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How we help Black-owned businesses grow their digital skills

Born on a cotton plantation in Louisiana in 1867, Sarah Breedlove faced many challenges as she sought to work her way out of poverty during a time of intense racial discrimination. Like many Black Americans, Sarah, who would later be known as Madam C.J. Walker, turned to entrepreneurship as a way to create her own opportunity and started a hair care line in 1906. She eventually grew that company into a hair and cosmetics empire, becoming the first Black female millionaire in the United States.To...
Tags: Google, Small Business, Washington, Atlanta, United States, Louisiana, Sarah, Black, Walker, Johnny, Google Ads Analytics, Shallon, Sarah Breedlove, Madam C J Walker, Diversity and Inclusion, G Suite

Upholding the legacy of Black entrepreneurship in Atlanta

February is Black History Month across the U.S., but here in Atlanta, Black history is everywhere, year-round. Atlanta is the number one city for Black prosperity, and the country’s fourth-largest tech hub. As more than a quarter of Atlanta's tech workers are Black, it’s clear that our city’s startup scene is just the latest iteration of a long legacy of Black entrepreneurship. There's a spirit in the city that inspired the entrepreneurs of the past, and continues to attract tech talent today.I ...
Tags: Google, Entrepreneurs, Atlanta, Silicon Valley, Michelle Green, Atlanta Google, Diversity and Inclusion, Jewel Burks, Google for Startups, Atlanta Partpic, Russell Center for Innovation Along, Collab Studio Collab Studio, Collab Studio, Atlanta Founders Academy

More Biglaw Firms Encourage Associates And Staff To Use Gender Pronouns In Email Signatures

This is a move that goes far in setting the tone of inclusion at law firms.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Transgender Rights, Trans Issues, Diversity and Inclusion, Gender Pronouns

Project Witness shows life in prison from a child’s point of view

Editor's note: Today’s guest post comes from John Legend, artist, producer and activist; and Ty Stiklorius, veteran music manager, CEO of Friends at Work, Producer and ActivistAt the age of 17, Jarrett Harper was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His crime was killing the man who had sexually abused him and his brother over a number of years. But he was not seen as a desperate child victim trying to stop the abuse he and his brother were enduring. Instead, he was sentenced as a child t...
Tags: Google, California, Youtube, John Legend, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Bryan, Jarrett, Bryan Stevenson, Ty Stiklorius, Diversity and Inclusion, John Legend Ty Stiklorius, Jarrett Harper, Lancaster Prison, Baylon Harper Jarrett, Jarrett Harper John Legend Jarrett

One man's mission to add civil rights history to Google Maps

“I think in another life, I would have been a private investigator,” says Paul Kang. The Nashville resident is a paralegal for an immigration law firm, but it’s his hobby as a Local Guide on Google Maps that’s brought out his inner detective, turning him into something of a historian.Paul and his family moved to Tennessee in 2012, and it was out of necessity that he was first introduced to Google Maps and soon after Local Guides, the community of everyday people who are passionate about sharing ...
Tags: Google, Maps, Molly, Tennessee, Nashville, Google Maps, Memphis, Martin Luther King Jr, Emmett Till, PAUL, Paul Kang, Diversity and Inclusion, Courthouse

Annie Jean-Baptiste keeps asking, “who else?”

As a child, Annie Jean-Baptiste wanted to be a pediatrician. But when her freshman year of college rolled around, her dream took a turn. “I started taking some of the classes and thinking ‘I don’t know if this is really what I should be doing…’” she laughs. Now, as Google’s Head of Product Inclusion, Annie helps teams make sure Google products are made for everyone. She’s not wearing scrubs, but she says she’s found another way to help people live fuller lives. “I feel most alive when I’m intera...
Tags: Google, Molly, Annie, Haiti, Googlers, Diversity and Inclusion, Annie Jean Baptiste, The She Word

Reality TV star Tanya Sam on life as an entrepreneur

In 2018, women received only 2.2 percent of all venture capital funding. Women Techmakers, Google’s program to build visibility, community and resources for women in technology, is committed to changing this narrative. That’s why we’re launching Founded, a new web series that shares the stories of women founders who are using tech to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. To highlight the stories of four women of color tech entrepreneurs, for our first season we’re taking our viewer...
Tags: Entrepreneurs, Atlanta, Club, Kate, PAUL, Tanya, Diversity and Inclusion, Rana Abdelhamid, TechSquare Labs, Tanya Sam, Tech Square Labs, Women Techmakers Google, Tech Square Labs Atlanta, Kate 's Club

