Sep 11, 2020
E27 iAsia Brown: Not your diversity hire
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Welcome to the 27th Episode of the SnackWalls podcast. 

I am so excited to share this episode with you. iAsia and I had a great conversation around DEI and she shares important aspects of her lived experience.

iAsia shared that when talking with candidates they may be the best-qualified person for the job, but you could miss the hire. If you feel that you would have difficulty working with them because of your own biases then you might not hire the best person for the job based on a flawed decision-making process. Technology is experienced-based and you can't get it all from books because, by the time you've read it, it's already changed.

Don't hire diverse candidates because you want someone to fill a bucket. If you want someone on your team to challenge you and change the thoughts and the views, add value to your organization, that makes more sense. You have to allow people to make mistakes because if they don't make mistakes, they're not going to learn.

According to iAsia it’s important to meet folks where they are. You might be very well versed in managing and dealing with a particular type of person. When diverse staff comes in and they challenge your thoughts you need to be prepared to learn and grow.

Ayesha Brown is a program manager on the fast track for Azure team at Microsoft.  She is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and Air Force. iAsia is a customer-obsessed, performance-oriented, global professional with significant experience bridging the gap between Business and Technology. She has a strong background in IT and is an amazing artist.

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