How Leaders Can Support Their Black Employees
A five-step framework for addressing systematic racism at work
The world has changed in the past few weeks.
We're watching corporations and organizations across the world come out in support of Black lives in droves. Many of those organizations are doing so for the first time in their history.
But supporting Black people goes beyond sharing a mission statement or putting out a press release. It requires dedicated, ongoing work and resources.
As leaders in the Diversity and Inclusion space, PowerToFly has been getting questions from business leaders on what else they can do. How can they make Black employees feel supported at work? What kind of analysis should they be doing on their own processes and policies to root out systematic racism they may be perpetuating? And how can they keep these conversations about race and racism going even after the media coverage has died down?
A few weeks ago, in my role as PowerToFly's Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, I held a chat-and-learn two weeks ago focused on how individuals could be better allies to their Black colleagues and friends. (You can watch a recording of our conversation here and read my summary of takeaways here.) Two weeks ago, I held another webinar, this time focused specifically on what leaders—whether CEOs, executives, HR managers, or frontline team leads—can do to support their Black employees. You can watch a replay or read on for my summary of key points and advice on the subject.
A reminder: none of what's going on right now is a Black problem. This is an American problem and even a global problem. Black people cannot end systematic racism or white supremacy, and we need white Americans and other allies to work together to end it. We need everyone in the boat with us, rowing together, if we're to see any real change. I know that fighting for that change isn't always comfortable or easy, but it's vital that we do it. It's especially important that all of you leaders, who have seats at the table to change policy and be actively anti-racist in your organizations, do it.
Thank you for joining the fight.
A five-step framework for addressing systematic racism at work
Most of us were taught not to discuss race, politics, or religion at work. But times are different now, and ignoring how race and racism impact work is the wrong thing to do. It's vital to address racism in the workplace not just for your employees, but also for the general public, who are noticing which companies are speaking up for what's right and which companies aren't. It'll be increasingly important in the future for leaders to commit to this change as workers and consumers alike seek to align themselves with organizations that share their values.
To aid you as you start doing that work, here are five steps you can take to start addressing racism at the workplace.
1. Get comfortable with having candid conversations about race.
There's no such thing as being colorblind. Saying so is problematic. We can't address the things that need to be fixed if we don't see color. Start by acknowledging that there are certain groups of people who are treated differently or haven't had the same opportunities. Start by accepting that you don't have all (or even any) of the answers, but that you're committed to working towards them.
2. Do regular, mandatory training on inclusivity, sensitivity, and other race-related topics.
Most workplaces have certain courses that are required, at least for managers and leaders, like sexual harassment courses or compliance training. If you want to make it clear that race is important and that racism won't be tolerated at your workplace, you need to invest in mandatory inclusivity training.
It has to be more than just a check-the-box activity. Your approach can't be, "Oh, everybody took unconscious bias training, we're good to go."
Just like anything else in your business that you really care about, you'll need to devote money and time to actively dismantling systematic oppression. That looks like monthly or quarterly workshops, having a speaker series where you invite SMEs to take on diversity topics, and investing in a D&I leader or in a resource group and partnering with them to regularly train and educate your workforce.
3. Address systemic issues in how you hire, pay, and promote employees.
A Black Lives Matter press statement is necessary but not sufficient when it comes to addressing racism at your company. It's a great first step, but if you don't start addressing and making changes beyond the company values section of your website, it's all for naught.
Start by looking at your salaries. Is there equity in what you're paying Black employees compared to white employees? Don't assume that there is without taking the time to analyze the situation.
Do the same for employee promotion rates. Who is moving up into bigger management jobs—and who isn't?
Look at project allocation, too. Are the same people getting the same chances to appear and present in front of executives? Are your Black employees getting opportunities to work on stretch projects?
Once you understand where the inequities are in your business, address them. These issues have deep-rooted causes and won't go away overnight. You'll need to come up with an action plan and start working against it.
4. Review your employee referral program.
While employee referral programs can be great, they are often not the best way to attract diverse candidates. If you have a mostly male white workforce, then your employee referrals are going to reflect that. The majority of companies don't have diverse workforces, which warrants a closer look at how these programs are implemented.
Consider running specialized referral programs through employee resource groups for underrepresented minorities. If you have a Black or Latinx group, for instance, work with your HR or Recruiting teams to source referrals from those pools.
5. Create executive sponsorship opportunities for Black employees.
Sponsors can make or break a career path. They can fast-track someone to a leadership role, create opportunities, and give an employee cover to try something new. But if Black employees haven't had a chance to get in front of executives—if they aren't playing golf with them, going out to dinners and lunches with them, or working with them on high-priority projects—they won't get those benefits. Add an explicit diversity focus to current sponsorship initiatives, and if none exist, create them in partnership with ERGs.
Tips and guidance to inform your approach
In implementing the above five steps, you may find yourself feeling unsure or uncomfortable. That's natural, especially if discussing race is something you haven't done before. Remember that to do this work well, you need to be willing to listen and to learn. Below, I've provided answers to some community-sourced questions on how exactly to do that.
