing training and development. Talent & Culture creates a virtual environment where CSD employees are engaged, motivated, and inspired to do the best work possible.
Talent & Culture Manager Amy Hardy says, “My goal at T&C is to set up all CSD employees for success. CSD is a training ground and a proving ground. It’s where our employees can grow to maximize their potential, and a place where employees can thrive.”
CSD is the largest Deaf-led social impact organization in the world, and also an all-virtual company. This means that rather than having a brick-and-mortar office building where our employees work, we connect online. We work together in the virtual sphere – email, video-conferences, and more. Talent & Culture Representative Lisa Bayless says, “CSD is a virtual company because we want our employees to strengthen the many different communities in which they live. Here at Talent & Culture, we encourage CSD employees to volunteer, serve, and lead in their local communities.”
One example of this kind of encouragement is the “Live Here, Give Here” initiative. “Our goal is to strengthen local Deaf communities,” says Hardy. “Through ‘Live Here, Give Here,’ our employees give back to their communities.”
Some examples of employee activities via “Live Here, Give Here,” include leadership in local organizations like Deaf Women of Austin, the Bake a Wish Foundation, and Minnesota State Academies. CSD has a large workforce with a lot of geographic diversity; employees can be found throughout the United States and even in New Zealand.
Ultimately, Talent & Culture is about cultivating opportunities for Deaf success. When asked about her favorite part of her job, Hardy says, “Interacting with our employees. Team CSD is the heartbeat of our organization. Every member of the team is inspiring and makes me want to be my best.”