A sneak peek at our IWD summit series with Mira Leung

Every March, Google celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) by hosting a series of summits across the globe. In 2020, there are 15 different summits taking place in 10 countries. The events will feature inspiring speakers from the tech industry, interactive workshops presented by Google’s Women Techmakers and community building among women in tech. Part of the goal of these events is to build community among local women in the tech industry. In every country hosting a summit, we have a list o...
Tags: Google, Google Analytics, Nasa, Seattle, Google Maps, Mira, Don, University of British Columbia, Diversity and Inclusion, Meron Tamrat, Mira Leung, Swati Vauthrin, Wendy A Okolo

Little Doodle, big impact: Honoring the Greensboro sit-in

As a little girl, my biggest wish was for a dollhouse. But as the daughter of a single mom, we just couldn’t afford things like that. Forty-something years later, that wish came true. I bought my first dollhouse. What I didn’t know at the time was that a childhood dream would soon become my passion for telling stories through dioramas.My love for miniatures gained a new meaning upon the devastating incarceration of my son. It was in the midst of that pain and anguish that I came up with the Afri...
Tags: Doodles, Black, Greensboro, Rebecca Veit, Eddie Lewis, Diversity and Inclusion, Karen Collins, United States Civil Rights Movement

From Boggle to Google: Meg Mitchell’s mission to make AI for everyone

Long before Meg Mitchell founded the Ethical AI team at Google in 2017, she loved Boggle, the classic game where players come up with words from random letters in three minutes or less. Looking back at her childhood Boggle-playing days, Meg sees the game as her early inspiration to pursue studying computational linguistics. “I always loved identifying patterns, solving puzzles, language games, and creating new things,”  Meg says. “And Boggle had it all. It was a puzzle, and it was creative.”The ...
Tags: Google, Meg, Wendell, Reed College, Diversity and Inclusion, The She Word, Reena Jana, Meg Mitchell, Boggle, Wendell Wendell

Supporting future history makers with NAACP

When I was in the 11th grade, I had the opportunity to write my first screenplay through NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) program. The program provides a platform for Black high school students—more than 300,000 to date—to bring their ideas to life and kickstart their journeys to becoming leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), humanities, business, and the arts. ACT-SO gave me the confidence to pursue my dream of working in the...
Tags: Google, Atlanta, Katy Perry, Naacp, Detroit, Anthony,, New York University, Black Googler Network, Diversity and Inclusion, Anthony Burrell, Gerald Jean Baptiste, Larry Brown Jr, Black Googler Network Bay Area, Beyonce Mariah Carey Rihanna, Anthony Burrell Center for Dance

The Most Searched: A celebration of Black history makers

Search trends can help us understand what people are interested in and what has endured—the people and events that have captivated our attention over time. Last year, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day approached, our team had a hunch that his monumental “I Have A Dream Speech” might be the most searched speech in the United States in Google Trends history. It prompted us to analyze 15 years’ worth of U.S. search trends data to find out.Sure enough, it was. This revelation was an electrifying mo...
Tags: Google, Search, United States, Kendrick Lamar, Naacp, Maya Angelou, Black, Black History Month,, Montgomery, Diversity and Inclusion, Shea Jackson McCann, Jackson McCann

Campus London calling: apply for Women Founders residency

Only nine percent of C-level positions—and six percent of CEOs—at European startups are women. Of all the funds raised by European venture capital-backed companies in 2018, a staggering 93 percent went to all-male founding teams. In order to combat this, last year Google for Startups introduced the first Women Founders Residency at our Campus in London—one of seven Campuses around the world—to back women-led startups using technology to tackle key social issues. Founders receive access to Google...
Tags: Google, UK, London, Entrepreneurs, Vitor, Diversity and Inclusion, Mariama Boumanjal, Elina Naydenova, Feebris, Vitor Rodriguez

Products that work for you, no matter who you are

I grew up as a first generation Haitian American woman, and I understand how things like race and gender can affect your experience in the world. When products that you use every day are built for people who don’t have a background similar to yours, it can be a frustrating experience. For example, I think of social media filtering that automatically lightens my skin tone.As lead of our product inclusion team, it’s my job to help Google create products that reflect all of our users—no matter who ...
Tags: Google, Google Pixel, Diversity and Inclusion, Annie Jean-Baptiste

