Beyond the Box: Stop relying on your Black co-worker to help you build a diverse team.

Akia Obas
Senior Manager Data & Analytics, HubSpot

07 December 2021, 08:10 PM

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If you are trying to figure out how one builds a diverse team, do not ask your black co-worker how you should go about doing it. Also, don't assume the teams that lack diversity are the output from leaders who are down on their luck. Just like it takes strategy and execution to build a diverse and inclusive company, building a diverse team is no different. In my session, Beyond the Box: Stop relying on your black coworker to help you build a diverse and inclusive team, we not only celebrate Black Excellence in Hip-Hop, but I explain how their lyrics or in my mother’s case ‘ infamous one liners’ have helped me build diverse technical teams at some of the fastest-growing tech companies.

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