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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.

 

LendingClub

LendingClub's Director Of Design On The Traits We Should All Own

Someone who knows their stuff front and back. Someone with strong opinions that are loosely held. Someone who will fight to eliminate problems, work, and barriers for the user.

Sure they've received multiple awards including Fast Company's 'Most Innovative Companies' of 2014, 'Best Places to Work in the Bay Area', and CNBC's 'Disruptor 50', but what do LendingClub's employees really think about the working for the company that's bringing borrowers and investors together?!

Cue our chat with Samantha Berg - she's spent the last 10+ years building tight knit teams and just this past year, growing one at LendingClub. See what she has to say about her latest role and find out what she's looking for in her next teammate below!

Did we mention LendingClub is hiring through PowerToFly?! Check out their open roles on PowerToFly here, and don't forget to 'Follow' LendingClub to receive exclusive job matches, event invites, and more!

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Audible

A Look at Audible's Game Night at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration

PowerToFly was proud to collaborate with Audible for a truly unique event during this year's always amazing Grace Hopper Celebration, held this year in sunny Houston.

After a long day at the conference, which this year received over 18,000 attendees, Audible's invite-only guests were taken by private shuttle to Audible's secret location - an event space transformed into the ultimate game night!

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In Person Events

A Conversation With Women In Tech At Three Fast-Growing Startups

If you are a San Francisco-based woman and tech and you are interested in attending this event, please email hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invitation.

PowerToFly is back in San Francisco for another exciting and transparent evening of cocktails and conversations featuring women tech leaders from Cloudflare, Forward and Philo.

The event will take place on Thursday, November 15th from 6pm to 8pm at ConnectionsSF, located at 424 Clay Street, San Francisco.

Cloudflare's goal is to build a better Internet. Today, Cloudflare runs one of the world's largest distributed networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests worldwide. Their customers range from Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits to small businesses and budding entrepreneurs.

Forward is redesigning the way we deliver healthcare using all the technologies healthcare has neglected: sensors, mobile, and AI. Named by Time Magazine as "a best invention of 2017", Forward's technology allows patients to monitor their health in real time with their doctors through blood testing, take-home wearables, and a digital health chart.

Philo is a small, ambitious startup building the future of television. Their product lets you watch your favorite shows on all the devices you care about, with intelligent search, insightful discovery, and effortless sharing — in short, they are building the TV watching experience that we've always wanted for ourselves.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over Drinks and Light Food
  • 6:30pm - Event Kickoff with ConnectionsSF
  • 6:35pm - Introductory Remarks by PowerToFly
  • 6:40pm - Panel Discussion featuring women tech leaders from Cloudflare, Forward, Philo and more companies TBA
  • 6:55pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:10pm - Networking over Drinks and Light Food

About the Venue: ConnectionsSF is a modern, full-service flex work space for mobile professionals, start-ups, small businesses and independent consultants. Offerings include permanent and shared desks, private offices, and meeting and event spaces, all including fantastic amenities, free coffee and free snacks.

About PowerToFly 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 accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and the company it is holding an event on behalf of cannot admit outside recruiters to that particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

Remote

Remote Work Round-Up

11 New Work From Home Jobs Just For You!

Just because a company is remote or hiring for a remote role, doesn't mean they're any less committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion. Take it from Stephanie Garza, the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at GitLab (and PowerToFly alum!):

"Diversity and Inclusion are fundamental to GitLab's success. We aim to make a significant impact in fostering an environment where everyone can thrive."

The companies listed below have all made commitments to fostering cultures of diversity and inclusion – we think they're pretty great – and we think they're all pretty great! If you don't see a role that matches your skills, make sure to 'Follow' the company so we can send you custom job matches in the future.

Check out the featured work-from-home jobs below or visit our remote jobs page for even more opportunities!

Avaaz - Technical Project Manager / Online Campaigner (Remote)

Dell EMC - Networking Sales Specialist - (Los Angeles, San Diego, Remote)

Duck Duck Go - Senior Site Reliability Engineer (Remote)

GitLab - Digital Marketing Specialist (Remote)

Karat, Inc. - Freelance Expert Interviewer (Remote)

Paylocity - Software Maintenance Engineer (Remote)

Spreedly - Senior Software Engineer (Remote)

StreamLined - Junior Creative, General Designer (Remote)

Squadrun - Real Estate Independent Sales Agents (Remote)

Zapier, Inc. - Application Security Engineer (Remote)

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