“Lack of representation in the tech industry can leave women of color without role models or support systems. So these women are building communities of their own.

Seven months into her new role at a Colorado tech company, Shani-Leigh Christiansen couldn’t shake the feeling that something important was missing. It wasn’t the work. She loved what she did: helping working adults access higher education opportunities. Nor was it the culture. She appreciated the company’s willingness to talk openly about diversity and inclusion. 

It was what she saw around her that stood out — or rather, what she didn’t see.

She was one of very few black women in the company, none of whom held management positions. As someone getting started in her career, it was hard for her to see a path to advance. She had the same experience at her previous job, a tech startup in Boston, too. So she said something.”   Read More

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