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Thumbtack Employee
Thumbtack Employee
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Hello Pro Community!

My name is Alex and I lead our diversity and inclusion program at Thumbtack. Essentially my job is to partner with different teams across the company to integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the way we operate. The end goal is simple: help everyone feel like they belong.

Thumbtack’s mission is to help everyone do life’s work with joy and purpose. And frankly, it can be difficult to do this work if we don’t feel seen or understood. We believe it’s essential to support and celebrate people of all backgrounds, and this philosophy extends to our Pro Community. 

Within our offices, we invest in 8 our employee resource groups (ERGs), which are identity-based communities that help us foster that sense of belonging. ERGs are typically comprised of people from underrepresented and/or marginalized backgrounds, but anyone is welcome to join as an ally.

Today, we have 8 ERGs:

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We’ve learned quickly that our ERGs love connecting with pros who share their identities, cultures, and lived experiences. If you’ve had the opportunity to attend one of our Affinity Dinners around the country, you might have met some of the Thumbtack team members who lead our ERGs. I had the privilege of attending a dinner for LGBTQIA pros in San Francisco, and it was amazing to see LGBTQIA entrepreneurs and allies sharing stories and laughter over dinner.

In the spirit of the Affinity Dinners, we want to bring these types of connections into the online Pro Community. So beginning next week, you’ll start seeing posts from our ERGs about a variety of topics, starting with TackVets and Proudtacks. I can safely say that our team is very excited to kick this off. 🙂

Looking forward to collaborating with all of you to ensure Thumbtack is an inclusive place for all!

5 responses
Community Veteran

@AlexL Would a GenXTack be in the future?

Thumbtack Employee
Thumbtack Employee

@ChefOfAllSeason No one has proposed it yet! But I know some companies have groups for older employees (e.g., a group for anyone 50+), so that's a possibility down the road.

Community Veteran

@AlexL Demographically, are most Thumbtack Pros between the ages of 35-50?

Are most Thumbtack employees younger than 30?

Community Veteran

@AlexL I have another suggestion: What about something for the TT employee with RL business experience.... something like "Tackbiz"?

Thumbtack Employee
Thumbtack Employee

@ChefOfAllSeason While a group like that would be out of the scope of our diversity and inclusion program, we do have a number of employees who run their own businesses on Thumbtack across different professions.

About the Author
I'm part of the People Team at Thumbtack, where I lead our Diversity and Inclusion program. As part of my role, I partner with teams across the business to integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the ways we work.