How can I navigate a conversation with Black employees in a way that makes them feel supported?
As business and HR leaders, you might be wired to be very solution-oriented and to want to fix things for your employees. But you can't immediately fix racism or fix an employee's experience with it at work.
When talking about race with employees, do not make it about you. If an employee is talking to you about what they're feeling or going through, you can say things like, "I'm so sorry you're going through that" or "I hate that you're feeling that way" or "I care about you." Do not say "I know what you're going through" if you don't. Do not apologize on behalf of the white race or in any other way make it about what you're feeling, whether that's guilt or frustration or anything else. Just listen.
How can I—or should I—check on Black employees without disrupting their privacy?
Keep in mind that Black people have been taught to assimilate and blend in as much as possible, especially at work. Being called out at work specifically for being Black is not going to be a comfortable thing for many people. Do not zero in on the one Black person on your team in a meeting, for instance, and ask them how they're doing with everything that's going on.
If you are going to do a check-in, do it in a one-on-one setting. Give your employee an opportunity to give you cues. Are they bringing up what's happening in the news? Are they sharing that they went to a protest? If not, maybe they don't want to talk about it.
If you decide to check in anyway, don't direct the conversation. Tell them that you're there to help if they want to talk and that you want to know how they're feeling. But if they don't want to engage, let it go. Remember, this is not about you and what you think you need to do to be a good or inclusive leader. This is about your Black employees and what they are feeling.
How can I address colleagues who have implied or explicitly stated that they are not allies?
Be conscious of your energy. There are policies to create at work. There are protests to attend in your neighborhood. There are kids to raise and jobs to do. Investing time in someone who does not care or opposes who you are or what you believe in is not good for you, so minimize those debates and focus on what you can change.
That being said, don't change your message to make people comfortable. Now is a time to take a stance. If your colleagues aren't willing to do that, it might be time to leave them behind.
How can a primarily white team or organization support the Black community right now, especially if financial levers like expanding hiring aren't available?
It's important to move towards creating a more equitable workplace and culture even if you don't have a Black employee on your team. It's the right thing to do. Remember that allyship is essential, and that white allies can have huge influence within organizations and communities. So start with the five steps above. If you have a budget beyond that, invest it in additional D&I training. Provide resources for doing anti-racist work in-house. Dedicate time every week in your team meeting to talk on topics relevant to the Black Lives Matter movement, whether that's defining what being an ally is, learning about systemic oppression, or brainstorming ways to get involved in your local community.
How can I use levers to make sure my internal and external recruiting is as diverse as possible without being discriminatory?
First of all, there's nothing discriminatory about asking for a diverse slate of candidates, whether you're asking an external recruiter or an internal team. You're not promising anyone a job based on their identity; you just want to make an effort to see a range of candidates. Hiring diversely doesn't happen by chance. You don't post a job and then just see a flood of resumes that perfectly represent all races and identities. That's called the "post and pray" approach and it's destined to fail.
If you're hiring internally, start by going to employee groups and encouraging group members to apply. Ask if they have anyone they'd recommend for the position. Make an effort to ensure that people know about open opportunities and what you're looking for.
If you have a recruiter or sourcer working with you, tell them that you want to look at a diverse pool of candidates.
These are tough subjects to tackle and doing so will require sustained focus and resources. Thank you for doing this work. If there's anything we at PowerToFly can do to help as you continue down the path towards becoming an actively anti-racist organization, please feel free to reach out to me and my team at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Women have always had a lot on their plates, juggling their professional goals with societal expectations and responsibilities to their families, partners, and communities.
But women have never had a year like 2020.
