Meet Sharethrough’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

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July 13, 2022
Matthew Workman
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Diversity, equity, and inclusion matter now more than ever. According to Glassdoor, 2 out of 3 job searchers will actively seek out companies that have a diverse workforce. In fact, 80 percent of job seekers said that inclusion efforts were an important factor in choosing where to work. Additionally, it was found that COVID-19 has contributed to the already uneven work equity gaps with women’s jobs being 1.8x less secure

Sharethrough is committed to maintaining and growing a diverse, caring and inclusive workplace. To honor our commitment, Sharethrough created a Diversity, Equity & Inclusive (DEI) Task Force in March 2020. The goal of our DEI task force was first and foremost to analyze, plan and set in motion concrete steps to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at Sharethrough. Eight diverse individuals currently employed at Sharethrough working across various departments are committed to cultivating a caring, supportive, welcoming and inclusive workplace environment for current and future employees.

What is a DEI Task Force?

A DEI Task Force, also commonly known as a DEI committee, is a group of individuals who are responsible for coordinating initiatives and developing diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization.

Sharethrough’s Task Force came into existence when we realized we wanted to do more to promote DEI in our workplace and accelerate our progress. Since its inception, some of the recent initiatives that have come into effect include: partnership programs with CultureAlly offering training and workshops to Sharethrough employees including Cultural Misfit Education and Bias Training as well as inclusion workshops for our hiring team. 

Ken Poon, VP of Technology at Sharethrough hopes to see Sharethrough become an advocate of DEI that will influence other workplaces of the future, especially for tech startups, and hopefully, in turn, create a better future for his daughters. Read about Ken’s take on DEI at Sharethrough here

Meet the Members of Sharethrough’s DEI Task Force

We asked members of the DEI Task Force “Why they joined the Task Force”, “Why DEI is important to them”, and “what role the Task Force plays at Sharethrough.” Check out their stories and answers below.

Inclusion: The First Step Towards Making the World a Better Place

Inclusion is important to Jeremy Gilreath, Staff Engineer at Sharethrough, not only for improving the workplace, but making the world a better place overall. About his own personal experiences with inclusion, he says: “I'm fortunate to know a lot of diverse people and have similarly diverse close relationships, so when I think about the first step I can take as an individual to actively make our collective world a better place, I think of inclusion. Inclusion often seems like the glue connecting diversity and equity, and when people feel like they belong, they seem much more capable of transforming themselves and the world around them.”

When we asked Jeremy about why he joined Sharethrough’s  DEI Task Force, inclusion was one of the main reasons, stating: “I found myself at a company that is genuinely caring and earnest in their efforts to promote values close to my heart, and I was eventually asked if I wanted to join the DEI Task Force. I don't know how long it would have taken me to consider playing a more active role if it hadn't been for that initial act of inclusion.”

Stronger Together: A Core Value at Sharethrough

For Share Ryan, Senior Account Executive at Sharethrough, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force serves as a way to help fellow employees, as well as further develop her personal growth.

The DEI Task Force is dedicated to curating a caring workplace environment both for the needs of individual employees, and the well-being across departments. Share elaborates on the impact of the DEI Task Force, saying: “It serves to protect and further one of Sharethrough's core values – stronger together. It does this at both a micro and macro levels, from hiring practices to overall management training.”

Sharethrough: A Place For All

Teddy Pierre, Engineer at Sharethrough, finds diversity is important because of its close ties to inclusion. “I'm very much a people person, I don’t like to see anyone left out. It’s important for me that everyone feel included, regardless of their nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or skin colour.”

When we asked Teddy why he decided to join the DEI Task Force, he told us: “As a person of diverse background, it’s important for me to participate in the initiatives that align our organization with a focus on DEI”.

Making Everyone Feel Heard 

Eve Deschamps, Business Partner, People & Culture at Sharethrough is well versed in the importance of diversity, equity and inclusivity within the workplace. “Building a diverse, fair and inclusive environment is key to building trust and commitment with our employees. DEI environments foster creativity and wellbeing, and it is not only needed, it’s crucial for an organization to grow!”

Her main reason for joining the Task Force was to ensure Sharethrough employees worked in an environment where everyone is able to bring their own unique selves to work, and feel comfortable, respected, and empowered while doing so. Check out more inclusive content written by Eve on our blog.

Helping Employees Reach Their True Potential

For Wendy Jensen, Sourcing Coordinator, Talent Acquisition at Sharethrough, diversity is everywhere in the workplace, and she is dedicated to keeping it that way. “As Sharethrough is a global company, there are many diverse employees, from different backgrounds, with different interests. By growing a diverse company culture, we are able to accept new and different perspectives, and reduce fears towards our differences. These perspectives can inspire creativity and drive innovation – that is what makes us so successful.”

