It’s well documented that tech is a challenging place to work for women and people of color. All of us have unconscious bias–unintentional stereotypes–that affect the way we treat each other.
Unconscious bias shows up at work as microaggressions–casual degradations of marginalized groups. Women and people of color also tend to be stigmatized if they call attention to a bias. So, they often wind up voting with their feet, a $16 Billion a year problem, according to a 2017 study by Kapor Capital of women and people of color who left the tech industry.
Speaking up to actively create a culture of empathy and belonging can be touchy, occasionally awkward, and requires courage. But the harm microaggressions cause is very real, whether or not done intentionally. That's why we're planning to have a deeper discussion to give you skills and more confidence to move from awareness to action.