Hosting a Leadership Day — Facebook<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwNjE3NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMTQ2NDIzMn0.BZZ6U0QdV-WBVPiaD90z2JiqnK5ITVfT5PBCvEWnwME/img.jpg?width=980" id="fb10d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="329cb46191a61060f2319f9a42c7b026" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2500" data-height="1668" /><p>"Our Women@ employee resource group is hosting Women@ Leadership Day on Monday, March 8 to bring together women from across the company to celebrate, empower and develop leadership at all levels. This year's theme is 'Lead with Me — Uniquely You, Uniquely Powerful.'</p><p>At Facebook, women tap into their unique background and lived experiences to define how they lead. We fearlessly live our mission inside and outside of our company, giving others the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Each woman is uniquely powerful, and together we're an unstoppable force."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/facebook-inc" target="_blank">Learn more about Facebook and their open positions.</a></p>
Launching a Gender and Finance Hub — Moody’s<p>"In honor of International Women's Day, Moody's will launch a designated Gender and Finance hub featuring a range of our business offerings, leadership programs and community partnerships that center on promoting gender equality.</p><p>In addition, our employee-led Women's Business Resource Group will hold a range of virtual events and activities around the world to celebrate the accomplishments of women and address the barriers women still face in the workplace and greater society. Throughout March, we will profile leading women at Moody's to recognize their contributions and give them a platform for guiding the next generation of leaders."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/moody-s-corporation" target="_blank">Learn more about Moody's and their open positions.</a></p>
Spotlight Sessions, Workshops, and a Kudos Board — MongoDB<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjY3OC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTIzMDcwN30.IvaYzhAgZ7tvLyIhDlyBL7-N97CNQD0yBc5X7HXCX_s/img.png?width=980" id="f78f1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c622af0db602ba4f3b625a48b13fa879" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Women at MongoDB\u2019s watching a panel discussion" data-width="948" data-height="714" />
MongoDB's 2019 International Women's Day event in NYC<p>"We're actively working to increase representation at every level. This is done through the investment in programs to mentor and accelerate the development of high potential talent to grow into leadership roles, enabling managers to become inclusive leaders, constantly reviewing our processes for effectiveness and fairness, and diversifying our candidate pool through internal initiatives and external partnerships like PowerToFly.</p> <p>MongoDB is celebrating Women's History Month with a variety of events:</p><ul><li>Spotlight sessions with various internal MongoDB Women's Group speakers who will share their strengths and skills with other members</li><li>A workshop session with four MongoDB women leaders titled 'Being a Woman Leader and Growing Your Career'</li><li>A Women in Engineering panel with two external speakers, highlighting women with successful careers in engineering </li><li>An internal kudos board where women and allies can give shoutouts to their women peers</li><li>Global purple shirt day on International Women's Day</li><li>A women and allies Yoga and Meditation session"</li></ul>
Celebrating the Year of the Woman 2.0 — Freddie Mac<p>"Freddie Mac supports the development of our community of women by providing opportunities for networking, leadership and career development using internal programming and external organizations that enable us to retain and attract talent. Our Women's Interactive Network (WIN) Business Resource Group is hosting activities throughout Women's History Month that celebrate the resilience and power of women.</p><ul><li>'Get Out of Your Own Way' workshop featuring author and executive coach, Regan Walsh</li><li>'Women Surviving and Thriving Covid-19' roundtable with Freddie Mac leaders</li><li>Kick-off series on refining and developing leadership skills with Jacqueline M. Baker, Principal Consultant and Founder of Scarlet Communications"</li></ul><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/freddie-mac" target="_blank">Learn more about Freddie Mac and their open positions.</a></p>
Challenging Hiring Practices — Elastic<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjY5MC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNjYwMDg5M30.xEDobloLFbxEOK-hbCwTDjkyuQCZ8lvLEm_zs8nJGtQ/img.png?width=980" id="6e1c6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="cc9a04edbce0fa7a6d25dedf012d7865" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Photos of employees in Elastic\u2019s Singapore office celebrating the #EachForEqual theme of IWD last year, making the equal sign with their arms" data-width="998" data-height="752" />
Elastic's Singapore office celebrating the #EachForEqual theme of IWD last year<p><br>"We've been working towards wider female representation in leadership positions at Elastic. We recently doubled down on our commitment towards challenging a male-dominated field with<a href="https://www.elastic.co/blog/equal-pay-at-elastic-going-beyond-just-good-enough?ultron=eb&blade=powertofly&hulk=social" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> our equal pay policy</a>,<a href="https://www.elastic.co/blog/international-womens-day-2020-each-for-equal-at-elastic" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> these internal initiatives</a>, and by filling several senior-level positions with top female professionals. </p><p><br>Elastic is celebrating Women's History Month (WHM) and International Women's Day (IWD) by amplifying female voices throughout the organization. First, we're releasing a variety of content on our culture blog this month including a statement from Leah Sutton, our senior vice president of global human resources at Elastic, on how we're meeting the #ChooseToChallenge in our hiring practices. We'll also release a roundup of recent blog posts featuring our female leadership. Finally, our Elastic Cares team will hold sessions throughout the month to encourage volunteering with organizations that empower women both in the workplace and in day-to-day life."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/facebook-inc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Elastic and their open positions.</a></p>
A Day of Reflection — Chainalysis<p>"International Women's Day is one of Chainalysis's Days of Reflection (Company Holidays focused on DE&I). To celebrate, the Diversity Committee has planned several events including a panel discussing 'Can crypto help solve gender inequality?', a Linkedin campaign featuring some amazing women at Chainalysis, 'Wear Purple' day, and a Linkedin Power Hour inspired by PowerToFly to name just a few!"</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/chainalysis" target="_blank">Learn more about Chainalysis and their open positions.</a></p>
