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While there is a general need for our workforce to address gender biases that negatively impact the advancement of women, there are challenges that uniquely impact Black women and women of color in the workplace. As a result, we must address both gender and racial bias when working to create access and opportunities that allow Black women and women of color to thrive. We will have an opportunity to converse with women who are thriving in their careers and want to share the do’s and don’ts of advancing Black women and women of color in the workplace and beyond. During the moderated Q&A we will discuss:

  • Systemic and cultural barriers that inhibit progress
  • Policies and practices that have supported Black women and women of color in their career
  • Tips for both employers and employees on centering the advancement of Black women and women of color

Guest Speakers:

Cristina Costa, Learning and Development Program Manager, Outco | Chief Marketing Officer and Career Coach, Women With Purpose

Farrah Belizaire, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Boston University School of Medicine | Founder and Managing Director, LiteWork Events

Louvre Walker-Hannon, Senior Application Engineer, MathWorks

Yi- Chin Chen, Executive Director, Friends of the Children


5:00-5:30- Event check-in begins; mingling

5:30-5:40- Welcome, SGO intro, housekeeping/announcements, intro to panelists

5:40-6:15- Moderated panel discussion

6:15-6:30- Audience Q&A

6:30-7:00- Closing and open networking

How is this going to work?

We’ll be sending out a calendar invite to all attendees one week prior to the event. In that invite, you’ll get a bunch of details on how it works, as well as a list of virtual table topics that we’ll pre-set for you to assist in our virtual networking (don’t worry, we’ll leave some room for random on-the-fly conversations too, you can just consider these icebreakers!). You won’t need to download any software, but for the best experience we recommend having a computer with both camera and microphone capability.

About SGO DEI Meet-Ups:

If you’re leading efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at your company, are just starting to dive into the topic at your workplace, or want to learn more about DEI at work, this meetup is for you! Join others from a variety of industries, with various levels of experience and backgrounds who are also working toward creating equity in the workplace. Make connections, share experiences and learn from each other in a casual setting. Open to all genders.

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