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AppNexus, a Xandr Company

Building to a Global AppNexus Community Through Inclusiveness

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner AppNexus, and published on July 25, 2018. Go to AppNexus' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

In 2018, AppNexus is building to a global community in which each AppNexian feels safe being their authentic self in all aspects of work, through inclusiveness. An environment in which this is possible necessitates the development of best-in-class practices, through inward reflection on AppNexus' progress and misses thus far, and outward observation of international employment trends and metrics.

Led by Antoinette Hamilton, our Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Experience, we have created a program of diversity and inclusion objectives for 2018 that we will report the results of in Q2 of 2019.

They fall into three key areas:

(1) Diversify the Pipeline

  • 50/50 gender equity in new hires at manager and above level
  • 29% of tech roles filled by women
  • 25% of new hires in the United States are People of Color
  • 50% women and non-binary or underrepresented group diversity in our Summer internship class

Diversity of thought triggers innovation. While tech companies have historically sought "Culture Fits," AppNexus is looking for "Culture Adds" – new hires who bring heterogenous skills and perspectives to our teams. Diversifying our pipeline thus encompasses tracks to proactively source and attract diverse candidates through external partnerships and events, and fortify our hiring journey with bias interrupters, which ensure that in every step of the process, stakeholders are aware of unconscious obstacles to diverse hiring.

(2) Conscious Inclusion

  • 75% employee participation in diversity and inclusion trainings like Ally Skills Training and Inclusive Leadership
  • Increase engagement with underrepresented communities by leveraging the AppNexus affinity groups to galvanize external community initiatives
  • Launch a global "back to work" framework for AppNexus parents, looking at the most appropriate and supportive structure for employees returning from parental leave

Conscious inclusion is the step following the acknowledgement of unconscious bias: Now that I am aware, how am I going to act? AppNexus will continue to provide and require diversity and inclusion trainings internationally, as well as expanding analyses of our workplace practices and policies, to ensure every aspect of our daily community experience bolsters our employees and affinity groups.

(3) Global Belonging

  • Stand up a new global (versus US-centric) Diversity & Inclusion Council to oversee our initiatives
  • Build diversity and inclusion geo-specific actions plans to drive inclusiveness across our international markets
  • Create tools to enable business- and purpose-driven affinity groups

AppNexus offices span the globe, and we strive to create diversity and inclusion plans that fit each region. With an eye to global employee feedback, we are building geo-specific action plans for our global teams that leverage and expand our affinity groups, redefine what it means to be an AppNexus Culture Champion, and engage our international offices across events like OutNexus Pride Week and our Women's Leadership Forum.

Bridging these three categories is the goal to develop external partnerships with organizations that support inclusion in tech, people with disabilities, and veterans (in our US market.)

We are excited to methodically set about these goals, building on our momentum and our employees' unwaveringly impressive and expressive engagement. At the heart of all our efforts lies the belief that hiring the best and hiring diverse teams are one and the same. We are stronger together when we are different, and so is AppNexus.

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If you are a New York based tech professional and you'd like to attend this event, please email your name and LinkedIn URL to events@powertofly.com.

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Founded in 2012, Peloton brought top talent together in its Silicon Alley headquarters to create a new concept in fitness. In their words, "We loved cycling but had a hard time finding a workout that consistently fit our schedules, and our at-home workouts never felt quite up to par. So, we set out to create a world-class indoor cycling studio experience on your time, and in the comfort of your own home."

This event is your chance to hear directly from the women tech leaders and allies who make their revolutionary products like the Peloton Bike, Peloton Tread and Peloton App possible. We'll be devoting a large portion of the event to taking your questions and I know the Peloton team wants to hear from you!

The unique evening will take place on Wednesday, February 12th from 6pm to 8:30pm at 125 W 25th Street.

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