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Apr 10, 2022
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In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" - Martin Luther King Jr. Ally ship is something we've been thinking a lot about lately at Intercom. Over the past few weeks on the Latest Mailing Database podcast, we have welcomed and heard from a wide range of voices about the many and varied biases and biases that exist within the tech ecosystem. We also heard how we can do better, where we can help and where we need to listen – as a company and on an individual level. In this episode of Inside Intercom, we talk about alliance as a concept and how to be a good ally. We also discuss anti-racism, representation, privilege and speak through real life stories and examples. Join me in this discussion today: Janeen Ouzel : COO at Wikimedia , and a "black tech revolutionary" who tells us her goal is to use her keyboard for good. Anju an Simmons : Engineering coach at Help Scout and author of Minority Tech - a book that shares his experiences as a black man working in the tech industry. I hope you find as much value in listening to Latest Mailing Database this as we did in producing it. If you like conversation, watch more episodes of our podcast. You can subscribe on iTunes , stream on Spotify , or grab the RSS feed in your reader of choice. The following is a slightly edited transcript of the episode. Karen Peacock: Thank you all for joining us today for this remote panel discussion on Inside Intercom. Today we are going to discuss the topic of alliance and explore how businesses and individuals can be better allies. So let's start by hearing a bit about our two guests and their backgrounds. Janeen, let's start with you. Janeen Ouzel: Thank you for having me. My name is Janeen Ouzel, and I'm the chief operating officer of Wikimedia, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, a platform that I assume your listeners use often. I certainly hope so. I've been with the foundation for a little over a year and a half after a very long career at General Electric. I am an engineer therefore a technician at heart. And my commitment is to really use my keyboard for good. I'm all about the struggle in this particular case, for me it's about access and freedom and information and using the Latest Mailing Database skills that I have as a technologist and as a leader to good. That's what I'm committing to. Karen: I love it. And Janeen, I'm sure you won't be surprised, but I'm probably, at least every other day, a Wikipedia user myself. And I love your mission to use your keyboard for good.
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