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Rocki Rockingham Joins GE Appliances as Chief Human Resources Officer

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, has named Rocki Rockingham chief human resources officer. Most recently, Rockingham was the senior vice president of global human resources for Newell Brands Appliances & Cookware based in Boca Raton, Florida.

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In addition to leading all facets of human resources, Rockingham will be a key member of the GEA executive leadership team focused on strategy to fuel the company’s U.S. expansion and responsible for building upon the recent global Great Place to Work recognition to create a premier workplace culture that attracts and retains the best talent.

With more than two decades of responsibility for the highest levels of strategic HR and communications at companies such as General Motors, Daimler Chrysler, Jarden and Newell Brands, Rockingham offers a unique blend of experiences, which are critical capabilities to enable and shape organizational change and transformation, both key focus areas at GE Appliances.

“We are thrilled to have Rocki join the team with the breadth of her experiences in numerous industries and businesses to further enable GE Appliances as an employer of choice,” said Kevin Nolan, president and chief executive officer for GE Appliances. “It takes great people with diverse backgrounds to effectively serve U.S. consumers. Creating a winning culture that fosters an entrepreneurial spirit where employees can develop their passions to serve consumers is what it’s all about. I’m confident that Rocki can help us achieve our goals.”

Throughout her career, Rockingham has served on numerous boards, volunteered at and sponsored charitable events, mentored youth, and consistently given her time to make a difference. She has worked extensively with community and civic groups to help improve and manage community, diversity and civic initiatives.

Rockingham was most recently engaged in the South Florida community. She has served on the Board of Directors for LifeNet4Families of Broward County as the chair and an officer of the SOS Children’s Villages Florida. She also served in numerous board roles for the Achievement Centers for Children & Families, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the GreateBoca Raton Chamber of Commerce, the West Boca Medical Center Governing Board, the Literacy Coalition for the Palm Beaches and others.

Rockingham was the recipient of the ATHENA Individual award for outstanding leadership presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. She has also been recognized as a Woman of Distinction in Palm Beach County, one of the 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County, Florida, a Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce DIAMOND Award winner, and numerous other awards and recognition.

Rockingham replaces Tom Quick, who announced his retirement in April after eight years with GE Appliances.

“My thanks to Tom for all he has done for GE Appliances, and especially his leadership in workforce development where he has made a lasting difference in the Louisville community with our public schools and ensuring a robust apprenticeship pipeline for manufacturers in the city,” Nolan said.

Seven things to know about Rocki Rockingham

1. Rocki grew up in the St. Louis area.

2. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Journalism from McKendree University.

3. During her career, Rocki has worked in roles of increasing responsibility in human resources, labor relations, communications, community relations and public affairs.

4. Rocki is a sports and car enthusiast.

5. She was also a collegiate athlete.

6. Rocki and her husband Darrel are relocating to Louisville.

7. Rocki believes that everyone can make a difference, that even the smallest pebble selflessly thrown into a pond can initiate untold positive effects.

About GE Appliances

GE Appliances strives to make the world a better place, and its team is committed to leading in the communities where employees live and work. A purpose-rooted and passion-driven organization, GE Appliances believes there is always a better way. It sells products under the Monogram®, Café™, GE Profile™, GE® Appliances, Haier, and Hotpoint brands. Products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, water filtration systems, water heaters and small appliances. For more information, visit www.geappliancesco.com.

Contacts

Julie Wood, GE Appliances, a Haier company

(502) 741-1557 or julie_wood@geappliances.com

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MetLife Recognized for Creating an Inclusive Workplace

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DEI–MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) today announced that it has been recognized for its inclusive practices in the areas of talent advancement among historically underrepresented groups, leadership accountability, and demographic diversity for women and racial/ethnic minorities.

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Fewer than 25% of companies that applied to the increasingly competitive annual Seramount Inclusion Index were named to the list.

“We’re creating a culture of belonging where employees of all backgrounds can thrive,” said MetLife Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Cindy Pace. “While we’re pleased that our efforts to build a purpose-driven and inclusive workplace are being recognized, we won’t stop here. We’re committed to continuous improvement on diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Seramount, formerly Working Mother Media, is a strategic services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. To evaluate MetLife for inclusion on the Index, they took into account a range of the company’s DEI-focused policies, programs and practices, including:

  • “Inclusion Begins with Me,” MetLife’s commitment to action that expands employees’ understanding of themselves, their work and the world through meaningful conversations and learning resources that demonstrate how each employee has a role to play in fostering an inclusive culture.
  • A Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, comprised of senior leaders and chaired by MetLife President and CEO Michel Khalaf, which focuses on driving the company’s DEI strategy across its businesses, functions and regions.
  • EXCELERATE, a talent sponsorship program driven by the CEO and senior leaders to help accelerate the leadership development and progression of high-performing women and ethnically and racially diverse talent at the assistant vice president to officer level.

