podcast July 14, 2020

Podcast 252: a conversation on diversity and representation

A conversation with the co-chairs of Stack Overflow's Black and Brown affinity group.
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Director of Content

This week we chat with two Stack Overflow employees, Ian Allen and Syeeda Briddell, co-chairs of the company’s Black and Brown (BNB) affinity group. Ian is an engineer working on our talent product and Syeeda is a senior sales executive on the Advertising team.

EPISODE NOTES

Syeeda and Ian talk with Sara and Paul about how affinity groups came to exist within Stack Overflow, and how the  BNB group helped to lead the design of the company’s short and long response to issues of systemic racism. You can find more about Stack’s plans here.

More generally, the group discusses how people at all levels of their organizations are putting a renewed emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and how individual contributors, managers, and executives can come together to find new ways to listen and learn.

You can find Ian on Twitter and Github. He has also written for the Stack Overflow blog. You can find Syeeda’s images and writing on Instagram and more about her education and career on LinkedIn.

Our lifeboat badge for this episode goes out to IsVForAll, who answered the following question: How to check if a value exists in an object using JavaScript?

A written transcript of this podcast episode is available here.

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