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Being Black in Tech with Kevin Stewart

Released Tuesday, 26th May 2020
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Kevin Stewart is an engineering leader who has worked across multiple company stages such as Fastly, Heptio, Nodesource, and Adobe. Today, he is the VP of Engineering at Harvest.
In this episode, we talk about the invisible burden that code-switching puts on underrepresented groups. How can we build D&I initiatives that actually lead to more diverse hiring and greater inclusion on our teams? Listen is as Kevin and Wes discuss.
Wes’ Takeaways:
Our metrics may undermine our D&I efforts.
Code-switching places an invisible burden on under-represented folks.
If we’re in a position of privilege, we need to champion underrepresented groups instead of tokenizing them.
Make sure people like public praise… Also, praise their work instead of their identity.