Zvi Band Coder & Founder. Co-Founder & CEO of Contactually. Organizer of DC Tech Meetup & ProudlyMadeInDC. Always in search of the best breakfast burrito.

Part of the solution

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“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” – Eldridge Cleaver

My motus operandi has been to surround myself with the best talent possible – irregardless of any other defining characteristic they may possess (country, race, sexual orientation, affinity for hot sauce). So I never paid attention to any talk about workplace diversity, believing that that was a counterbalance to sins of prior generations. I was “post-diversity” – we would source and hire the best, paying zero attention to anything else other than their merits.

Recently I watched Facebook’s internal training on managing unconscious bias. Rarely has any material made such an impact on my thought process.

As we look to the next stage of growth – my thinking needs to change. We just held our first internal training – centered around this material. To bring the point home, I was able to recall an exact situation where we inadvertently treated two candidates differently – and it was shocking to all of us.

There’s a lot more work we need to do in this area.

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Zvi Band Coder & Founder. Co-Founder & CEO of Contactually. Organizer of DC Tech Meetup & ProudlyMadeInDC. Always in search of the best breakfast burrito.

Zvi Band

Founder of Contactually.
I'm also passionate about growing the DC startup community, and I've founded Proudly Made in DC and the DC Tech Meetup.