A Holistic Program to Educate and Engage — ServiceNow<p>"At ServiceNow, we've increased women in leadership (director-plus) by nearly 8% in just three years. We've also been intentional about diversifying our board of directors, which is now 30% women. One of our most effective programs has been our annual Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Leadership Summit). It has brought together new and established female leaders, along with male allies, to learn to combat bias and microaggressions, as well as how to combine caring with candor for powerful conversations.</p><p>ServiceNow is proud to be celebrating International Women's Day with our employees globally. We've worked closely with our Women at Now Belonging Group (ERG) to develop a holistic program that will inspire, educate, and engage employees globally, including:</p><ul><li>A series of events focused on dialogue around allyship and intersectionality</li><li>Employee voices from around the world sharing what they will personally 'choose to challenge' </li><li>Featured article in <a href="https://fairygodboss.com/company-overview/servicenow" target="_blank">FairyGodBoss </a>on why ServiceNow is a top company for women </li><li>Thought leadership content and blogs shared on our social media channels focused on amplifying ServiceNow's support for gender equity and belonging."</li></ul><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/servicenow" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about ServiceNow and their open positions.</a></p>
Investing in Talent — Datadog<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjcxMS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2NDIzMTExM30.Za3_diMyNoBZCjC0QmnoinzECi6gsuvIPCptUuRNyC8/img.png?width=980" id="09a15" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="937412fa1026217a4af966381b859fae" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="\u200bPicture of female leaders and employees at Datadog's IPO in 2019" data-width="992" data-height="556" />
Female leaders and employees at Datadog's IPO in 2019<p>Per Armelle de Madre, Datadog's Chief HR Officer:</p><p>"In 2020, Datadog was able to increase our representation of women in leadership by 220%. And we're excited to continue building on that momentum in 2021 and beyond. While we place emphasis on better diversifying our candidate pipeline by partnering with organizations such as PowerToFly, we also aim to create an environment of education and empowerment internally at Datadog to encourage female employees to grow into positions of leadership. </p><p>At Datadog we are incredibly excited to be co-hosting an International Women's Day <a href="https://datadog.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8BBP77fkQ06vyi-cIbD3xw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">webinar event</a> for both employees and external attendees featuring a panel of prominent female Sales leaders from Datadog, Microsoft and OpenView. </p><p>Internally, we wanted to promote the intersectionality of gender and ethnic diversity in line with both Black History Month and Women's History Month, and in February we were honored to welcome Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of <em>Hidden Figures</em>, for a Q&A with Datadog employees to learn what drove Margot to tell this story that forever changed the course of computer science at NASA, and inspired the movie of the same name. </p><p>In addition, we're excited to be partnering with Bravely for an internal presentation for employees on 'Women at Work,' a fireside chat with Sarah Sheehan and Ericka Spradley, which will be followed by career coaching sessions for Datadog's female employees."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/datadog" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about DataDog and their open positions.</a></p>
Leading by Design — Deloitte<p>"We are committed to investing in our women. In November 2020, as part of this commitment, we introduced Leadership by Design, a program aimed at helping professionals shape and advance their career paths at Deloitte. Since its launch, more than 1,200 women across all levels have enrolled in Leadership by Design.</p><p>On March 8th, Deloitte will hold a conversation with champions and thought leaders in gender equity around how they each have harnessed their own power to challenge orthodoxies in their respective fields, and the world."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/deloitte1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Deloitte and their open positions.</a></p>
Celebrating with Songs, Speakers, and Support — New Relic<p>"To celebrate Womxn's History Month, New Relic will be celebrating through various events, social media spotlights, and non-profit donations. The list of events includes:</p><ul><li>Guided meditations</li><li>Movie nights</li><li>Womxn's History trivia games</li><li>Guest speaker events</li><li>Distant disco nights featuring strong womxn songstresses</li><li>Career development in partnership with Dress For Success</li></ul> <p>We'll also be highlighting our Womxn ERG in the #ChooseToChallenge campaign, supporting Womxn entrepreneurs through Kiva, and donating to Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation."</p> <p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/new-relic" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about New Relic and their open positions.</a></p>
Global, Local, and Inclusive — Smartsheet<p>"We're focused on encouraging our employees to stretch and grow within Smartsheet. We're working to launch an internal job board that will provide employees the opportunity to apply for roles before the role is posted externally. We're pairing this work with diverse candidate slate goals for our most senior roles to ensure we have considered diversity of talent. By giving our current employees the first opportunity at our open roles and holding ourselves accountable with representation goals throughout each stage of the hiring process, we're working to grow our talent and ensure that we're reflecting the diversity of our workforce.</p><p>Our Women's History Month and International Women's Day celebrations will be global with local tailoring:</p><ul><li>Global:<ul><li>Sharing: Creating a montage of responses from employees on "women who inspire"</li><li>Creating community via creating groups of women and gender minorities (3-5 people) to build bridges and support</li><li>Creating opportunity for our employees to share an area of expertise via a TED-style internal talk</li><li>Bringing in external perspectives: Hosting speakers on gender-equality topics</li></ul></li><li>Local (Australia): Panel of women (internal and external) across levels and experiences to share their journey"</li></ul><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/smartsheet" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Smartsheet and their open positions.<br></a>
