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Diversity & Inclusion

Anti-Racism Resources

We know that we cannot claim to be committed to diversity and inclusion without speaking out against the overt and covert forms of racism faced by the Black community on a daily basis. To build diverse and inclusive workplaces, we need to start with equity. No workplace can be inclusive without making space for tough conversations and speaking up for what's right.


We're reading, we're listening, and we're educating ourselves on how we can do better. And we're working with the companies and leaders that partner with us to do the same—to not only speak out against injustice, but to take actions to create equity and combat racism within and outside of their organizations.

We shared some of the resources we've been using as an organization here, but we wanted to create this post to serve as a living document that we will continue to add to and update regularly. Have feedback or questions? Email us at hi@powertofly.com.

(And if you've read this far and find yourself questioning whether this strong of a reaction is really necessary, we'd like to challenge you to start here—and keep in mind that that article was written in 1989, but not much has changed since then.)

Coping at Work

Articles

Understanding Systemic Racism and White Privilege

Articles to Read

Books to Read

More here. You can also check out the NYT's anti-racist reading list here. And see if you can purchase any of the books you'd like to read from one of these Black-owned bookstores.


Films to Watch

  • Destin Daniel Cretton's legal drama Just Mercy⁣
  • Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th
  • DuVernay's Historical Drama Selma

More here.

Videos Under 10 Minutes

Talking About Race with Your Kids

What Next?

Places You Can Donate

  • The Bail Project: The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial contingent on paying bail.
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund
  • Black Lives Matter: Support the fight against state-sanctioned anti-Black violence and systemic racism.
  • National Black Bailout Fund: Help end systems of mass incarceration and free imprisoned Black mothers..
  • Louisville Community Bail Fund: Contribute to bail for protestors in Louisville.
  • Black Visions Collective: Fund campaigns to empower Black communities in Minnesota.
  • Reclaim the Block: Help Minneapolis community and city council members move money from the police department into areas that promote community health and safety.

Additional Resources for Allyship

Career Advice

Growing Your Career in Technical Support: 4 Tips for Getting Hired at Elastic from Support Director Heidi Sager

Heidi Sager loves math, but she also loves working with people.

She always has, which is why she enjoyed her part-time job working at the IT department of the University of Colorado while she was studying electrical engineering. (She'd started in computer science, but explains that it "wasn't for her" and switched her major.) She helped students and professors with word processors, basic programming, and software checkout, and took a full-time job after graduation as a UNIX system administrator.

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3 Women, 7 Lessons: What These Relativity Leaders Learned in 2020

Working at Relativity—the global tech company that equips legal and compliance professionals with a powerful data-organizing and discovery platform—looked different in 2020. The highly collaborative environment of their Chicago headquarters transitioned to a virtual setting, and just like companies around the country, Relativity adapted their goals and major projects to a completely remote environment.

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For Employers

8 (Virtual) Diversity Conferences to Attend in 2021

As you set your personal and professional priorities for 2021, is a diversity and inclusion conference on your agenda? If not, it should be—particularly after 2020's pandemic and racial reckoning have brought D&I issues to the forefront for many.
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Career Advice

Finding Her Sport: Being Part of the Team in a Startup Environment

A Conversation with Vouch's Lead Designer Carrie Phillips

Carrie Phillips was working at a healthcare startup when she connected with one of Vouch Insurance's founders, a friend of a friend from university. The idea he and his cofounder were working on: a way to solve the business insurance problem, piqued her interest. "I was pretty familiar with how broken insurance was," says Carrie, who was interested in the mission, as well as the chance to be their first full-time hire and help build the product from the ground up.
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