I talked to colleagues about how much I loved the diversity of Indianapolis but how it still felt very divided and segregated in many ways. I told the Indy hub leader that I felt like Salesforce was in a position to do more in the community here, especially with underrepresented minorities and the organizations associated with them. With all these incredible resources, tools, and platforms at the ready, why not use them to help these communities skill up in ways that could change their lives?
I had the information to back up my claims, I was clear about what I wanted to say and I was very, very frank.
“You’re right,” he said. “I want those things too. Let’s create a job for you so you can make it happen.”
That wasn’t the response I was expecting! I was amazed but also a little skeptical at first. It seemed almost too good to be true. But before long, as Manager of Community Relations and Partnerships, I was working closely with leadership to enable real change in Indy and helping meet those community goals I’d raised my voice about.
I was blown away by the degree of trust involved. The Indy hub leader didn’t know me or have any experience working with me. But that can be the power of a truly authentic and candid conversation. It can be a bit scary – you’re putting yourself on the line – but if you don’t speak up, you don’t discover what opportunities might be available. This is especially important for underrepresented minorities. Speak up. Find allies. Be heard.