9/18, we kicked off our Talent Innovation Summit with an afternoon-long Diversity and Inclusion forum. More than 4 hours of insights later, we remembered the sessions that made us pause, laugh and reflect.
So if you didn’t hear from our speakers on Day 1 of our Talent Innovation Summit, what exactly did you miss?
1. “Why are we all here? Because we’re figuring this out together. Diversity and inclusion is something we all share and own.” – our CEO, Sarah Nahm, opens with what compelled us to host a Diversity and Inclusion Forum in the first place.
2. “It’s our responsibility, our moral obligation to stand with those from marginalized groups.” – Tariq Meyers, Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Lyft, reflects on the essential role that recruiting plays in building an inclusive culture.
3. “Bias embeds itself in every people process. What are you doing to avoid it?” – Katee Van Horn, VP of Engagement and Inclusion at GoDaddy challenges our audience to combat unconscious bias, despite it’s universality and inevitability.
4. “My role is to listen, learn, sit down, shut up, and elevate.” – Brian Ganninger, Senior Mac Developer at Atlassian, reflects upon the majority’s role in engendering a workplace that empowers employees from all backgrounds.
5. “Gender is made up of three parts: biological sex, gender identity, and gender expression. It’s who we feel we are and how we express that to the community.” – Shannon Scott, Founding President at United Equality Consulting, lays down the framework for understanding and facilitating transgender inclusion.
6.“There’s a difference between calling in and calling out. The key to unlocking progress is making sure empathy goes both ways.” – Aubrey Blanche, Global Head of D&I at Atlassian, underscores the value in understanding even the most unpopular, divergent perspectives on your team.
7. “Tackle big diversity and inclusion challenges by breaking them down and focusing on one step at a time.” – Lever’s Jennifer Kim reminds our audience that as much as we may want it to, sweeping change can’t happen all at once.
8. “Inclusion equals high belongingness and high value in uniqueness.” – Bernard Coleman, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Uber, reflects upon what it truly means to foster inclusion.
9. “When companies get D&I right, they think about it from the start. When they do start prioritizing it at employee 50, it could be too late.” – Stacey Bishop, Partner at Scale Venture Partners, shares what makes some diversity and inclusion efforts work, and others fail.
10. “I think the term ‘safe space’ is problematic, and supports those who are privileged. I believe in the term ‘brave space'”. – Amir Moini, Social Media Manager at Netflix, reminds our audience that to drive progress in D&I, you have to engage in conversations that are often sensitive and uncomfortable.