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San Francisco, Sept. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Choir, the finance industry’s premier diversity tech platform, cranks up the volume for representative voices with its latest offering, Voices: Search™. Now available in beta for media companies and financial organizations, Voices™ makes it easy for journalists and event planners to connect with hundreds of black people, women and non-binary professionals who are qualified sources and speakers across the financial ecosystem. With this launch, Choir is also proud to announce the respected FinTech innovator, speaker and Envestnet executive, Daniel Favajoined the company’s Advisory Board.
Voices is a search platform that connects reporters, conference planners and other industry content producers with new sources and speakers bringing diverse expertise representative of the world around us. On Voices: Search, users search for broad subject areas—like wealth management or cryptocurrency—or for specific topics such as fixed income, 401k, stock compensation, behavioral economics, or charitable giving. Search users can filter by title, job title, location, race, gender, and other personal identifiers.
Individuals listed on the Platform – or “voices” – each have their own digital media kit containing: links to media appearances and videos in which they speak; the type and size of speaking roles, print and digital media in which they wish to participate; downloadable photos; links to social media and professional websites; fee requirements (if any); and contact information.
“Conference committees and journalists face severe time constraints and limited networks, contributing to an ongoing cycle of homogenous speakers and sources – Voices will change that,” he said Liv Gagnon, co-founder of Choir. “Before we launched the certification, Voices was the original idea for Choir. We asked, “What if you could search from a pool of brilliant speakers and sources made up entirely of people of color, women, and non-binary professionals?” Now we’ve built it and we’re very excited for the industry to see a new face of thought leadership.”
More than 200 Voices have already signed up and are in beta on the platform. The choir has begun signing senior financial media and national top-tier media to Voices: Search, as well as conference planning teams and financial organizations.
“News publications, financial institutions and conference organizers, for the most part, have good intentions and have told us they want to spotlight the expertise of women and people of color. Until now, they haven’t had an efficient and scalable way to do this,” he says Sonya Dreizler, co-founder of Choir. “We want to turn intentions into actions. Voices removes many of the barriers that have stood in the way for too long.”
Voices is a natural continuation of the choir’s mission to uplift the voices of people of color, women and non-binary professionals on stage and in the media. In January, the company launched its flagship choral certification, a diversity certification and assessment for financial conferences that includes counseling, annual benchmarking and helpful resources on diversity, equity and inclusion for conference planning teams. The certification is based on Choir’s proprietary algorithm that quantifies how well a speaker lineup represents the US population. Dozens of conferences have already started working with Choir and a list of certified events is listed on the website.
“An industry’s ability to innovate is directly related to how effectively it responds to and addresses the needs of all of its consumers. This can only happen when different leaders sit around the table,” he said fava. “I’m inspired by the platform the choir has created and look forward to helping scale it so that we can all benefit.”
Organizations interested in participating in the Voices beta can send an email [email protected] or visit hellochoir.com/voices for more information.
From job starters to C-suite executives, anyone working in finance can join Voices for free today by submitting a profile at hellochoir.com/voices.
Companies interested in offering Voices as a resource to their employees can contact us [email protected].
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Choir, LLC (“Choir”) is the finance industry’s premier conference diversity certification and diversity tech platform focused on amplifying the voices of finance professionals who are women, non-binary people and people of color . As the creators of Choir Certification™ and Choir Score™, the company aims to make conferences more representative of the US population by helping organizations identify and achieve clear and actionable speaker diversity benchmarks. A full list of certified choral conferences can be found at https://www.hellochoir.com. The company is based in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Choir and Envestnet are separate and unaffiliated companies. This press release should not be construed as a recommendation or endorsement of any particular product, service or company.
Dani Fava, Group Head of Innovation at Envestnet and member of the Choir Board of Advisors
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Liv Gagnon Choir LLC 3156634570 [email protected]
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