Happy Juneteenth! Whether through a formal gathering or protest, or purposeful and planned moments of reflection, we invite you to join us in making this a day of celebration, introspection and commitment to listening, learning, and doing what’s needed to help make meaningful change. We’re continuing these efforts beyond today through our next 20X.
When we started the Women Tech Council 13 years ago, we did so with the fundamental belief that teams, organizations and communities are better and stronger when they are diverse, equitable and inclusive. While we have long been committed to this mission, the events of the last several weeks have shown us that we all can and must do so much more to overcome racism, injustice and hate. We stand together with our Black community and all people of color in this mission. We hear you. We love you. We are committed to supporting you. We want to be part of meaningful solutions.
At this crucial time of reflection and learning, we are unveiling our next 20X word: LISTEN. There is so much to learn, understand, change, start and stop to improve systems, correct injustices, and heal long-standing wounds. But to know both how and where to start, we invite everyone to join us and listen to the perspectives, experiences and insights of the people of color in our community. By listening with intent and seeking to understand, we hope to begin to understand the far reaching impacts of this issue, and what each of us can do to be part of the solutions.
Please join with us in seeking meaningful conversations and learning how to be a part of enacting meaningful changes—but before you say and act, join with us to listen.