Aubrey Blanche

Previously Head of Diversity & Belonging @Atlassian

Aubrey Blanche is The Mathpath (Math Nerd + Empath), Director of Equitable Design & Impact at Culture Amp, and a startup investor and advisor. Through all her work, she seeks to question, reimagine, and redesign the systems and practices that surround us to ensure that all people can access equitable opportunities and build a better world. Her work is undergirded by her training in social scientific methods and grounded in the fundamental dignity and value of every person. Her professional expertise covers a broad range of equitable enterprise operations, from talent lifecycle programs and accessible product development to event design and communications & media. She is the inventor of the balanced teams approach to building proportional representation and a culture of belonging in the workplace, as well as the Balanced Teams Diversity Assessment in the Atlassian Team Playbook. She works to open source these methods for all practitioners and business leaders, and releases thought leadership and tools to create positive change at aubreyblanche.com.

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How Moving From "D&I" to Equitable Design Builds Better Products

How many products are poorly designed or produce real-world harm because the right voices weren't let into the room where the building...happens? How much money has been spent on “diversity & inclusion” while companies remain homogenous and underrepresented employees struggle to thrive?

Funding external partnerships and PR don’t address daily microaggressions underrepresented employees face, while unconscious bias training has been shown to potentially increase bias in the workplace. An almost singular focus on women in the workplace has left women of color behind, erased the experience of people with disabilities, and left almost everyone with “diversity fatigue”. Progressive business leaders are questioning many traditional “best practices” that haven’t shown to have positive impact on employees, and are building new, data-informed and intersectional strategies to truly move the needle.

Join The Mathpath Aubrey Blanche, Director of Equitable Design & Impact at Culture Amp, to learn how you can evolve your programs to create fair experiences for every employee and build better, safer products.

DATE

Wednesday Nov 4 / 10:00AM PST (40 minutes )

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Dealing with the DEI Backlash

Individuals and organizations stand to gain enormous benefits from investing in DEI. However, those investments can come with a cost. Studies have shown that being outspoken about DEI may hinder your ability to get hired or even cost you your job. Powerful government figures have banned even mentioning core concepts like critical race theory, unconscious bias training, privilege, etc. This panel will help you understand how to confront these risks.

DATE

Wednesday Nov 4 / 12:30PM PST (40 minutes )

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3 weeks of live software engineering content designed around your schedule.

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