Patterson leaves Doyle to bring more diversity to region

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After more than four years of working as an aide to Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle, K. Chase Patterson has resigned from his position to begin a new business venture that will offer services to assist corporations in their efforts to diversify their companies and bring new talent to the region.

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K. CHASE PATTERSON

Patterson, Doyle’s former liaison to the Departments of Homeland Security, Immigration, State and Education, has left his position and partnered with Chuck Sanders, to become the CEO and president of Corporate Diversity Associates, LLC, a cost effective and innovative talent acquisition service that supports corporations and institutions in their diversity and inclusion efforts of recruiting, retaining and relocating top minority talent to the Pittsburgh area and surrounding region. Sanders will also serve as the chief advisor.

Patterson said his time of working with Congressman Doyle was good, but it is time for him to grow.

“I am a spiritual person and I believe I’ve had great counselors, mentors and consultants. I am comfortable that based on my faith in the Lord and my mentors and consultants that this is the right move,” he said. He added that diversity is an important part of a corporation and that he believes CDA is positioned to be a leading provider of support services.

CDA will offer clients several components to their business, such as a Corporate Diversity Network where corporations will be given the opportunity to post job opportunities, along with opportunities for minority owned businesses. Their clients will also be able to access and search their extensive network of profiles for qualified candidates and small businesses that meet their needs for the positions they have available.

Their network will include profiles and information of top minority talent gathered from traveling the country and attending national and local conventions and conferences, colleges and universities, law schools, as well as various conferences held by fraternities and sororities. Candidates will not only be able to upload and post their resumes and cover letters, but also receive updates on potential jobs and business opportunities.

Patterson said the network will give corporations the opportunity to access a diverse talent pool of top minority candidates and a competitive edge to stay ahead of their competition.

Along with their network, CDA will also offer a Welcome Home service, which is offered to clients to assist in the relocation efforts of potential candidates and new hires. CDA will conduct a pre-visit survey to find out what the candidate is looking for in their prospective new home and then design a customized introduction and tour of the city, along with a social or professional matchup of individuals, all based upon their needs and their responses given in the survey.

“I love this city and we want to do a better job of marketing and selling what this region has to offer,” Patterson said.

While Patterson sees this as a great opportunity for African-Americans in Pittsburgh and the region, his goal is for CDA to expand its services and open locations in other cities and regions. For more information on CDA, visit http://www.corpdiversity.com or email info@corpdiver­sity.com.

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