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The Network Gap w/ Dr. Charles Ramos
Episode 41st February 2021 • The AT Last Podcast • AT LAST
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In the episode the AT Last team discusses the Network Gap with close friend and colleague Dr. Charles Ramos. In particular, research pertaining to the network gap and strategies to close the network gap are discussed. Dr. Charles Ramos is the Sports Medicine Program Manager at Diablo Valley College where he is a clinician and educator.

Show Notes

  1. The network Gap
  2. Who you know matters1:
  3. >70% of professionals get hired at companies where they have a connection
  4. On LinkedIn applicants referred to a job by a current employee are 9 times more likely to get hired
  5. The gap = networks are not distributed equally
  6. The following can give you 12x advantage in gaining access to opportunity1
  7. Where you grow up
  8. Zip code with median income over 100K is nearly 3x more likely to have a stronger network than a member in lower income zip
  9. Where you go to school
  10. Top colleges2 = 2x more likely for strong network
  11. Where you work
  12. Working at a top company3 = 2x more likely for strong network
  13. Action Items
  14. Students
  15. See non profits below
  16. AT Last is looking for an AT student intern
  17. Network dense professionals
  18. Plus one Pledge4 = before helping a person who looks like you (example: informational interview), help someone outside of your network.
  19. Host a Jeffersonian Style Dinner6
  20. Volunteer to mentor with a nonprofit that is closing the network gap4: Basta, Braven, Beyond12, Mentor, Year Up
  21. If you are in a position to hire5
  22. Interview diverse candidates
  23. Intentionally recruit from HBCUs
  24. Give interview feedback to a candidate who comes from a diverse background (think plus one pledge)
  25. Diversify your staff and leverage your diverse staff to provide referrals from their networks
  26. References
  27. Garlinghouse M. Closing the Network Gap. LinkedIn Official Blog. 2019
  31. Wuench J. The Network Gap Worsens Amidst Covid-19, and What You Can Do About It. Forbes. 2020
  33. Contact/Support/Questions/Comments
  34. How to contact the initiative to support, collaborate, ask questions:
  35. Email:
  36. GoFundMe
  38. CATA virtual symposium 2021
  39. Registration link:
  40. Guest Contact info
  41. LinkedIn:
  42. Gratitude and Blessings
  43. Artwork by Jason Eisenberg
  44. Instagram: @dots_and_squares
  45. LinkedIn:
  46. Intro/Outro music by Willie B the Ichiban Don
  47. Instagram: @ichibandon
  48. LinkedIn:
  49. Production / Engineering / Editing / Content Creation
  50. Joseph “J Pash” Patrick
  51. Website:
  52. Twitter: @passionnetpro
  53. Instagram: @passionnetpro
  54. Facebook:
  55. LinkedIn:
  56. Gerson Sandoval
  57. Instagram: @thesoundarchitects
  58. Websites: