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How companies should be thinking about ERGs when building an inclusive work environment

In this episode:

This week, Andréa Long, former Senior Manager, Diversity Recruiting Partnerships at DoorDash and now Head of Talent Engagement Strategy at Upstart, joins Untapped to discuss how to recruit top talent from underrepresented communities and the role ERGs play in the context of diversity and inclusion.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • When organizations should start to think about ERGs
  • What role ERGs play in the context of D&I
  • What type of support systems ERG leaders need from their organizations
  • Why inclusion recruiting is so impactful and where you should start
  • The importance of events and how you should be thinking about them, and most importantly, how to get started

Our guest:

Andréa Long

Andréa Long is a Bay Area native, UC Davis alumna, and entrepreneur. Andréa has worked on diversity & inclusion initiatives for top tech companies and has led the strategy and execution of programming for Employee Resource Groups. In further efforts to increase diversity and inclusion, she co-founded Our Collective, a community resource group that empowers Black and Latinx Employee Resource Group leaders. In 2012, Andréa founded Firewood Events, an event and wedding planning company, and then in 2020, she co-founded Swag by Asayo, a swag and gifting company that features products from Black- and Latinx-owned small businesses. In all of her work, Andréa takes a people-first approach in order to be as inclusive as possible for people of all identities and backgrounds across the globe. When not working or running her businesses, you can find Andréa decorating and furnishing her new home, baking sweet treats, or hosting a game night with family and friends.