Pushing Toward Equal Representation — Relativity<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjcyNy9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzE1MDE4M30.oHbT1Kq09-hbmw6AmsZMT4d6sxYcqLvCcZoIbL6AZxA/img.png?width=980" id="2eea7" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f107b29a89950c09e70832de5677d11f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Relativity employees sitting for a group photo for International Women\u2019s Day celebrations in 2020" data-width="994" data-height="400" />
From Relativity's International Women's Day celebrations in 2020<p>From Relativity's CHRO, Beth Clutterbuck:</p><p>"Relativity is intentional about recruiting women in tech, particularly leadership. In 2020, we added two women to our Executive Team, one to our Board and one as the Managing Director of APAC, one of our fastest growing customer regions. We've continuously made a conscious effort to hire more women, especially in Europe where tech skews heavily to men. We increased our women headcount in Poland by 10%, and in EMEA broadly, we now have nearly equal gender representation at 49% women (22% increase YoY). Relativity aspires to reach its global goal of 50/50 gender representation in all roles by 2024."</p><p>From Relativity's Tricia Johnson, Program Manager, Field Marketing:</p><p>"Workplace (RelWoW) Community Resource Group will celebrate International Women's Day and Women's History Month with a full slate of programs during March. We offer various programming to engage employees in the ways they respond best. This year's programs include:<br><br></p><ul> <li>An internal panel highlighting diverse career paths within Relativity</li><li>An external recruiting panel on mentorship</li><li>Multiple channels to discuss what International Women's Day 'Choose to Challenge' means to individuals</li><li>A book club featuring a <a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/253047/we-are-never-meeting-in-real-life-by-samantha-irby/" target="_blank">book</a> by Samantha Kirby</li><li>A blog highlighting key milestones for women in the legal industry</li><li>A BadAss Women of History <a href="https://chicagodetours.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">virtual tour</a>"</li></ul><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/relativity" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Relativity and their open positions.</a></p><div></div>
Developing Early- and Middle-Career Women — CSL Behring<p>"A core component of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives includes a focus on the recruitment and development of gender diverse talent. Not only do we have female representation goals established for our Board, Executive and People Manager roles, but we also have multiple programs or initiatives focused on developing our female entry-level and middle management talent through formal leadership development and mentoring programs to increase women's representation in leadership.</p><p>At CSL Behring we are encouraging, developing and showcasing our female talent around the globe through various panel discussions, seminars and messages. Notable events include:</p><ul><li>Women in Leadership Panel discussions where senior female leaders will share their career experiences including lessons learned and advice for others who are looking to advance their careers.</li><li>Video of leaders sharing messages on the advancement of women and recognizing IWD.</li><li>Sponsorship of multiple IWD partner events providing networking and development opportunities for females in leadership and STEM, as well as programs directed towards engaging men to advance women in leadership through allyship."</li></ul><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/csl" target="_blank">Learn more about CSL Behring and their open positions.</a></p>
Launching an ERG for Women’s Success — OfferUp<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjc0Ni9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyOTQwMDY2MX0.7wzrOORBT174naMJezsDNn47_cO60liaI3yhGkHV6oM/img.png?width=980" id="6ed84" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b1db50fd5f81f3afd95186417562d48f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="980" data-height="624" /><p>"Female leadership is important at OfferUp. As part of our DEI plan, we track several metrics including our promotion activity and our goal is to increase the amount of women promoted every year. Our plan also includes the launch of our first employee resource group, Women In Tech, which will educate, enable and empower women at the company through learning opportunities, mentoring experiences and employee support.</p><p>For Women's History Month, we are promoting the success of our women employees and hosting education and recognition events for our full staff, including: </p><ul><li>On International Women's Day, a Women in Leadership speaker panel featuring women leaders from the Puget Sound who will talk about their leadership journeys</li><li>A launch event for the Women in Tech employee resource group</li><li>Weekly education on prominent women in history in our all-company newsletter</li><li>Women in History themed all-company trivia competition"</li></ul><div><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/offerup-inc" target="_blank">Learn more about OfferUp and their open positions.</a></div>
Looking at a Post-COVID World for Women — Raytheon Intelligence & Space<p>"Raytheon Intelligence & Space believes we are stronger together. We are focused on critical areas to increase women's representation in leadership by removing barriers to advancement, delivering purposeful development and targeted retention. We deploy conscious inclusion programs and practices to drive outcomes and attract talent. We also mitigate bias in job postings and interview questions.</p><p>In celebration of Women's History Month, Raytheon Intelligence & Space will be sponsoring and participating in the California Conference for Women, and sharing career advice from our executive team with employees. We will also be hosting a webinar focused on women in STEM, the challenges facing women in the COVID environment and the changing workplace in a post-COVID world. In addition, our Raytheon Women's Network Employee Resource Group is hosting a series of employee-focused events to commemorate the month."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/raytheon-technologies" target="_blank">Learn more about Raytheon and their open positions.</a></p>
