Wendy Robison, the Director of Learning for Etsy, talks about the challenges and observations when adopting policies focused on diversity and inclusion.
Although many assume diversity refers to race, it is only one factor in a far more complex and nuanced equation that should also include aspects ranging from gender identity to education levels to financial security to personal and professional experiences.
Even major companies tout how they hire a percentage of certain races, which undermines the impact of discussions around intersectionality. For reference, intersectionality is defined as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender – as they apply to a given individual or group – regarded as creating overlapping, interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.”
Etsy takes it further with their inclusion initiatives – even their engineers consider how a range of customer backgrounds play into accessing their site.
She even covers how you can attract younger talent, improve company morale and culture, and prepare yourself for the rapidly changing employment landscape.