Breaking Barriers, Building a Hire Ground

Breaking Barriers, Building a Hire Ground

The Evolving Value And Pitfalls Of Certifications

August 16, 2022

Matt Colaciello is the VP of Communications at Hire Ground. He specializes in creative content strategies for social impact, strategic communications, and communications program development. He is filling in today for Chloe as we put the spotlight on certifications in supplier diversity. What are certifications? What are some of the benefits and drawbacks of certifications?


In this episode, we discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding certifications in supplier diversity. We define certifications, their purpose, and how they impact the operations of small and mid-sized businesses. We explain how certifications can be a bit extreme and invasive. We also describe the complexities involved in getting certified and reveal the aspects of the certification process that we think should be updated.


"The foundations of certifications are both contestable and contested." - Matt Colaciello


This week on Breaking Barriers:


●     The purpose of certifications for supplier diversity

●     Matt's experience in supplier diversity

●     Where certification for supplier diversity started

●     The questions we need to answer to advance the logic of certification

●     Some of the advantages and pitfalls of certifications

●     What makes certifications complex and controversial

●     Updating the way we process and grant certifications

●     Our final thoughts on certifications


Connect with Matt Colaciello:


●     Matt Colaciello on LinkedIn


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