For Wendy, having a DEI Task Force comes with several benefits, including: “helping employees feel valued and affirmed, build a stronger sense of identity and well-being and have better career outcomes.”

Making Conversations Happen 

Our employees come from all backgrounds, races, genders, and experiences. Josh Becker, Senior Manager of Engineering is an 8-year veteran at Sharethrough. Josh was surprised to have the opportunity to join a DEI Task Force, an initiative that he found rare amongst companies. He said: “I had to seize the opportunity. As a feminist, gay man, and child of parents battling their own childhood, mental and economic demons, I celebrate all the many allies who helped to build me up, shield me from the harsh realities of growing up in the time and place that I did. They helped me to learn how I could be their ally. We all possess the capability to provide insight, support and help others in their own journeys of acceptance and identification.”

When asked about joining the Task Force, Josh mentions: “I want to be a part of helping to ensure that those conversations happen. I want to be a part of strengthening the emotional safety underlying those conversations. Far too often it's easier to dismiss uncomfortable or inconvenient truths and ignore them. Contributing to the DEI taskforce, hopefully, is a way to make good on that deeply held motivation.”

Embracing Differences: Encouraging Belonging, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Sharethrough, we fully embrace employees’ differences in age, national origin or ancestry, race, color, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, medical condition, religion (or non-religion) marital or domestic partner status, and the multitude of other areas that make us all so unique. The DEI Task Force is dedicated to nurturing Sharethrough’s company culture and ensuring that our workplace is an inclusive and safe place for all.

Interested in working in a DEI-friendly environment, want to learn more about Sharethrough’s company culture, or curious about our open job opportunities? Make sure to reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you!

Diversity, equity, and inclusion matter now more than ever. According to Glassdoor, 2 out of 3 job searchers will actively seek out companies that have a diverse workforce. In fact, 80 percent of job seekers said that inclusion efforts were an important factor in choosing where to work. Additionally, it was found that COVID-19 has contributed to the already uneven work equity gaps with women’s jobs being 1.8x less secure

Sharethrough is committed to maintaining and growing a diverse, caring and inclusive workplace. To honor our commitment, Sharethrough created a Diversity, Equity & Inclusive (DEI) Task Force in March 2020. The goal of our DEI task force was first and foremost to analyze, plan and set in motion concrete steps to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at Sharethrough. Eight diverse individuals currently employed at Sharethrough working across various departments are committed to cultivating a caring, supportive, welcoming and inclusive workplace environment for current and future employees.

What is a DEI Task Force?

A DEI Task Force, also commonly known as a DEI committee, is a group of individuals who are responsible for coordinating initiatives and developing diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization.

Sharethrough’s Task Force came into existence when we realized we wanted to do more to promote DEI in our workplace and accelerate our progress. Since its inception, some of the recent initiatives that have come into effect include: partnership programs with CultureAlly offering training and workshops to Sharethrough employees including Cultural Misfit Education and Bias Training as well as inclusion workshops for our hiring team. 

Ken Poon, VP of Technology at Sharethrough hopes to see Sharethrough become an advocate of DEI that will influence other workplaces of the future, especially for tech startups, and hopefully, in turn, create a better future for his daughters. Read about Ken’s take on DEI at Sharethrough here

Meet the Members of Sharethrough’s DEI Task Force

We asked members of the DEI Task Force “Why they joined the Task Force”, “Why DEI is important to them”, and “what role the Task Force plays at Sharethrough.” Check out their stories and answers below.

Inclusion: The First Step Towards Making the World a Better Place

Inclusion is important to Jeremy Gilreath, Staff Engineer at Sharethrough, not only for improving the workplace, but making the world a better place overall. About his own personal experiences with inclusion, he says: “I'm fortunate to know a lot of diverse people and have similarly diverse close relationships, so when I think about the first step I can take as an individual to actively make our collective world a better place, I think of inclusion. Inclusion often seems like the glue connecting diversity and equity, and when people feel like they belong, they seem much more capable of transforming themselves and the world around them.”

When we asked Jeremy about why he joined Sharethrough’s  DEI Task Force, inclusion was one of the main reasons, stating: “I found myself at a company that is genuinely caring and earnest in their efforts to promote values close to my heart, and I was eventually asked if I wanted to join the DEI Task Force. I don't know how long it would have taken me to consider playing a more active role if it hadn't been for that initial act of inclusion.”

Stronger Together: A Core Value at Sharethrough

For Share Ryan, Senior Account Executive at Sharethrough, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force serves as a way to help fellow employees, as well as further develop her personal growth.

The DEI Task Force is dedicated to curating a caring workplace environment both for the needs of individual employees, and the well-being across departments. Share elaborates on the impact of the DEI Task Force, saying: “It serves to protect and further one of Sharethrough's core values – stronger together. It does this at both a micro and macro levels, from hiring practices to overall management training.”

