Holy Sh**. We (I) Should Know Better.

Her Corner

Frederique Irwin

April 11, 2018

While attending a 10-year business anniversary party, an elderly black man who spent his career as an executive in the government sat down next to me. We were both there to honor his daughter and her business success.

A few minutes into our conversation he asked me: “With all due respect, why is it that you don’t have any men working for you at Her Corner?”

I was caught by surprise. I answered honestly that we don’t really attract a lot of men for the roles that we post.

BUT WHAT HE SAID NEXT THREW ME COMPLETELY FOR A LOOP – AND MADE ME CHANGE OUR COMPANY’S STRATEGIC DIRECTION.

What he said to me was this: “You know, that’s what many well-intentioned people have said about why there aren’t more African American people in leadership positions. Or why there aren’t more women in technology. If you want to be diverse, you need to make it a strategic priority. Otherwise, you’ll continue to see the same results.”

While Her Corner will remain an organization for women business owners, and we will continue to recruit women to teach our programs—for a variety of reasons I can explain if you’re curious to hear them—what we need to do is be a better representation of all women. We need a more diverse pool of women leading Her Corner and helping women grow and scale their companies.

And right now, we’re mostly a bunch of white girls.

The next day Kimby and I told our team: This is a strategic priority. We want more women of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds to join our team.

We want all women who come to Her Corner to be able to see someone who looks like them, to be inspired by those women, and to find role models.

And we want that to start now.

It had never occurred to me that I was accidentally falling into the same trap that has kept women and people of color from getting the top jobs. It’s one thing to say it. It’s another to do something about it.

So we’re actively recruiting to build a diverse pool of talent here at Her Corner. Check out our open roles online and send me your very best talent. I’d love to meet them!