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How This Small Company Made Diversity & Inclusion an Imperative Part of Their Growth

It was during a retreat for Zapier, an all-remote company that connects apps for automated tasks, that the idea of a diversity and inclusion change log was born. Wade Foster, Zapier’s co-founder and CEO, had realized that overtures to creating a more welcoming workforce were not taking hold. “When you looked around the room, all you could see were white males.”


As part of the change log, Zapier decided to make small, incremental changes, as opposed to radically shifting strategies and practices. These small shifts allowed them to test various methodologies and see what worked.

Ultimately, Zapier found that being thoughtful around the hiring process was what worked best for them, particularly in regard to the language they were using in job descriptions and how those job descriptions were being distributed, as well as investing time and resources into managerial training.

“We’re small. The best thing that we do is managerial training. Anyone in a managerial role gets training - the basics of being a good manager. The biggest thing that hinders under-represented groups are managers who just don’t know any better,” says Foster.

Meghan Gezo, Zapier’s People Operations Specialist adds, “We try to find two to three conferences or events a year that are targeted towards underrepresented groups in tech and sponsor them to raise our visibility in that space. We try to find ways to get our name out there to people who have never heard about us.”

Both Foster and Gezo state that while it’s difficult to measure results, they do track applicants and have seen a shifting talent pool. They’ve noticed improvements; a change, more of a diverse mix.

For a young company in growth-mode, it’s an important adjustment, and an important initiative. Gezo advises, “When you're a smaller company like we are, you don't have as much money to throw at this kind initiative, but there are some relatively inexpensive and small changes you can make. Setting the tone when you're small makes it easier to keep implementing these changes as you grow.

 

WW (Formerly Weight Watchers)

Tech Talks With Women Building The Future Of Wellness At WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

If you are based in the New York area and you'd like to attend this event, please email hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invitation.

Weight Watchers has relaunched as WW which stands for "Wellness that Works". They are now a company dedicated to becoming the world's partner in wellness.

PowerToFly has partnered with WW for a series of tech talks led by women who are on the forefront of the company's transformation.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 14th from 6pm to 8pm at 675 6th Avenue, 6th Floor, New York.

Agenda (Subject to Change):

  • 6:00pm - Check-In and Networking over Light Food and Drinks
  • 6:20pm - Kickoff with PowerToFly
  • 6:25pm - Welcome & Introduction by Michael Lysaght, CTO of WW
  • 6:35pm - Tech Talk with Ifeoma Okereke, Software Engineer at WW
  • 6:45pm - Panel Discussion featuring women tech leaders at WW
  • 7:00pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:20pm - Networking continues over Light Food & Drinks

Topics for the evening will including WW's work with Android and the process of integrating with conversational AI such as Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. We will also discuss WW's recent rebranding and their employee resource groups like Women in Tech are helping WW's women engineers take their careers to the next level.

Also, WW is hiring! To learn more about WW and their open positions, visit their page on PowerToFly.

About our Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require assistance to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and HomeAway cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

About WW: WW is looking for candidates to help change people's lives. We are a global wellness technology company inspiring millions of people to adopt healthy habits for real life. We do this through engaging digital experiences, face-to-face workshops and sustainable programs that encompass healthy eating, physical activity and positive mindset. By drawing on over five decades of experience and expertise in behavioral science, we build communities in order to deliver wellness for all.

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