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JPMorgan Chase (JPMC), which announced in 2015 plans to hire over 1,800 Delawareans for the company’s technology divisions by 2019, is growing into quite a fintech leader in Delaware. Not that it’s common knowledge just yet.
Wendy Duckrey, who leads JPMC tech recruiting efforts, recalls confused reactions to the large financial services company’s presence at Technical.ly’s Super Meetups in Wilmington and Philly.
“I felt like people were looking at me like, ‘What are you doing here?'” she said with a laugh. “They know it as a bank, not a tech company.”
It’s a reputation Duckrey hopes to change with the company’s involvement with coding competition OpenBracket, as well as the diversity recruiting event she’s hosting at JPMC’s Delaware Technology Center on Sept. 28 from 6–8:30 p.m.
Built on the old AstraZeneca complex in Wilmington, the Technology Center is the reason JPMC is adding so many tech jobs in areas like application development, cybersecurity, technical business analysis and big data, among others.
The focus of this month’s recruitment event will be diversity, according to organizers:
We – and our clients and customers – have experienced first-hand the benefits of being actively inclusive, operating as a meritocracy, and embracing diversity to harness the talent and experience of our best individuals. As our Business Principles make clear, building a great team and a winning culture means fostering a work environment of respect and inclusion. Ours is a culture where individuals of an ethnicity, nationality, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, physical ability – or other attribute that makes a person unique – have the opportunity to excel based on their performance and contribution to the firm. Simply put, we understand that our collective diversity is our strength and leads to the best solutions for our clients.
Attendees will have the opportunity to interview with hiring managers at the event, as well tour the Center and learn about JPMC’s technology and network. The registration deadline for this event is Thursday, Sept. 21.
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