Twitter, LinkedIn, the Chronicle, other media – social and print – throughout Silicon Valley and beyond, abound with frustrations about diversity in the workplace these days. The conversation is important because we have a lot of work to do to get to workplaces that are truly equal, that are welcoming — workplaces where one does not have to suffer through explicit or implicit questions about her ability or right to be there. These are conversations we try to enable on Unraveling Pink: non-judgmental, open conversations about what we think but may not typically express, about the gender-based assumptions that impact our productivity or satisfaction at work, and what we can do about them.
Silicon Valley is currently in the “Red Zone.” But there is hope. There is a “release valve” that offers help to employers and employees. Resources that enable employers to create the kind of diverse environment that Google is struggling to develop in the very public eye right now. Resources that employees can anonymously seek out to get help when they feel harassed or discriminated against — or just need a sanity check when suffering through yet another micro-aggression in a workplace that doesn’t reflect their identity.
In this episode of Unraveling Pink (recorded prior to the “Google memo”), Janine Yancey, CEO and founder of Emtrain, shares how Emtrain serves as this very necessary release valve, and how we can move our organizations from the Red Zone, through Orange, and even Yellow, into the coveted Green Zone.