Listening to Women's Stories — CallRail<p>"In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, CallRail is accepting this year's challenge through their ERG, the Women's Circle. With a full week dedicated to celebrating the progress women have made in tech and challenging the road ahead, The Women's Circle is looking inward to celebrate the success of women at CallRail and the unexpected paths that led them here.</p> <p>Through a virtual, company-wide Q&A panel, we'll listen to the stories of women in all positions of leadership about how they made it to these roles - from the hurdles to the triumphs and everything in between."</p> <p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/5613" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about CallRail and their open positions.</a></p>
RiseUp and Mentor — Dassault Systemes<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjc1MS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3MzU2OTg4N30.wxYzLnCLLzGyRTvC1OJYyuhvva5XwpYE_VPgb0mWuJ0/img.png?width=980" id="07aca" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7122839f5ca46777d3856de33b0daaea" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="830" data-height="468" /><p>"Dassault Systemes has made a public statement promising to reach 30% Women People Managers by 2025. To reach this goal, a new program called RiseUp has been launched in order to accelerate women's leadership and empowerment. Currently, a high-performing group of women have been identified and are being coached and mentored in preparation of becoming people managers.</p><ul><li>This year the UN Women's theme is 'Choose to Challenge.' We are challenging our employees to take action for equality and have launched a social media campaign internally and externally.</li><li>We are hosting a series of webinars highlighting our internal Women Leaders. We had a fireside chat with Michelle Ash, CEO of our GEOVIA Brand. We learned about her views on the mining industry, women leadership, and inclusion.</li><li>In our EURONORTH Geo, a Diversity Week is being held and will include Unconscious Bias training."</li></ul><div><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/dassault-systemes" target="_blank">Learn more about Dassault and their open positions.</a></div>
Hosting Employee Panels and Breakout Groups — VTS<p>"VTS has made a consistent and conscious effort to increase women in leadership roles by having a promote-from-within culture, and ensuring that the company has access to coaching opportunities to get them to the next step in their career. Currently, women in leadership positions at the company make up almost 40% of that group—and it's on the rise! </p> <p>VTS is hosting a panel of our employees on March 10, moderated by our Interim Head of People Margaretta Noonan, who is a member of the advisory board for the Global Summit of Women. Going along with this year's International Women's Day theme of 'Choose to Challenge,' we are hosting different breakout groups after the panel. These sessions aim to have our employees learn how to challenge themselves in order to invest in their personal brand, unlearn bias, and support women in work and life."</p> <p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/vts" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about VTS and their open positions.</a></p>
Cheersing to Women’s Success at Afternoon Tea — dv01<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjc2Mi9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0OTk0MzkwNX0.VX346LXOv-BHWmrqgGSU0fCkWg0Nzyneum6Fb9bq5eI/img.png?width=980" id="a9f7d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ec3274b485344f31cb220f5da4d8479e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="994" data-height="556" /><p>"At dv01 we have several women in leadership positions, including COO and VP of Sales, and have continued to promote women to management positions. We provide our team members with increasing responsibility and give them space to take ownership of their projects. Additionally, we pride ourselves in offering a flexible work schedule, which allows our team members to work around life's many challenges. We continue to acknowledge the hard work of women and motivate them to grow within the company.</p> <p>For International Women's Day at dv01 we'll be hosting a Women's Day Party starting with a morning yoga session and a virtual afternoon tea! Throughout the month we will have several events geared toward women and female empowerment, including women's history month trivia, virtual viewings of films either directed by women or with strong female leads, and other events which highlight accomplished female writers and artists."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/dv01" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about dv01 and their open positions.</a></p>
"Following the Sun” with Events Around the World — Ciena<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMzA3Mi9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNjkxMzk5Nn0.FtnfeEFRP2w5hs-ng5P02YCLavrgo7vRD9bTVJxJxWs/img.png?width=980" id="b9082" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="bc27dd296ff4e0868eee285c705f0bca" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1000" data-height="466" /><p>"<a href="https://cienacorp.sharepoint.com/sites/Inclusivity/SitePages/Women-@-Ciena.aspx?web=1" target="_blank">Women@Ciena</a> is hosting a global event to celebrate International Women's Day on one continuous Zoom. Kicking off in Singapore, this year's global event will 'follow the sun' to each region, from APJ to India to EMEA and to the Americas, with unique events being hosted in all regions and live handoffs taking place in between – All in Together!</p><p>We will have exciting surprise guests including a four-star Navy Admiral to hear her thoughts on diversity and experience a live cooking demo to inspire heart healthy lunches amid our Zoom-filled days.</p><p>Also, we will offer breakout sessions like: Your Career Path is a Journey – Are You Navigating?, Choose to Challenge, Taking Grit to a New Level, Owning your Personal Brand, among others.</p><p>The day will close with an all-star Ciena panel with members from our Leadership team, highlighting the importance of allyship."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/ciena" target="_blank">Learn more about Ciena and their open positions.</a></p>
Celebrating a Culture Where Everyone Can Thrive — Autodesk<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMzA4Ny9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzQyMTI4OX0.ew9U-sj1lnxctDEwjoi7kZGKcKp4pX8W8VFYBR_YMNU/img.png?width=980" id="dbd14" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="525d508db47e86799e7cb8edceaa4ef0" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="998" data-height="658" /><p>"Autodesk is proud to celebrate Women History Month by hosting a series of events. Autodesk Women Network (AWN), one of the company's many ERGs, is pleased to kick-off the month with a fireside chat featuring Herminia Ibarra to discuss diversity, authentic leadership, belonging, and the important role we all play in making Autodesk a place where people of all gender identifies can thrive. Furthermore, we have coordinated a series of talks, workshops, and a belonging circle on Belonging and Authentic Leadership. We are excited to kick-off March events and celebrate women globally! #Autodesklife"</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/autodesk-inc" target="_blank">Learn more about Autodesk and their open positions.</a></p>
