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Fair Chance Hiring: Good for Justice, Good for Business

Gopika Mavalankar July 13, 2022

Sometimes we set the bar too low – that has been the case with employers and fair chance hiring. Instead of seeing possibility and potential, a myth is perpetuated that fair chance hiring is seen as exceptional instead of expected. In reality, fair chance hiring is about justice, but it is also about good business.  

There is a growing interest in fair chance hiring which opens significant opportunities for people records. After taking this first step – corporations can play a much more dynamic role in advancing economic mobility for people with records. JFF’s Lucrecia Murphy at the Center for Justice and Economic Advancement will lead a hybrid fireside chat-workshop on how to expand fair chance hiring for employers. Speakers from the Checkr Foundation, Responsible Business Initiatives in Justice, and Action for Racial Equity will share how employers benefit when they develop equitable practices for people with records.   

In a workshop structure, these speakers will share foundational information about fair chance hiring but then also engage participants in a discussion about actions that corporate leaders can take to address their concerns for talent acquisition and advance equity and justice in society.  




Meta Themes

  • Justice


Criminal justice; entrepreneurship; fair chance

Purpose and Desired Outcome

As a result of this session: 1) Participants will be able to make the case that hiring people with records is good for individuals AND good for business and 2) corporate leaders will be aware of national initiatives that create opportunity for corporate leadership to move beyond just “hiring” people with records to promote economic mobility .


  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameLucrecia Murphy
  • TitleDirector Center for Justice and Economic Advancement
  • OrganizationJobs for the Future
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameShamia Lodge
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationAction for Racial Equity
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameCelia Ouellette
  • TitleFounder and President
  • OrganizationResponsible Business Initiatives in Justice
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameKen Oliver
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationCheckr
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
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