Teacher's coding lesson helps students show gratitude

Tori Pickens’ students at the George B. Armstrong Elementary School for International Studies joined millions of teachers and students around the world to do an Hour of Code last week. Hour of Code is a global computer science initiative that creates a fun and creative environment for students to be introduced to the concepts of computer programming. The activity they completed, Code Your Hero by CS First, allowed students to reflect on and honor the everyday heroes in their lives while learning...
Tags: Education, CS, Chicago, Tori, CS First, Diversity and Inclusion, Cs Education Week, Tiffany Walter, Tori Pickens

Meet the Googlers making coding education more equitable

Within the Education Equity team at Google, three women are changing the education landscape for the next generation of black and Latinx engineers—and I’m lucky enough to call them coworkers.  April Alvarez, Peta-Gay Clarke and Bianca Okafor are part of my team at Google that’s leading two education initiatives: Code Next is a free computer science education program for black and Latinx high schoolers, and Tech Exchange is a semester-long program for historically black colleges and universities ...
Tags: Google, Education, Peta, Black, Bianca, Diversity and Inclusion, The She Word, Mary Jo Madda, Education Equity, Alvarez Peta Gay Clarke, Bianca Okafor, Tech Exchange, Mountain View Both, Computer Science Education Week Dec, HBCU HSI, Computer Science Education Week What

37 students accepted to CS Research mentorship program

Computer science research addresses problems that affect all of our lives, from producing better flood forecasts to live captions and more. To ensure that CS research explores the issues that affect all communities, the researchers themselves need to be representative of those communities But in 2018, less than 25 percent of computer science PhD degrees in the United States were awarded to researchers from groups historically underrepresented in technology.As part of our efforts to broaden parti...
Tags: Google, Education, United States, Mountain View, Cornell University, Rachel, Society of Women Engineers, Diversity and Inclusion, Sloan Davis, CS Research, CS Research Mentorship Program CSRMP, Sam Steinberg, CS Research Mentorship Program

Ladies of Landsat builds inclusivity in the geosciences

Editor’s note:Today’s post is by Morgan Crowley, a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University who studies wildfire progressions. This post is based on her recent appearance on the podcast Scene From Above. Above photo courtesy of McGill University. Working and studying in the geosciences can be lonely sometimes. I didn’t realize how lonely I was, and that this loneliness was tied to my identity as a woman, until I spent several days at a conference without seeing anyone else in the ladies’ roo...
Tags: Google, India, Canada, Kenya, Google Earth, Dublin, McGill University, University of Utah, Geo, Diversity and Inclusion, Joanne White, Morgan Crowley, McGill University Working, Erika Persons, Jody Vogelerand, Kate Fickas

Dare to Think Differently

As many of my colleagues are aware, I am at heart, a maverick, an unorthodox or independent-minded person. Who is curious and inquisitive, and finds change and challenging the status quo exciting, fascinating and stimulating. I am also, considered, by some, as a misfit, someone whose behaviours and attitudes sets them apart from others in ...
Tags: Change, Creativity, Innovation, Disruptive Innovation, Difference, Open Innovation, Innovation Mindset, Innovative Thinking, Diversity and Inclusion, Think Differently

Finalists from our Design Challenge are Changing the Game

Research shows that while half of all mobile game players are women, only 23 percent of them think there’s equal treatment and opportunity in the industry. In order to promote women as players and creators, Change The Game empowers the next generation of game makers so all players can feel represented and engaged. Our annual Design Challenge encouraged teenagers nationwide to design an original game. We received over 1,500 entries and selected five finalists, who worked with Girls Make Games. Th...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Washington, Earth, Anna, Alex, Lucy, Lune, YUME, Krista, Bridgette, NEHA, Diversity and Inclusion, Jade Raymond, New York Anna, Brightlove

Sharing knowledge this Native American Heritage Month

I am a proud tribal member of Doyon, one of the 12 Alaska Native regional corporations. Unlike the “lower 48” states, Alaskan Native tribes are organized as incorporated entities. My family has lived and fished in Alaska for generations; we have a fish camp on the Yukon River where we come together every summer to live off the land, with no running water, no electricity and no access except by boat. Growing up each summer on the Yukon has taught me the importance of knowledge sharing—passing tra...
Tags: Google, California, Alaska, Google Earth, Oklahoma, Rogers, Yukon, Fairbanks Alaska, Will Rogers, Yukon River, Columbia River, Alaska Native, Shauna, Cherokee Nation, Dontae, Heritage Month

