And moving beyond musical chairs

Janelle Okwodu

In the business world, diversity is more of a priority than it’s ever been, but we’re getting it wrong. After years of public commitments and throwing money at the problem with marginal improvements, we need to get clear on why we’re failing.

The truth is that we don’t know what to change, or rather, we refuse to consider that we are what needs to change. A recent Washington Post article exposing Google’s discriminatory approach to recruiting students from select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is an example of what happens when we stack diversity initiatives on top of an…


Overcoming what we’re up against requires far more than coming to terms with race

In the past week I’ve received countless messages of love and support in response to recent events that shed light on race in America. To be honest I had never expected to find myself in such a situation, and as a result, felt unprepared to thoughtfully respond to people that asked how they can help “me” beyond voting, donations, and protest.

In reflecting on what I might say to this loaded question, much of my hesitation comes from recognizing that white people feel bad or guilty right now. …


A practical way to empower people in underrepresented groups to navigate belonging in their careers

MLK in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963.

For much of the past year, I’ve explored opportunities for technology to correct problems in the broader diversity and inclusion space. I’m inspired by the promise of inclusion as well as the people working tirelessly to research, fix, or talk about the problem.

What I’ve found to be critically absent from the diversity and inclusion conversation is a practical way to empower people in underrepresented groups to navigate belonging in their careers.

While belonging at work — the idea that you can be your true authentic self in the workplace — is a powerful concept, its realization is highly relative and contextual. A company might think that it’s created a culture of belonging, but you might think otherwise; you might think a company is a place where anyone can…

Adam Cockell

I’m a technology entrepreneur focused on correcting gaps in opportunity and equity in the workplace by empowering people on the front lines.

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