Honest Discussions on Supporting Women — LogMeIn<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMzE0MC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxODgwNzI3NX0.fE3aAeBuqeVfBde2I4sjSBy5unVdIdzSjW7pfjzaKVs/img.png?width=980" id="75cf1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6c81fa8ef1d75391bfe092c90195afc2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="992" data-height="556" /><div>"As the leader of a modern remote workforce, we leverage our own products and technology to retain and attract women in leadership. Through roundtables, surveys, and panels, we look to identify any barriers for women's advancement within LogMeIn. Through honest discussion, we will uncover what issues we need to address to allow women to grow within our inclusive, engaging, and equitable organization. We want to attract new women in all roles and levels, but working on the internal experience of women at LogMeIn is the beginning of our journey and where we will focus much of our efforts.<br></div><br>Women around the world continue to be dramatically impacted by the shift in how we work. At LogMeIn, we believe we each have a responsibility to challenge gender bias and inequity in the modern workforce and find creative ways to seek out and celebrate women's achievements, especially in a remote environment. Join us on March 24th at 11:00 a.m. EST for a discussion about this year's WHM theme: explore why women need our support now more than ever, and what you can do to support women in this new flexible working era. Register <a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5848145530944444944" target="_blank">here</a>."<p><br></p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/logmein-inc" target="_blank">Learn more about LogMeIn and their open positions.</a><br></p>
Coaching Circles and Leadership Forums — NBA<p>"The NBA's Women's Network conducts a series of year-long coaching circles. Circles are small groups of 10-12 women who want to connect, learn and grow together. This is a safe space for women to connect and share experiences and also build new skills together. This year's theme is Finding Personal & Professional Success in 2021 and each circle will meet virtually 6 times during the year.</p><p>The NBA is also hosting the 3rd Annual Women's Leadership Forum, a gathering of women from the league office and NBA, WNBA, G League, 2K League and Basketball Africa League teams. At this year's forum, we will celebrate champions and changemakers who will lead discussions that empower us to inspire one another, break down barriers and learn from our collective experience to achieve our full potential."<br><br></p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/nba" target="_blank">Learn more about the NBA and their open positions.</a></p>
Leading by Example — Bumble<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxMzE0OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTgxMDk2Mn0.s-NgnnAUU4_PiOZs5SZWd43Bb89UPEy6zXFQycF4jgU/img.jpg?width=980" id="ffbaf" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3f46f9f1d296904cf25f5ebcad2ae6ec" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="3 women at Bumble sitting in chairs for a panel discussion" data-width="3600" data-height="2400" /><p>"Bumble is a women-led company that has an equitable gender representation within our C-suite with 54% comprising of women. Furthermore, 73% of Bumble's board is made up of women. At Bumble, we truly value cultivating a culture that's rooted in kindness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion, and growth. This means that from the very beginning of the hiring process, we actively seek diverse candidates and our careers page strongly encourages people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary people, as well as individuals with disabilities to apply.</p><p>Bumble is excited to celebrate Women's History Month this year through the following lineup of programming for our global team: </p><ul><li>International Women's Day Kickoff: Team members will be invited to participate in their<a href="https://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme" target="_blank"> #ChooseToChallenge</a> social campaign by sharing their commitment to gender equality throughout their social channels. </li><li>Throughout the month, we will host interactive events that will foster community by inviting amazing guest speakers from organizations such as PowerToFly to share why fast-tracking gender equality is essential to prosperity for all, to a panel event featuring women in leadership at Bumble about the importance of community connections and women lifting up other women."</li></ul><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/bumble" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Bumble and their open positions.</a></p>
Building a “Foundation for Progress” — Procore<p>"Procore is a people-first company, and we remain committed to our vision of improving the lives of everyone in construction––regardless of race, gender, background, or otherwise. At its core, our vision is founded on inclusion, with a focus on enabling every person at Procore, and in the industry, to do their best work. We have revisited our employee calibration practices and focused on hiring a workforce with more women and people of color. We've also taken steps to educate our leaders by offering mentorship and training opportunities.</p><p>As part of International Women's Day and Women's History Month in March, Procore is organizing several activities to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in the construction industry and beyond. We recently hosted an external webinar on the future of Women in Construction as part of our series 'Foundations for Progress.' Our employees and industry professionals were invited to join construction leaders as they took stock of the progress women in construction have made and the work that still has to be done. This month, we're publishing a number of thought leadership articles to provide guidelines, stories, and anecdotes that inspire action.<a href="https://www.procore.com/wic" target="_blank"> Read more</a> about the impact of Procore's Women in Construction efforts."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/procore-technologies-inc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Procore and their open positions.</a></p>
