Recently, the San Francisco and Salt Lake City chapters of NOBLEtacks had the opportunity to attend Afrotech , a two-day conference and speaker series in Oakland designed to facilitate relationships between African-American professionals and the tech community in the Bay Area. With more than 10k attendees, the conference was a rousing success providing an informative and fun--if busy--weekend for all.
As a partner, Thumbtack hosted a booth on the main expo floor. With thousands of bright students roaming, and a prime position next to our friends at Tinder, we kept busy introducing students to our brand and some of the NOBLEtacks members. While most of the crowds gathered in the expo center, the entire convention center hosted panels and discussions in a multi-track styled convention. My particular favorite was the panel: Seeing Yourself In Tech. The participants from Hack the Hood, an Oakland non-profit that sets under-resourced youth on the path to tech careers, discussed authenticity and representation, particularly in the context of code-switching. The talk was insightful and touching and helped reaffirm my commitment to inclusive practices.
Altogether, the weekend was a fun reminder of why our work in NOBLEtacks is essential. We’d also love to hear from the community - Have you always seen yourself as running your own business? When was the moment you realized that it was what you wanted to do?
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Hey Everyone - My name is Aaron and I’m a member and former lead of our San Francisco Chapter of NOBLEtacks - an employee resource group (ERG) for our Black employees and allies. (N.O.B.L.E. stands for Network of Black Leaders and Employees)
We believe that Thumbtack’s creativity, knowledge, and power are fueled by unique multicultural perspectives and thought leadership. Our mission is to create an environment where all employees feel empowered and celebrated both inside and outside of the workplace. We’ve built partnerships, created networking opportunities, hosted events, and served as an open forum for employees interested in black culture.
One of our continuous goals is to become even more active within our Pro Community. Most recently, we hosted a panel discussion with three of our Black women pros; Giving them a stage to discuss the highs and lows of starting and maintaining a successful business not only as a woman, but a Black Woman. A STRONG Black woman. When asked what parting word each of them would like to leave the audience with in order to build a successful business, they responded with “Listen, Hustle & Discipline” respectively. Leaving the sentiments that everyone’s path is different, but through hard work and determination, dreams can be achieved!
A few NOBLE members also flew to Brooklyn for an affinity dinner with Black Pros in the area and then took the train down to Philadelphia the next morning to have lunch with our Philly Pros! Having the opportunity to interact with our Pro Community intimately to further understand the value and impact that you bring to the platform and how we can continue to leverage your voices and ideas was truly empowering and reinforced why we love what we do!
The sense of community and belonging for ourselves and those around us is what drives us to continue doing the work we do and we look forward to sharing more of it as well as partnering with you all in the near future!
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