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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.

 

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Virtual Tech Talk with Women Engineering Leaders at DigitalOcean

Want to join this webinar and learn more? Email us at hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invite.

PowerToFly is thrilled to partner with DigitalOcean (a dynamic, fast-growing startup that serves a robust and passionate community of developers, teams, and businesses around the world) to present a virtual tech talk and audience Q&A with several of their women tech leaders.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, May 7th at 1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST.

After the tech talk, PowerToFly Cofounder and President Katharine Zaleski will lead a brief panel discussion with several of DigitalOcean's women engineering leaders, discussing their career journeys, current projects, and what it's like working for a mostly remote company.

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Although you don't need to be looking for new job opportunities to attend the webinar, DigitalOcean does have a number of open remote roles. In fact, about 70% of DigitalOcean's engineering team works remotely! Their competitive benefits include monthly gym reimbursements, monthly commute allowances, and a 401k with up to a 4% employer match. To learn more about DigitalOcean's open roles, visit their page on PowerToFly.

About our webinars: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age.

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