True, a platform of talent management products and services, will acquire Jopwell, which focuses its hiring tools on Black, Latinx and Native American students, as well as early-to-mid-career professionals.
The companies said Jopwell complements the executive-level recruitment focus of True Search and its sister organization, AboveBoard. True says the acquisition positions it as the leading technology and services firm for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in leadership.
Jopwell CEO Ryan Williams and Executive Chairman Porter Braswell will continue to lead the company as a business unit within True Platform. Jopwell’s 130,000 community members – 96% of whom self-identify as Black, Latinx and/or Native American – can access opportunities from partners across a list of brands including American Express, BlackRock, Bloomberg, Deloitte, Citi, Google and Johnson & Johnson.
“This partnership with True’s global reach and resources expands the value we deliver to our partners and community members,” said Jopwell’s Williams. “We’re aligned from our technology roots to our shared visions for disrupting the talent industry for the better of all people.”
Williams and Braswell started Jopwell after meeting on the trading floor of Goldman Sachs, where they discovered a common interest in finding a better way to connect talent from underrepresented groups and leading employers employers. From its initial launch in 2014, Jopwell has facilitated tens of thousands of connections between its community members and partners.
“The truth is that you can’t improve diversity at the executive level by working at the executive level alone,” said Jopwell Executive Chairman Braswell. Jopwell’s strategy is to assist employers as they work to recruit, hire and retain underrepresented talent and develop high-potential employees, he said.
The True Platform is comprised of a collection of brands including True Search (retained executive search), TrueBridge (advisory, interim and fractional executive placement), Thrive (Talent CRM software) and Synthesis (leadership assessment and development tools). The company’s AboveBoard and Jopwell help companies meet their DEI goals.