In addition, MetLife was the first U.S.-based life insurer to sign the U.N. Women’s Empowerment Principles, a partnership that has informed cross-market, time-bound action plans aimed at closing identified gaps across the areas of leadership, workplace, marketplace, and community.

For more information on MetLife’s commitment to DEI, visit MetLife.com.

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 markets globally and holds leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.

Contacts

Rachel Pokay

331-452-4122

rpokay@metlife.com

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Citrix® Among Leading Companies for Inclusion

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CitrixWorkspace–Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) unveiled its fifth annual Inclusion Index today, and Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) has been recognized as a leader for its efforts to fuel diverse, equal and inclusive opportunities across its global operations.

“The need to address inclusion in the workplace continues to be a priority for corporate America,” says Katie Oertli Mooney, Vice President of Diversity Best Practices at Seramount. “Progress has been made, but we must remain steadfast in our efforts. We are proud to recognize Citrix for their dedication and for putting in the necessary work to effect real, sustainable change.”

Designed to help organizations understand trends and gaps in demographic representation, the Inclusion Index creates a road map to drive internal change, and identifies diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) solutions to close the gaps. Organizations included in the Index were measured in three key areas:

  • Best practices in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of people from underrepresented groups—women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people
  • Inclusive corporate culture, including leadership accountability; and demographic diversity for women and racial/ethnic minorities.
  • Initiatives to address racism

Citrix was among 27 organizations recognized as a Leading Inclusion Index Company, receiving a 70 percent or higher score.

“At Citrix, we recognize the power of human difference, and together with our employees, are focused on creating a diverse and inclusive environment in which people can be their authentic selves and, in turn, do their best work,” said Scott Ballina, Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Citrix. “We are pleased to be recognized as a leader by Seramount for our efforts and will continue to enhance our programs to align with our people and create a standout-environment in which they can succeed.”

The 2021 Seramount Inclusion Index recognition comes on the heels of Citrix being named to the 2021 Disability Equality Index® (DEI) Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion, and is the latest in a series of workplace accolades Citrix has received, including:

  • Finalist for the Fortune 100 Best Places to Work in Central America and the Caribbean 2021
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2021 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality
  • Forbes 2020 America’s Most Just Companies
  • Working Mother 2020 Best Companies for Dads
  • Disability Equality Index (DEI) 2020 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion
  • 2020 India Workplace Equality Index Gold Employer

To learn more about Citrix and its commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, click here

About Seramount

Seramount is a strategic professional-services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Over four decades, partnering with some of the most iconic companies in the world, we’ve built a deep, data-driven understanding of the employee experience, which lays the groundwork for everything we do. Our comprehensive DE&I toolkit includes actionable research and insights, membership, strategic guidance and consulting, and inspiring events, meeting each client’s needs no matter where they are on their journey, and guiding them along an ever-changing landscape. Seramount has empowered more than 450 organizations to realize the business benefits of diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more at seramount.com.

About Citrix

Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS) builds the secure, unified digital workspace technology that helps organizations unlock human potential and deliver a consistent workspace experience wherever work needs to get done. With Citrix, users get a seamless work experience and IT has a unified platform to secure, manage, and monitor diverse technologies in complex cloud environments.

For Citrix Investors:

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with the impact of the global economy and uncertainty in the IT spending environment, revenue growth and recognition of revenue, products and services, their development and distribution, product demand and pipeline, economic and competitive factors, the Company’s key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein. The development, release and timing of any features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion and is subject to change without notice or consultation. The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a commitment, promise or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions or incorporated into any contract.

