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An illustration of a man showing frustration
An illustration of a man showing frustration

Almost two years ago to the day, I wrote an article on impostor syndrome (it was initially published on our Medium page, back in the days when we didn’t know anything about SEO). The idea for the article came to me following an incident with one of my managers for my job in consulting. I wrote that article to share my experiences with impostor syndrome and research strategies for dealing with it.

Admittedly, I thought that since I’d done some research on impostor syndrome, I would be able to leave it in the past.

I was wrong. Very wrong.

It…


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Every day, I see stories about successful founders who have just raised XX amount of money or hit some crazy growth milestone. I knew going into starting Chezie that those stories aren’t representative of the work that it took those founders to accomplish those goals. Being a founder is hard. I really do think that I had internalized that and mentally prepared myself for the late nights and stress that it would take to build Chezie.

The thing is, the hard work isn’t the most difficult thing about being a founder. It’s the ambiguity.

Some more context

When we launched Chezie, our planned…


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For companies to reach their full potential, DEI must be its own business function.

We see it all the time: a company wants to get started with DEI, and immediately places the work on the shoulders of its human resources department. It makes sense; if you know that diversity lacking at your company, your first thought is to go out and try to find more diverse talent.

However, there are a few problems with this approach.

1. It signals to your non-HR people that DEI isn’t their job.

It is the responsibility of everyone at the company to promote inclusion. Your leadership needs to be aware of how the experiences of the…


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Happy new year! It goes without saying that 2020 was one for the books. For many companies, it was a year of realization and reflection. We saw positive movement for companies in their commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for their employees and for their customers, and it’s important that employers continue this momentum.

As we enter into this new year, here are three DEI goals that every company should look to incorporate into its 2021 DEI strategy.

1. Embrace tough conversations.

For so long, companies have put DEI on the back-burner. There are a few reasons for this, but one of them…


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I’ve been working as a Management Consultant for the last 4.5 years (quick aside — if you’re wondering what we do, watch this video). This is my first job out of college. I wanted to go into consulting because I believed in the idea that I’d get exposure to and experience in a bunch of different industries, and then after 2–3 years, I’d find the one thing that I was truly passionate about, and that would lead me to my dream job.

Interestingly enough, I do think that I’ve found a job that I really like (hey boo @Chezie), but…


This week, Dyversifi turns 1 year old!

We launched Dyversifi on September 23, 2019 as an idea, but over the last year, we’ve gotten nothing but encouragement and reinforcement that we have something that can be a great business, but more importantly, we have something that minorities need.

This is not to say that the last 12 months have been easy. We hit some challenges — some that we’ve been able to work through, and some that we’re still trying to figure out. …


Now that we’ve established that, let’s look to make real improvements.

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Image of a pen writing on paper.

On May 5, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky wrote a letter to his 7,500 employees about how the COVID-19 pandemic had drastically hurt the company’s business, and as a result, he would have to lay off 1,900 employees, or about 25% of the workforce. Normally a company announcing layoffs would be terrible for PR. We’ve seen countless headlines about how other companies who’ve laid off employees don’t care about their workers or didn’t do enough to make the situation work. Airbnb’s layoffs should have been met with the same vitriol, but they weren’t.

In his letter, Brian Chesky was transparent about…


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Disclaimer: The quotes and opinions reflected in this article are those of the interviewee, and do not represent the companies that he works for.

This is the fourth article in my How to Be an Ally series in which I interview people that identify with different minority groups to understand how they define an ally, why it’s important to have allies in the workplace, and what people can do to become allies.

For a variety of reasons, the diversity conversation is usually focused is on racial and gender minorities or on the LGBTQ+ community, but people with disabilities are often…


It’s time that we stopped letting companies use it as a sad excuse for their diversity recruiting failures.

Source: EdSurge

When asked about why they aren’t getting as many applications, many employers will blame a ‘pipeline problem,’ claiming that there just aren’t enough qualified diverse candidates.

The idea of a pipeline problem is simply not true. In fact, a USA Study from 2014 highlights that colleges and universities are graduating Black and Latinx computer science students at twice the rate that companies are hiring them. …


Disclaimer: The quotes and opinions reflected in this article are those of the interviewees, and do not represent the companies that they work for.

Source: Merion West

This is the third article in my How to Be an Ally series in which I interview people that identify with different minority groups to understand how they define an ally, why it’s important to have allies in the workplace, and what people can do to become allies.

For the first two articles in the series, focused on allyship for the LGBQ community and for Black women, I was at least somewhat familiar with the experiences…

Toby Egbuna

Co-Founder of Dyversifi. UNC fan. Aux cord manager. Ed Sheeran stan.

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