Sharethrough: A Place For All

Teddy Pierre, Engineer at Sharethrough, finds diversity is important because of its close ties to inclusion. “I'm very much a people person, I don’t like to see anyone left out. It’s important for me that everyone feel included, regardless of their nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or skin colour.”

When we asked Teddy why he decided to join the DEI Task Force, he told us: “As a person of diverse background, it’s important for me to participate in the initiatives that align our organization with a focus on DEI”.

Making Everyone Feel Heard 

Eve Deschamps, Business Partner, People & Culture at Sharethrough is well versed in the importance of diversity, equity and inclusivity within the workplace. “Building a diverse, fair and inclusive environment is key to building trust and commitment with our employees. DEI environments foster creativity and wellbeing, and it is not only needed, it’s crucial for an organization to grow!”

Her main reason for joining the Task Force was to ensure Sharethrough employees worked in an environment where everyone is able to bring their own unique selves to work, and feel comfortable, respected, and empowered while doing so. Check out more inclusive content written by Eve on our blog.

Helping Employees Reach Their True Potential

For Wendy Jensen, Sourcing Coordinator, Talent Acquisition at Sharethrough, diversity is everywhere in the workplace, and she is dedicated to keeping it that way. “As Sharethrough is a global company, there are many diverse employees, from different backgrounds, with different interests. By growing a diverse company culture, we are able to accept new and different perspectives, and reduce fears towards our differences. These perspectives can inspire creativity and drive innovation – that is what makes us so successful.”

For Wendy, having a DEI Task Force comes with several benefits, including: “helping employees feel valued and affirmed, build a stronger sense of identity and well-being and have better career outcomes.”

Making Conversations Happen 

Our employees come from all backgrounds, races, genders, and experiences. Josh Becker, Senior Manager of Engineering is an 8-year veteran at Sharethrough. Josh was surprised to have the opportunity to join a DEI Task Force, an initiative that he found rare amongst companies. He said: “I had to seize the opportunity. As a feminist, gay man, and child of parents battling their own childhood, mental and economic demons, I celebrate all the many allies who helped to build me up, shield me from the harsh realities of growing up in the time and place that I did. They helped me to learn how I could be their ally. We all possess the capability to provide insight, support and help others in their own journeys of acceptance and identification.”

When asked about joining the Task Force, Josh mentions: “I want to be a part of helping to ensure that those conversations happen. I want to be a part of strengthening the emotional safety underlying those conversations. Far too often it's easier to dismiss uncomfortable or inconvenient truths and ignore them. Contributing to the DEI taskforce, hopefully, is a way to make good on that deeply held motivation.”

Embracing Differences: Encouraging Belonging, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Sharethrough, we fully embrace employees’ differences in age, national origin or ancestry, race, color, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, medical condition, religion (or non-religion) marital or domestic partner status, and the multitude of other areas that make us all so unique. The DEI Task Force is dedicated to nurturing Sharethrough’s company culture and ensuring that our workplace is an inclusive and safe place for all.

Interested in working in a DEI-friendly environment, want to learn more about Sharethrough’s company culture, or curious about our open job opportunities? Make sure to reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you!

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion matter now more than ever. According to Glassdoor, 2 out of 3 job searchers will actively seek out companies that have a diverse workforce. In fact, 80 percent of job seekers said that inclusion efforts were an important factor in choosing where to work. Additionally, it was found that COVID-19 has contributed to the already uneven work equity gaps with women’s jobs being 1.8x less secure

Sharethrough is committed to maintaining and growing a diverse, caring and inclusive workplace. To honor our commitment, Sharethrough created a Diversity, Equity & Inclusive (DEI) Task Force in March 2020. The goal of our DEI task force was first and foremost to analyze, plan and set in motion concrete steps to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at Sharethrough. Eight diverse individuals currently employed at Sharethrough working across various departments are committed to cultivating a caring, supportive, welcoming and inclusive workplace environment for current and future employees.

What is a DEI Task Force?

A DEI Task Force, also commonly known as a DEI committee, is a group of individuals who are responsible for coordinating initiatives and developing diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization.

Sharethrough’s Task Force came into existence when we realized we wanted to do more to promote DEI in our workplace and accelerate our progress. Since its inception, some of the recent initiatives that have come into effect include: partnership programs with CultureAlly offering training and workshops to Sharethrough employees including Cultural Misfit Education and Bias Training as well as inclusion workshops for our hiring team. 

Ken Poon, VP of Technology at Sharethrough hopes to see Sharethrough become an advocate of DEI that will influence other workplaces of the future, especially for tech startups, and hopefully, in turn, create a better future for his daughters. Read about Ken’s take on DEI at Sharethrough here

Meet the Members of Sharethrough’s DEI Task Force

We asked members of the DEI Task Force “Why they joined the Task Force”, “Why DEI is important to them”, and “what role the Task Force plays at Sharethrough.” Check out their stories and answers below.