© 2021 Citrix Systems, Inc. Citrix, the Citrix logo, and other marks appearing herein are the property of Citrix Systems, Inc. and may be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts

Media Contacts:
Karen Master

Citrix

+1 216-396-4683

Karen.master@citrix.com

New Survey Shows Los Angeles VCs Outpacing National Funding for Women, POC-Led Businesses; Wide Pay Gaps Still Exist in LA Tech, Ageism Concerns Emerge

PledgeLA to convene task force to address systemic pay inequities and raise non-equity funding for Black & Latinx entrepreneurs

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PledgeLA, a coalition of hundreds of venture capital (VC) and tech leaders in Los Angeles working to increase equity, community engagement, and accountability around corporate diversity efforts, today released the results of its expanded, third-annual diversity, equity, and inclusion survey.

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Launched in October 2018, PledgeLA is a partnership between the Annenberg Foundation, the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and 219 L.A. venture capital firms and tech companies. PledgeLA is unique among VC and tech DEI efforts in that it annually measures its members’ progress and provides support to help member companies achieve improved DEI goals and outcomes. No other region in the nation collects self-reported data on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

This year’s PledgeLA diversity survey is the largest ever conducted for Los Angeles VC and tech companies, with participation from 174 organizations. Key findings of this year’s survey include:

  • Investments from PledgeLA VCs for Black, Latinx, and women founders outpace the national average: The investments made by PledgeLA VCs in Black founders increased by 71% since last year (see graph here). Far more gains are needed, however, when it comes to funding for women and Latinx-owned business. Given that one out of every 10 VC dollars flows through Los Angeles – a 39 percent increase from 2019 – these trends have national implications.1
  • Women and People of Color Face Persistent Pay Gaps: While women in L.A. tech companies have greater representation from entry level to senior management positions than Silicon Valley2, women earn significantly less than men (see graph). This gaps is larger than the national average. Additionally, Black and Latinx employees earn far less than their peers (see graph).
  • Number of Gen X Tech Employees in the Workforce Saw Significant Decrease in 2021: While the majority of staff demographics remained unchanged between the 2020 and 2021 surveys, we did see a significant shift in the age of PledgeLA companies’ workforce. Just 22% of workers report belonging to Generation X or older this year, a decline from 37% last year. This means the vast majority of the L.A. tech workforce was born between 1980 and 1990, a spike in the number of Millennials, and a decline in opportunities for older adults. This raises important questions about potential ageism and the representation of diverse age groups in the tech workforce.

Despite the persistent challenges faced by the L.A. tech and VC sectors when it comes to increasing diversity, PledgeLA has seen encouraging signs that its efforts are bearing results. With a multi-year focus on increasing access to jobs in tech, venture capital, and funding for women and POC-led startups, the initiative is focused to ensuring that measurable growth and progress continue. Over the coming year, PledgeLA and AnnenbergTech have committed to:

  • Raise another $1 million over two years for “The PledgeLA Founders Fund– This is an annual pool of non-dilutive funding that provides $25,000 grants to 20 early-stage Black and Latinx-led companies. In addition to no-strings funding to help grow their business, the Annenberg Foundation provides each with four months of technical assistance with Grid110, while PledgeLA’s network of leaders and businesses help grow participants networks and find other sources of capital. Following last year’s pilot, which focused on entrepreneurs in the South L.A. community, the effort has already helped founders of color make measurable gains. In a little more than six months, the pilot group raised more than $2.55 million in follow-on capital, hired 29 employees, and 89% of businesses increased recurring revenue.

In 2021, the program will expand to serve early-stage Black and Latinx founders across all of Los Angeles County, buoyed by support from new partners Earvin “Magic” and Cookie Johnson and the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation. Both have pledged multi-year funding and outreach support for the effort for the next two years.

“Backing visionary entrepreneurs of color is a clear path to building economic opportunity and generational wealth for our communities,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises. “We’re excited to back the PledgeLA Founders Fund because it highlights the tremendous untapped potential for businesses led by people of color that might otherwise be overlooked. When investors broaden their lens, we all win.”

  • Convene a task force to address ongoing regional concerns around racial and gender pay equity. – Working with advisors from PledgeLA’s leadership team, approximately 20 participating businesses will be asked to gather and reflect on detailed internal data about pay equity and their compensation practices. While each participant’s data will be kept private, the group will identify challenges they all share, and be tasked with making recommendations for the broader ecosystem about ways to ensure fairer pay. Additionally, this group will partner with experts from the new Wallis Annenberg GenSpace to examine the images of ageism and generational differences in representation.
  • Expand its core programs that seek to increase access to jobs for women, people of color, and under-represented groups. – PledgeLA’s core programs include its Summer VC Internship Program, a collaboration with HBCUvc, which provides interns with 10 weeks of experiential learning, including full-time work at a VC firm. Of this year’s final cohort, 100 percent identify as a woman or a person of color. Alumni of the program have gone on to investment roles at the Dorm Room Fund, PayPal Ventures, Upfront Ventures, and Vamos Ventures.