Leveling Up Skillsets — uShip<div>"Over the past year we have connected some of our women in engineering with an outside mentor through PowerToFly's mentor program. Our employees have been matched with leaders who have helped them gain or enhance skillsets such as conflict resolution, working cross-functionally, and how to manage a team. All very important traits to have when working towards a leadership career track!<br></div><p>In our weekly company newsletter, we highlight different events going on in our local community as it relates to Women's History Month, that employees can attend, watch online, or read about."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/uship-inc" target="_blank">Learn more about uShip and their open positions.</a></p>
Sourcing Talent from Within — Primer<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMzE1Ni9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMDM2NDA0Nn0.cD2uNwQldtXaQEQfp0VWNwkl4f-2_iYZbU-73neVvRw/img.png?width=980" id="27be1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="988af0c1cdd1d794e2bf961311b54b83" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="986" data-height="546" /><p>"When we have an open leadership role, we intentionally source women candidates either internally or externally. We know we'll be growing and women in management positions now will be in senior leadership positions in the future. We are also building relationships between our employees, and women leaders on our Advisory board. We know mentorship is important for women as they take on leadership roles.</p><p>We are engaging with the women of Primer to understand what would be most meaningful for them. Some of the ideas we are considering are swag celebrating women at the company, events with women leadership mentors, and virtual luncheons."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/primer" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Primer and their open positions.</a></p>
Intersectional Empowerment — S&P Global<p>"In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, S&P Global will highlight employee testimonials internally and externally in addition to feature programming with women thought leaders. Our Employee Resource Groups play an integral role in our employee engagement. This month we are partnering with WINS: Women's Initiative for Networking and Success and BOLD: Black Organization for Leadership & Development to welcome esteemed speakers Lola Akinmade Akerstrom and Baroness Floella Benjamin to speak to our employees on the theme #ChooseToChallenge."</p><p>Video to include: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmJgm4AxmeA" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmJgm4AxmeA</a></p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/sp-global" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about S&P Global and their open positions.</a></p>
Honoring a History of Women — T. Rowe Price<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMzE2MS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NjkzOTk4M30.3ZaF2pjXZbdlcVI7oSbVnKlGq8inEUfaFE6PDliR6l8/img.png?width=980" id="e4589" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="16b0367c7722a2d703cf1729ec994baf" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="976" data-height="616" /><div>"From T. Rowe Price's first day in 1937, women have had a significant role in the firm's success. Contributing as writers, accountants, portfolio managers, and sales representatives, to name a few, the value of women's achievements is important to celebrate. Of the four associates who joined Mr. Price, two were women: Isabella Craig and Marie Walper.<br></div><p>These pioneers brought invaluable skill sets and unwavering commitment to the firm.</p><p>Isabella Craig handled statistical calculations and accounting before becoming the Secretary of the corporation and a client counselor. Early associates credited her talents as a major influence on the quality of the firm.<br></p><p>Marie Walper managed administrative duties during the firm's formative years. As the firm grew, she remained Mr. Price's personal assistant and sounding board. She also helped codify the firm's ethics and served as treasurer.</p><p>We pay homage to our history as we honor women at the firm today."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/t-rowe-price-group-inc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about T. Rowe Price and their open positions.</a></p>
Intentional Hiring & Promotion in Leadership — VideoAmp<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwNjY5OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NjkzNDU4Mn0.YnDLPyWPVSCwEzt9j5U3GHb-9_KJkYEIfvuyvLc4V_4/img.jpg?width=980" id="2f444" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="323845b3e8c7555f149cc42db50f9855" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="women at videoamp flexing" data-width="4753" data-height="3169" /><p>"As a People First organization, we believe in promoting from within as our default to accelerate career growth. This philosophy has resulted in several promotions to leadership and executive roles for the women in our workforce, most recently in the Engineering department, Client Success, and on the Revenue team.</p> <p>Our diversity partnership with PowerToFly has been beneficial in bringing more interest, attention, and active applications for roles at VideoAmp by women interested in the adtech space from around the country. Most recently, we welcomed a highly talented woman in a leadership role on our Engineering team, a department that historically has lacked a strong female presence, and we expect to continue this effort as a priority. We celebrate and seek out those with unique experiences to further a culture of belonging and innovation. Our business is growing and this means we expect the opportunity for women to grow at VideoAmp. Together we rise!</p><ul><li>Embrace wellness is a core value at VideoAmp, and to honor and celebrate the women in our workforce, this year we're hosting a wellness practitioner to take us through a guided mindfulness practice focused on self-compassion and self-care, from the unique perspective of women in the workplace. Our goal is to give back to the women who contribute everyday as a means to celebrate and give thanks."</li></ul><div><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/videoamp" target="_blank">Learn more about VideoAmp and their open positions.</a></div>
How Hopin’s CCO Knew a Startup Environment Was Right For Her—and Two Questions to See If It’s Right for You
If there's a thread that connects all the different facets of Rosie Roca's life, it's the power of bringing people together.
From how she was raised, to how she got her first job, to the decision to leave enterprise software to take on her current role as the Chief Customer Officer at fast-growing events technology platform Hopin, a focus on community has helped to guide Rosie's decisions.
After a brief hiatus, we're picking our series of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) terms back up!
This month we're looking at different ways of addressing people with disabilities.