Key takeaways from the 2020 LesbiansWhoTech Pride Summit
At this historic moment, the Black Lives Matter movement is sparking worldwide action. B2B businesses are asking how to transform as organizations and individuals in order to be real, sustainable contributors to change.
At the end of June, the LesbiansWhoTech Pride Summit provided insight into just that. Their Pride Summit explored immediate applications for how businesses can claim responsibility and accountability and lean into this unprecedented moment.
With a diverse roster of speakers, the week kicked off with insightful sessions led by LGBTQIA2S+ industry leaders from Google, Linkedin, Fast Company, Cisco, and more, exploring the intersections between diversity and inclusion and business, tech, design, and more.
Click the links below to access the key takeaways from the 2020 LesbiansWhoTech Pride Summit that B2B businesses can implement for more meaningful diversity and inclusion:
Dr. Janice Gassam’s session delved into the dangers of performative allyship and the importance of meaningful policy change among B2B businesses. Here are Janice Gassam’s tips for enacting real change within your B2B business. Read more here.
In her keynote, Sheree Haggan, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager at Google, explored the importance of a more mindful approach for B2B businesses to take as they rehabilitate a white-dominated framework in a way that does not inflict racial battle fatigue on their marginalized colleagues. Read more here.
Rosanna Durruthy, Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Linkedin, states that at this time, companies are responsible for amplifying and providing visibility for marginalized voices. In her talk, she gave a comprehensive overview of how B2B businesses and teams can support Black colleagues. Read more here.
While Rose Marcario, former CEO of Patagonia, speaks from a B2C perspective, she highlights important takeaways that are applicable to B2B businesses looking to balance financial goals with meaningful social impact. For Marcario, there is power behind the voice of good corporate actors. Read more here.
Jana Rich, CEO and Founder of Rich Talent Group, brought necessary perspective on creating a truly effective and safe workplace for the BIPOC LGBTQIA2S+ community. For Rich, the hard work is after implementing diverse hiring practices, because it involves creating an environment where marginalized communities truly have a voice. Read more here.
While these key takeaways don’t include all the valuable sessions that were at the LesbiansWhoTech Pride Summit, we hope that this blog post provided some insight into how your B2B business can begin to organize conversations, policy change, and actions for meaningful diversity and inclusion.
Watch the rest of the keynotes from the LesbiansWhoTech Pride Summit here. They have been made available their Facebook and Linkedin.
Notable sessions to watch include:
– Black Lives Matter: Where We Go From Here
Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Interviewed by LaFawn Davis, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Indeed
– Black Trans Lives Matter: Centering Black Trans Folks in Activism and Tech
Angelica Ross, Actor, Writer, Producer, and Founder of Trans Tech Social
Interviewed by Roz Francuz-Harris, Director of Talent Acquisition at Warner Media
– Beyond Words :: How to Make Work a Place for Black Employees to Thrive
LaFawn Davis, VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Indeed, in conversation with Roz Francuz-Harris, Director of Talent Acquisition at Warner Media,
– Revolution is Not a One-Time Event: Advocating for the Change You Want to See at Every Level
Shijuade Kadree, Chief Advisory Officer of The LGBTC
– Implementing Technology and Keeping it Safe
Stephanie Tan, CISO at Marcus By Goldman Sachs
Leilani Farol, SVP, Cybersecurity & Global Information Security at Bank of America
Cindy Finkelman, CIO at FactSet
Carrie Bishop ,Chief Digital Services Officer, at the City and County of San Francisco
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