PledgeLA also has a Tech Mentorship Program, hosted in partnership with the Riordan College to Career Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. This program matches 50 L.A. tech leaders as mentors to 50 first-generation college students and recent grads. Meeting monthly for a full year, PledgeLA mentors work with PledgeLA to place students in either tech internships or a full-time role by June 2022. Last year, just over 80% of mentees were matched full or part-time opportunities at companies including Accenture, Amazon, Crexi, Google, Oracle, PwC, J.P. Morgan, McKinsey, and U.S. Bank.

“The Annenberg Foundation and our Chairman Wallis Annenberg created PledgeLA to ensure that all Angelenos benefit from the growth of our Los Angeles tech and innovation sector,” said Cinny Kennard, Executive Director, Annenberg Foundation. “Despite the persistent challenges we face, the impact made over the last three years shows our collective’s tremendous potential. In that time, PledgeLA has matched nearly 150 underrepresented Angelenos with paid opportunities in tech and VC, provided $500k in grants to founders of color, and fostered a regional spirit of accountability and action.”

“Los Angeles has one of the most diverse economies in the country because we know our businesses are stronger when they represent the people they serve,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “PledgeLA’s work to provide critical data and blueprints for action will help us continue to break down barriers to opportunity for underserved and underrepresented Angelenos in the workforce.”

The complete aggregated results from the survey are available here: https://pledgela.org/accountability/

About PledgeLA’s Survey Methodology & Regional / National Comparisons

In a context where a lack of data around diversity and representation is the norm, PledgeLA’s efforts represent a bold step towards authentic local accountability. No other region collects self-reported data on diversity, equity and inclusion. Most reports traditionally rely on secondary data-sources, such as government records that only focus on race and gender and have no public reporting requirements. Additionally, unlike PledgeLA’s annual survey, which captures both company location and employees’ hometowns, other regional surveys lack specificity when it comes to geography.

To gather this type of data from companies of all stages, PledgeLA partnered with Pluto, a diversity & inclusion platform, powered by survey and communication features that are specifically designed to help advance [DEI] efforts. Pluto offers comprehensive DEI metrics, advanced intersectional analytics within and across companies, and proprietary privacy measures that protect respondent identities regardless of company size. For the comparisons to Silicon Valley, the PledgeLA team used the Center of Investigative Reportings 2018 survey of diversity in Silicon Valley as a point of comparison for race and gender data. To benchmark our venture capital portfolio data, we indexed our findings against the 2020 RateMyInvestor Diversity in US Startups report, which analyzed the investments of 100 non-overlapping firms.

About PledgeLA

PledgeLA is a collective of L.A.-based tech companies and venture capital firms working to create measurable change in the areas of community engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Created in partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Annenberg Foundation, and over 215 Los Angeles venture capital (VCs) and tech companies, PledgeLA’s members make a commitment to track their community engagement and diversity data each year and make that data publicly available. They also work to expand their engagement with local nonprofits that support diverse talent and reflect the civic spirit of Los Angeles. Additional support for PledgeLA has been provided by the Acevedo Foundation, the Weingart Foundation, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

About the Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. The Foundation and its Board of Directors are also directly involved in the community through innovative projects that advance public well-being, spark new ideas, and spread knowledge. The Foundation is committed to core values of responsiveness, accessibility, fairness, and involvement. To learn more about the Annenberg Foundation and their various initiatives, click here.

