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Amanuail Ambaye, Founder and CEO, LendMe, Inc.

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important for your organization?
The importance of DEI is critical towards the development & growth of a company. As tech companies, we hold the duties of being a direct representation of our communities. This is reflected through our employment, our partnerships with diverse companies, & making honest contributions towards the development of our communities. It’s important that tech companies set this example, as we are a vital part of our society’s future, and it takes a village to succeed.

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Katherine Duncan, Corporate Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important for your organization?
Since our founding, diversity, equity and inclusion have been core to our mission. We have a longstanding track record of investing proactively in our people and our culture, including both our attorneys and professional staff. From recruitment to development and support, we strive to ensure that our people thrive as their authentic selves in their careers at Fenwick and beyond. We understand that a diverse workforce is essential to providing exceptional client service and that inclusive practices foster an environment of cooperation and creativity in which everyone thrives.

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Carl Gipson Director of External Affairs, AT&T

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important for your organization?
Standing up for diversity, equity, and inclusion is important because it may very well take us out of our comfort zone, challenges us to see the world through a different prism, and brings about personal and professional growth. In any competitive industry, we have to strive to understand our customers’ wants and needs, as well as our fellow colleagues, if we are truly interested in success.

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Avery Hall,  Manager, HR Operations, ExtraHop Networks, Inc.

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important for your organization?
At ExtraHop, we believe diversity of thought and culture are business-critical and that our people make us who we are. We are committed to fostering a supportive and diverse workplace that empowers employees to be their whole self, to be heard, and to do their best work.

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Azmeena Hasham,   Executive Director, Public Policy and Community Engagement, Verizon

Why did your organization join the Anti-Racism in Tech Pact?
Verizon is a recognized leader amongst Fortune 500 in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Year after year, we are recognized by the best measures of the industry for how we invest in our talent and support a culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging and purpose. We believe in sharing best practices to ensure inclusive workplaces where we’re all continuously learning and improving.

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Pamela Mattsson, VP People & Organizational Development, Outreach

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important for your organization?
At Outreach, we embrace DEI as a business imperative and hold ourselves and others accountable for a representative, equitable, and inclusive workplace for all. We actively challenge homogeneity, disparity, and the status quo and elevate underrepresented voices. One of our core values at Outreach is “We find strength in diversity, equity, and inclusion.” Living this value means representing our authentic selves and continually seeking different perspectives from others. In order to make this a reality, Outreach is committed to a culture where it is safe to bring your full self to work and one in which unique perspectives are valued and celebrated.

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Jonni Ressler, CEO, Eleven 11 Solutions

Why do you think it’s critical to focus an anti-racist lens in addressing DEI issues in the workplace?
Because the idea of “not being racist” has persisted in a White Male-Dominated Culture for so long, that it’s become both ineffective and a means for maintaining the status quo. In the interest of protecting the idea of a “zero-sum outcome” our society and the tech sector specifically are rewarded for output, for speed, and for rewarding stockholders. This approach continues to support a broken system. The idea of first acknowledging the racist systems that have built this country, the technology industry, along with the commitment to change the systems to more equally benefit those in the Black and Brown communities will require an effort to much more than “not racist”. We have to first acknowledge what we don’t know, what we thought was true, and to embrace the idea of building a more beloved community is a people-first approach that leads to business success and a sense of belonging which every contributing member of society deserves. We are thrilled to partner with WTIA in this effort.

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Brook Riggio, VP of Education, Code Fellows

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important for your organization?
We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the tech industry to ensure that, as the world is shaped by emerging technologies, the tech industry itself is shaped by the beautiful breadth of humanity. To solve the world’s most meaningful challenges, we need everyone at the table!

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Kim Vu, Global Head of DEI, Remitly

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important for your organization?
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are deeply rooted in our purpose and mission at Remitly. Our focus every day is to tirelessly deliver for our customers, many of whom may be underrepresented in the countries they’ve migrated to, and have historically been left out of traditional financial systems. To effectively serve millions of customers who send money home to their families in 100+ different countries, requires teams of committed individuals who demonstrate a deep level of empathy, genuine curiosity, value varied lived experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds, and appreciate the different ways we all think, process, present, and operate. The working environment and culture at Remitly, and the ways of working we employ, are designed to unlock the best thinking and inspire impact from our diverse teams.

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