12 More Diversity & Inclusion Leaders You Should Be Following
A few months ago, I created a list of 10 Diversity & Inclusion leaders you should be following. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to have crossed paths, either directly or indirectly, with some other amazing D&I leaders. I’m happy to report that during my continued exposure to this space, top 10 lists just don’t cut it anymore. There are so many smart & committed individuals owning Diversity & Inclusion, especially in tech. That being said, I pulled together an additional 12 Diversity & Inclusion Leaders you should be following.
A quick intro: My name is Cat Perez and I’m the Co-founder, Chief Product Officer, and leading our Diversity & Inclusion efforts here at HealthSherpa. We are a website & team of people helping Americans find, enroll in and use affordable, individual health coverage.
As a portfolio company, we signed the Founder’s Commitment, launched by Kapor Capital 2 years ago. The purpose of the commitment is to create a culture of diversity and inclusion from the outset, and provide an incentive for companies to hold on to their values as they grow.
Here they are in no significant order:
1. Aubrey Blanche
Aubrey is the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Atlassian. Aubrey believes that leading with empathy is the key to driving meaningful, sustainable change and creating highly effective teams.
Aubrey is heavily involved in multiple industry groups seeking to define new standards for company transparency, reporting, and investment in diversity & inclusion. She is an advisor to SheStarts, a Sydney-based accelerator focused exclusively on supporting female founders, BeVisible, and Joonko. She is the co-founder of Sycamore, a community aiming to fix the VC funding gap for underrepresented founders.
2. Yvonne Hutchinson
Y-Vonne is a former international labor rights lawyer and the founder of ReadySet, a diversity solutions firm based in Oakland, CA. ReadySet works in the areas of employment policy, strategy consulting, training, and recruiting to help startups attract, retain, and grow diverse talent. As a lawyer and advocate, Yvonne has worked with foreign governments, the U.S. Department of State, and the UN. Yvonne is a member of Harvard Law’s Institute for Global Law and Policy network and is an expert on labor relations and diversity in the workplace. Yvonne is a founding member of Project Include, a community led initiative to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions in tech.
3. Tracy Chou
Tracy is a software engineer most recently at Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Tracy worked at Quora as an early engineer. In addition to engineering, Tracy is most well-known for raising the profile of the issue of the low representation of women in tech, and pressuring companies to reveal more statistics about the composition of their workforce. Tracy is also a founding member of Project Include, a community led initiative to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions in tech.
4. bethanye McKinney Blount
bethanye is the Co-Founder and CEO at Cathy Labs. With over twenty years of experience working in technology, bethanye has led engineering teams at reddit, Linden Lab, EMI Music, and Facebook. bethanye is both a startup advisor and mentor to other founders, focusing on technology leadership and developing diverse engineering organizations. bethanye is also a co-founder of Project Include, a community led initiative to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions in tech.
5. Tariq Meyers
Tariq is the Head of Inclusion & Diversity at Lyft. Tariq is an advocate who believes that individuals should not be defined by their life circumstances, but empowered to defy them. Tariq holds experience in community organizing, coalition and relationship building, all while working towards a more equitable world.
6. Susan Wu
Susan is a hacker, entrepreneur and investor. Susan has worked with some of the world’s leading consumer technology companies, including Twitter, Square, reddit, Canva, LIFX, and others. Susan is a co-founder of Project Include, a community led initiative to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions in tech.
7. Melinda Briana Epler
Melinda is the Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst. Melinda empowers diverse, inclusive and sustainable tech innovation through events, education, mentorship and funding. Through Tech Inclusion, an initiative of Change Catalyst, she partners with the tech community to solve diversity and inclusion together.
Melinda also speaks, mentors and writes about diversity and inclusion in tech, social entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurs and investing.
8. Ciara Trinidad
Ciara is Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Lever. Ciara has worked previously at Apple and is wildly passionate about creating phenomenal customer experiences. Ciara identifies as a ‘triple threat’ as Ciara is black, female and queer.
9. Michelle Glauser
Michelle is an engineer and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping underrepresented people join, feel comfortable in, and stay in the software industry. Michelle is the founder of Techtonica, a tuition-free tech training and job placement program for women and non-binary adults in need. Michelle also leads PyLadiesSF, and created the #ILookLikeAnEngineer ad campaign in 2015.
10. Allison Esposito
Allison is the founder of Tech Ladies, a community that connects ALL women with the best opportunities in tech, and connects companies with the best women techmakers. Allison has lent her voice to companies like Google, Foursquare, Skillshare, and more.
11. Bernard C. Coleman III
Bernard is less than a year into his role at UBER as Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion. Bernard was previously working on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as the Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer. Bernard is all about diversity, inclusion and equity. Bernard feels that this work is important and it all intersects, in a very meaningful way.
12. Jennifer Kim
Jennifer is the Head of Employee Experience & Development at Lever. Jennifer is passionate about (and if given the opportunity, won’t stop talking about): the future of work, org behavior and design, talent/leadership development, career education, education reform, diversity in tech, and equality.
I am aware there are many others in Tech advocating for all humans that I may have missed in my list. I would like to encourage you to promote these individuals. There is a ton of value in bringing more visibility to these D&I leaders.
A big thank you to everyone on this list and the prior list I created for all that you do.