Inclusion: The First Step Towards Making the World a Better Place

Inclusion is important to Jeremy Gilreath, Staff Engineer at Sharethrough, not only for improving the workplace, but making the world a better place overall. About his own personal experiences with inclusion, he says: “I'm fortunate to know a lot of diverse people and have similarly diverse close relationships, so when I think about the first step I can take as an individual to actively make our collective world a better place, I think of inclusion. Inclusion often seems like the glue connecting diversity and equity, and when people feel like they belong, they seem much more capable of transforming themselves and the world around them.”

When we asked Jeremy about why he joined Sharethrough’s  DEI Task Force, inclusion was one of the main reasons, stating: “I found myself at a company that is genuinely caring and earnest in their efforts to promote values close to my heart, and I was eventually asked if I wanted to join the DEI Task Force. I don't know how long it would have taken me to consider playing a more active role if it hadn't been for that initial act of inclusion.”

Stronger Together: A Core Value at Sharethrough

For Share Ryan, Senior Account Executive at Sharethrough, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force serves as a way to help fellow employees, as well as further develop her personal growth.

The DEI Task Force is dedicated to curating a caring workplace environment both for the needs of individual employees, and the well-being across departments. Share elaborates on the impact of the DEI Task Force, saying: “It serves to protect and further one of Sharethrough's core values – stronger together. It does this at both a micro and macro levels, from hiring practices to overall management training.”

Sharethrough: A Place For All

Teddy Pierre, Engineer at Sharethrough, finds diversity is important because of its close ties to inclusion. “I'm very much a people person, I don’t like to see anyone left out. It’s important for me that everyone feel included, regardless of their nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or skin colour.”

When we asked Teddy why he decided to join the DEI Task Force, he told us: “As a person of diverse background, it’s important for me to participate in the initiatives that align our organization with a focus on DEI”.

Making Everyone Feel Heard 

Eve Deschamps, Business Partner, People & Culture at Sharethrough is well versed in the importance of diversity, equity and inclusivity within the workplace. “Building a diverse, fair and inclusive environment is key to building trust and commitment with our employees. DEI environments foster creativity and wellbeing, and it is not only needed, it’s crucial for an organization to grow!”

Her main reason for joining the Task Force was to ensure Sharethrough employees worked in an environment where everyone is able to bring their own unique selves to work, and feel comfortable, respected, and empowered while doing so. Check out more inclusive content written by Eve on our blog.

Helping Employees Reach Their True Potential

For Wendy Jensen, Sourcing Coordinator, Talent Acquisition at Sharethrough, diversity is everywhere in the workplace, and she is dedicated to keeping it that way. “As Sharethrough is a global company, there are many diverse employees, from different backgrounds, with different interests. By growing a diverse company culture, we are able to accept new and different perspectives, and reduce fears towards our differences. These perspectives can inspire creativity and drive innovation – that is what makes us so successful.”

For Wendy, having a DEI Task Force comes with several benefits, including: “helping employees feel valued and affirmed, build a stronger sense of identity and well-being and have better career outcomes.”

Making Conversations Happen 

Our employees come from all backgrounds, races, genders, and experiences. Josh Becker, Senior Manager of Engineering is an 8-year veteran at Sharethrough. Josh was surprised to have the opportunity to join a DEI Task Force, an initiative that he found rare amongst companies. He said: “I had to seize the opportunity. As a feminist, gay man, and child of parents battling their own childhood, mental and economic demons, I celebrate all the many allies who helped to build me up, shield me from the harsh realities of growing up in the time and place that I did. They helped me to learn how I could be their ally. We all possess the capability to provide insight, support and help others in their own journeys of acceptance and identification.”

When asked about joining the Task Force, Josh mentions: “I want to be a part of helping to ensure that those conversations happen. I want to be a part of strengthening the emotional safety underlying those conversations. Far too often it's easier to dismiss uncomfortable or inconvenient truths and ignore them. Contributing to the DEI taskforce, hopefully, is a way to make good on that deeply held motivation.”

Embracing Differences: Encouraging Belonging, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Sharethrough, we fully embrace employees’ differences in age, national origin or ancestry, race, color, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, medical condition, religion (or non-religion) marital or domestic partner status, and the multitude of other areas that make us all so unique. The DEI Task Force is dedicated to nurturing Sharethrough’s company culture and ensuring that our workplace is an inclusive and safe place for all.

Interested in working in a DEI-friendly environment, want to learn more about Sharethrough’s company culture, or curious about our open job opportunities? Make sure to reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you!

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Matthew Workman
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Matthew is a marketing coordinator at Sharethrough. He is heavily involved in all company projects related to social media, digital marketing strategy, internal events, and communications.

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