Publishing executive Roberta Renard founded Renard Communications in 1993 to fill the need for a publication focused on technical careers for groups traditionally underrepresented in technology. Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine was launched in September of that year.
Renard Communications is a small company with an international reach. The bi-monthly Diversity/Careers and its companion website, www.diversitycareers.com, serve engineering and IT professionals who are women, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans, people with disabilities, veterans, and members of the LGBT community and other diversity groups. Readers turn to Diversity/Careers for information on a marquee list of multi-national corporations, government agencies and NGOs seeking to recruit seasoned professionals and recent college graduates. Supplier diversity coverage addresses diverse entrepreneurs and business owners; colleges and universities are covered in two additional issues each year. Subscriptions, electronic or hard-copy, are free to qualified engineers, information technology professionals and small business owners.
Diversity/Careers representatives cover diversity-focused technical and career events nationwide. In 2009, Diversity/Careers executives were invited to the Obama White House for an interview with the first African American executive residence director. The White House, along with many other government agencies, receives a copy of each issue of the magazine.
In 2004, Renard Communications was certified as a woman-owned business enterprise by the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization-NY. WPEO is the regional affiliate of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States.
Despite its small size – fewer than 30 employees – Renard Communications has been a supporter of NJIT for the last decade. In 2002, Renard Communications endowed an ongoing scholarship fund at the Albert Dorman Honors College of NJIT. Recipients are undergraduates in technical majors who are women or people of color. To date, more than a dozen Renard Scholars have received help from the fund. NJIT was chosen for the endowment because of its commitment to educating inner-city minority and women students, especially in technical fields like engineering, architecture and information technology.
Founder and CEO Roberta Renard has served on the Board of Visitors of NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College since 2002. In appreciation of ongoing support from Renard Communications, in 2010 the Albert Dorman Honors College established the Roberta Renard Student Council Office in Fenster Hall to serve members of the Albert Dorman Honors Council. In the spring of 2011 the Honors College senior class honored her with an award for “exceptional support.”