How Web Accessibility Affects Employment

    “only 40% of working-age adults with disabilities have a job”   All businesses are required by law to be equal opportunity employers. However, even if a company does not discriminate during hiring or employment if its website isn’t accessible to people of varying abilities, that company is still prohibiting the largest minority group – people […]
Tags: Featured, News, Recruiting, HR, Access, Ada, Hiring, Disabilities, Branding, WCAG, Blog Posts, Candidate Experience, Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion

Investing in affordable and inclusive communities

Editor’s note: This guest post comes from Micaela Connery, Founder and CEO of The Kelsey.My cousin Kelsey and I were born three months apart, going through every life milestone together. When it came time to live on our own, it took me several months to find housing—but it took Kelsey almost eight years. Her family struggled to find a home that was supportive of her disabilities, while still letting Kelsey be part of the broader community. Kelsey and me It’s a challenge almost ever...
Tags: Google, Accessibility, San Jose, Bay Area, Northern California, Kelsey, San Jose California, Diversity and Inclusion, Sares Regis Group, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Company announcements, Micaela Connery, Micaela Connery Founder, Kelsey Ayer Station

AILA President And Sidley Austin Partner Marketa Lindt On Nonprofits, Chicago, And Immigration (And Hamilton!)

Diversity and inclusion is a critical value and goal, both within the legal profession and within the immigration bar.
Tags: Law, Immigration, Biglaw, Hamilton, Aila, Renwei Chung, Diversity and Inclusion, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA, Marketa Lindt

Bringing Wi-Fi to the residents of Celilo Village

For the past seven years, I have spent time visiting students in rural communities across Washington State, where I live. I share information about science, engineering, technology and math, and specifically talk about software engineering and the projects Google has launched. It’s a true joy of mine to see students excited about technology, and see their young minds thinking about the possibilities ahead of them. When I visit students, I get to combine my experience as an engineer at Google, an...
Tags: Chromebooks, Public Policy, Diversity and Inclusion, Data Centers and Infrastructure, Suzanne DePoe

Making support accessible: why Google joined Be My Eyes

Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Will Butler of Be My Eyes, whose recent partnership with Google makes support more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.As a blind person, accessibility is everything. If the products or services that I use aren’t accessible, I can’t communicate with friends and family, hold down a job, buy things, or invest my money. This experience is a reality for the over 253 million people who are blind or have low vision, and the millions more who fa...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Accessibility, Will Butler, Diversity and Inclusion

Why Litigation Will Become Diverse More Quickly Than Other Fields Of Law

Litigation is different: Clients want profits.  Profits require diverse trial teams.  And law firms must do want clients want.  Period.
Tags: Law, Litigators, Mark Herrmann, In-House Counsel, Diversity and Inclusion

How Google made me proud to be out at work

Until I started working at Google in 2014, I had never been out at work.  Now, less than five years later, everything is different: I’m an active volunteer leader in Google’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group—a Googler-run, company-supported organization that works to provide an inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ employees, and partners closely with our Trans Employee Resource Group, which represents our transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary colleagues. As part of my role, I’ve had the cha...
Tags: Google, New York City, New Mexico, Googlers, Diversity and Inclusion, Working at Google, Mistral Myers, LGBTQ Employee Resource Group, Trans Employee Resource Group

ExploreCSR grants get more women into computer science research

Since 2000, women have earned only one in five computer science doctoral degrees, one of the lowest in all science and engineering disciplines. As part of our efforts to get more women involved in computer science research careers and make them more accessible to everyone, we’re giving our latest round of exploreCSR grants to 24 universities. With these grants, universities will design workshops to encourage and support more women to pursue research careers in CS.Princess Sampson, a sophomore at...
Tags: Education, Atlanta, CS, Black, Southwest, Georgia Tech, Spelman, Sampson, Spelman College, Ayanna Howard, Diversity and Inclusion, Sepi Hejazi Moghadam, Spelbots Spelman

How an underdog Fresno startup finds local talent

One thing about building a business that no one ever tells you: your company’s culture is set in stone by the time you hire your tenth employee. Who you hire largely determines your ability to succeed; a recent study found 65 percent of startups fail due to people-related reasons. No pressure, right? We're Bitwise Industries, a Central California startup driving economic growth despite being far from the streets of Los Angeles and the high-tech workspaces of the Bay Area. Bitwise taps into the “...
Tags: Google, Fresno, Los Angeles, Entrepreneurs, Google Analytics, Central California, Diversity and Inclusion, Bitwise, Google for Startups, Irma Olguin Jr, Bitwise Industries, Bay Area Bitwise, Fresno Great