Welcome to Crescendo Chats: Scaling Diversity & Inclusion. In this series, Crescendo co-founder Stefan Kollenberg hosts conversations with HR and diversity & inclusion practitioners, sharing valuable insights from their work.
This conversation is with Aubrey Blanche, the Global Head of Diversity & Belonging at Atlassian.
Listen to the podcast or read below for the edited transcript.
Clarity Recruiting realized that D&I needed action in order to genuinely be a corporate value, so they looked at how they could embed D&I into their current ways of work. No new practices. No fancy seminars or conferences. Just getting started.
Over the past months, our team has been working on creating improvements for an even better Crescendo experience. Today, we are happy to announce the launch of three new updates and a faster, more reliable Crescendo.
In this episode, you will be hearing from Melissa Obleada and we are gonna talk about Melissa's experience within the diversity and inclusion field at Hubspot and her roles in getting the employee resource groups started.
Crescendo is excited to announce that it has partnered with Women of Influence to give away two tickets to Women of Influence’s upcoming Evening Series Event on May 15th, The Next Frontier: Meet the Tech Visionaries Designing the Future. This event is a fantastic opportunity for budding tech entrepreneurs and industry professionals to gain key insights from Montreal’s top tech entrepreneurs.
While research shows diversity and inclusion (D&I) is good for business, each study uses a different definition of the terms involved. A simple Google search, for example, nets thousands of explanations for key terms like diversity, inclusion, belonging, and unconscious bias.
While there may be no “real” definition, there are mental frameworks business leaders can apply to these complex terms, making them easier to understand in a business context.
Crescendo is excited to support Evoke and help bring Toronto's dev community together by giving away two free tickets! Evoke, a non-profit initiative, presented by Havas Canada & Plastic Mobile, and sponsored by Microsoft is bringing the entire developer community together in Toronto for one of the largest developer conferences and events in Canada.
Improve workplace productivity with cultural competence.
Cultural competence is an element of diversity and inclusion linked to increased customer retention and new market opportunities. As companies get more global and countries gain more diversity, understanding and improving cultural competence is a necessary part of professional and business development.
We recently had an insightful chat with Cindy Gordon, VP of People at Policygenius Inc. Policygenius is the nation’s leading online insurance marketplace, with a focus on making it easy to find and buy insurance.
Policygenius just expanded earlier this year to offer home insurance and auto insurance. They also offer a way for consumers to compare and buy life, disability, and pet insurance. For consumers…
We recently spoke with Andrea Corey, VP of Product Development at Nudge.ai. Corey previously worked at Eloqua (later acquired by Oracle) where she performed various roles including VP of Systems Architecture, VP of Quality and Performance Engineering, and VP of Quality Assurance.
Corey is also an Activator with SheEO Inc. Corey has had immense experience in tech and has considered diversity and inclusion throughout her career.
We had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Katrina Jones, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Twitch. Jones was previously Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Vimeo, and Global Inclusion and Diversity Manager at Accenture.
In the interview below, Jones shares her valuable tips on:
Kicking off Your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
Gauging how diverse and inclusive your organization is….
Last month we had a great chat with Sophia Jaffer, Senior Account Manager and HR Lead at Collage, to get her insights on how companies can jumpstart their people operations. She is also a Certified Human Resources Professional with prior experience working with Summerhill Group and Ample Organics.
We had the chance to sit down with Joanna Woo, who is a Certified Human Resources Leader and Director of People Operations at Mappedin. She shares tips on hiring strategies, building a comfortable company culture and environment for employees, and the role of diversity and inclusion.
Last month we collaborated with SAAS-E[quality] to give away a pair of tickets to this day full of solution development and collaboration. There was a mix of lightning talks, a solveathon, and facilitated discussions to come up with solutions for a more equitable SAAS industry.
We are very pleased to announce that Crescendo is now partnered with Inkbox!
inkbox, based in downtown Toronto, is a retailer of temporary tattoos aimed at those who do not want to commit to a permanent tattoo. Rather, the goal was to create temporary body art which could speak to a given individual for a shorter period of time in their life.
Crescendo partnered with SAAS NORTH to provide the unique opportunity to one member of an underrepresented community to attend the conference. The contest offered the prize of a ticket to SAAS NORTH as well as $200 for travelling costs.
Issues like non-inclusion, pay inequities, lack of representation, marginalization, and problematic hiring practices have largely remained unaddressed in the tech industry.
We explored these concepts with Jason Wong, who has made waves as an engineer and diversity and inclusion consultant. His extensive experience of over nineteen years in the industry boasts roles with Yahoo! Sports and Etsy, among others.
We are very excited about the upcoming conference and put together an easy-to-follow guide to highlight the most significant events and speakers for HR professionals.
We hope that this guide will serve as a tool to help you navigate SAAS NORTH and leave you with more time to enjoy the Conference! It is also mobile-friendly so you can follow along with our Guide during Conference days.