Blend’s commitment to building an equitable ecosystem, Pt. 3

By Erik Wrobel, Head of Product at Blend

Color photo of Eric Wrobel, a White man with blue eyes and plaid shirt, Head of Product at Blend.

Over the past twelve months, we’ve seen a renewed urgency in how companies tackle their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Amidst the challenging backdrop presented by COVID-19, two out of five companies…

Blend’s commitment to building an equitable ecosystem, Pt. 2

Color photo of Crystal Sumner, a blonde, blue eyed woman who is smiling, the author of this article and Head of Legal for Blend.
Crystal Sumner, Head of Legal at Blend

By Crystal Sumner, Head of Legal at Blend

At Blend, our commitment to removing the barriers to lending and democratizing access to capital for all Americans isn’t just a well-intentioned goal. It’s at the heart of everything we do each day and a value deeply embedded in our DNA.


By Claire Kwon, Director of Product Design at Blackline

The following is a repost of an article Claire Kwon wrote for in January 2020. Claire will be speaking at the Tech Inclusion 2020 Career Fair on Thursday, October 15th from 2:00–3:00PM PT. …

Blend’s commitment to building an equitable ecosystem, Pt. 1

By Ulysses Smith, Head of Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging at Blend

Nima Ghamsari, a Persian man in a black t-shirt, and Ulyssses Smith, a Black man in a blue collared shirt, on stage
Ulysses and Nima Ghamsari, Blend CEO & Co-founder, at Tech Inclusion 2019

At the Tech Inclusion Global Summit earlier this year, we never could have imagined that the state of the country would change so dramatically in just a month. Leaders and decision makers were already trying to figure out how…

A successful entrepreneurship ecosystem promotes diversity, fosters inclusion, and improves equity for everyone.

By Antonia Ford, originally published as part of the Kauffman Foundation’s Uncommon Voices series

Three people sit on a couch in front of a blue Tech Inclusion sign, discussing inclusion ecosystem building for a panel.
From Left to Right: Chris Davidson of StartOut, Vanessa Roanhorse of Roanhorse Consulting, and Orlando Harris of the SFSU Office of Career Services and Leadership, discuss how to build and recognize inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems on the Kauffman Tech Inclusion panel last year.

“Our future workforce is going to look very different than our workforce of today, and if we don’t change, we will leave so many people behind that I don’t think our community will be successful in…

My father is deaf.

Oftentimes, group discussions are difficult for him to follow along with because nobody in his immediate family is fluent in ASL. So my father and I decided to work together to come up with a possible solution, leading to development of the App MyGroup application. …

By Antonia Ford

Mary Farrow smiles brightly, wearing a black blazer on her Tech Inclusion 2019 speaker card.

Mary Farrow is an enthusiastic supporter of the robot revolution and loves to build machines that make people’s lives better. Currently a Data & ML Platform PM at Lyft, Mary started her product management career at Intuit. Prior to that, Mary was an Ph.D. researcher in protein…

Paidamoyo-Janet Azehko (alternatively known a Myles) is Founder and Creative Director of Project Erostribe, and spoke for first time at Tech Inclusion 2019. A former circus performer and fashion designer, they are teaching themself to code in their spare time and aspires to turn Project Erostribe into a live/work art…

By Antonia Ford

Left, Karen Catlin smiles into the camera. She wears a blue blouse. Right, the TI19 logo and Karen’s full name and title.

Coach. Speaker. Author. Consultant. Karen Catlin advocates for inclusive workplaces through multiple channels, not the least of which includes her recent book, Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces. This year at Tech Inclusion 2019, Karen will be leading a workshop by the same title…

Interviewed by Antonia Ford

A Tech Inclusion speaker card featuring a photo of Irma L. Olguin Jr., smiling into the camera and wearing a black shirt.

In 2013, Irma L. Olguin Jr. decided to build a company focused on strengthening the tech industry in Fresno, Calif. and leveraging it as the economic driver to remake the city. …

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