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Have you ever been marginalized, stereotyped or sexually harassed in the workplace? Software engineer Erica Joy Baker has. As she recalls her painful experiences, she offers general principles to companies that wish to foster an atmosphere of inclusion and belonging to all employees in the workplace. In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Baker’s relatable, moving presentation offers useful pointers to HR personnel and anyone committed to creating psychologically safe workplaces. 

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Erica Joy Baker is a senior engineering manager at Patreon, a crowdfunding company, where she leads the infrastructure team. 

 

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Many minority workers feel marginalized at work every day.

Software engineer Erica Joy Baker loves playing poker. When she learned her co-workers ran an after-work poker game, she was excited to attend. However, the buzz of laughter and chatting that she overheard as she approached the conference room immediately quelled upon her arrival and never resumed. Baker felt like an unwanted outsider among her co-workers. She became crippled with anxiety, which made it impossible for her to play at her best, so she left. This was just a poker game, but many members of underrepresented groups undergo acute anxiety associated with being “the other” at work every day. While most employees show up to the office stewing about whether they can make an impact or accomplish their career goals, minority workers carry additional concerns...


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