PledgeLA Venture Capital Signatories:

Act One Ventures, Activist Artist Management, Alpha Edison, Amplify, Backstage Capital, BAM Ventures, Baron Davis Enterprises, BCG Digital Ventures, Beach View Capital, BioscienceLA, Blue Skies Unlimited, Bonfire, Bryant Stibel, China Visionary Group, Clocktower Technology Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Cooley LLP, Core Innovation Capital, Countrywood Holdings, Crosscut Ventures, Diverse Communities Impact Fund, Embark Ventures, Early Growth Financial Services, Evolution, Fifth Wall Ventures, Fika Ventures, First Republic Bank, Greycroft, Halogen Ventures, HMC INQ, KW Capital Partners, LDR Ventures, List Ventures, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Luma Launch, M13, March Capital, MarsBio, MaC Venture capital, MiLA Capital, MOBD Ventures, Moonshots Capital, Mucker Capital, Muse Capital, Navigate Ventures, Navitas Capital, Okapi Venture Capital, PLG Ventures, Plug and Play, PLUS Capital, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Roadster Capital, SA&M Preccelerator, Scopus Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, Slauson & Co., Sound Ventures, Stage Venture Partners, Starburst Accelerator, Stat Zero Group, StillMark, Sutton Capital Partners, Tale Venture Partners, Techstars, TenOneTen Ventures, The 22 Fund, Thin Line Capital, Troy Capital Partners, Trousdale Capital Management, TYLT Ventures, UCLA Biodesign, Upfront Ventures, USC Marshall Venture Fund, VamosVentures, Vine Ventures, Watertower Ventures, Wavemaker Partners, The West Coast Consortium For Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics, Women’s, Innovation Fund Accelerator, and Wonder Ventures

PledgeLA Tech Company Signatories:

2Swim, 7TILL8 Wetsuits, 70 Million Jobs, 81cents, Accurate Property Tax Inc., AlgoPay, Inc., Altura, amginE Ink, LLC, Artium Technologies, LLC, Aspiration, AudioCardio, AvantStay, Inc., Avisare, Basepaws, BESE, Beyond Meat, Bird, Blue Fever, Boingo Wireless, Breadware Inc., BUENA, CareNodes, Commercial Real Estate Exchange, Inc. (CREXi), Community, COMUNITYmade, Coral, Cornerstone OnDemand, CPR Save, Creative Spoons, Croquet Corporation, Cuál, DailyKarma, DASH Systems, Inc., Data 360, Denken Solutions Inc., Dogdrop, Dollar Shave Club, dot.LA, DPFTRAC, Elevate My Brand, EMWDESIGNS, Emblematic Group, Encantos, Enplug, Ettitude, Everytable, EVgo, Expy Health, FabFitFun, FairClaims, Fama, FamiLeague, Inc., Fernish, Finli, FLATLAY Inc., Flavors from Afar, Gearup 360, Giftata, Gladeo, Golden, Good Job, Grid110, Hawke Media, Heir Apparent, Helpr, Holisticism, Honey, HopSkipDrive, Hot Bit VR, Idealab, Inclusology, Instil, Jam City, Jasper, Jimaye, Joymode, Jump Watts Inc., Kitchen Table App, Larta Institute, Launchmaps, Lawgood, Liquid, Lorals, Mahmee, MediaAlpha, MediPocket, Me Tyme Network Inc., Mikomoss Labs, Mondays Labs, Munchee Haus, Noun Project, Nuyorktricity, Officebook, Omaze, OurOffice Inc., Ozobot, PAIRE, Parkonomik, Peachscore, Peak Metrics, Perch Mobility, Inc., Pick My Solar, Ping, Pledge, PocketCFO, Pocketwatch, Rapid7, Reel, Sabio Enterprises, Inc., ScaleHealth, Snap Inc., Solver, Inc., Soylent, SteelHouse, Stellar Agency, StoryPlace, SUMA Wealth, Sweet Flower, sweetgreen, TALA, Tastemade, Techonsite Corporation, TecnoLatinx, The Bouqs Company, The Handoff Company, Thrive Market, Toucan, Tradesy, Trappit, US, TuesdayNights, Two Bit Circus, UNOMi, Valence Enterprises, Inc., Virgin Hyperloop One, #WeAllGrow Latina Network, Wellsayer, WeTransfer, Zip & Go Assist (Virtual Assistants), and Zypp

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1 The aggregated data from surveys and the report were combined to create a “snapshot” of L.A.’s progress towards advancing equity in LA tech and access to capital. Combining self-reported data from leaders, staff-level surveys, and public data, this represents the most detailed, multi-year look at Los Angeles investment dollars ever prepared.

2 Comparison of PledgeLA tech company demographics against the Center for Investigative Reporting’s 2016 analysis of 22 Silicon Valley companies’ EE0-1 reports: https://revealnews.org/article/hidden-figures-how-silicon-valley-keeps-diversity-data-secret/

Contacts

Katie Dunham

katie@katiedunham.net