"I don't consider myself a diversity and inclusion person. I consider myself a business person and the problem I am trying to solve is that of diversity," says Latasha Gillespie, Amazon Studios & Prime Video Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. "No disrespect to the many amazing people who do this work, she adds, but I think there's a danger sometimes that if diversity and inclusion professionals are doing this work for the sake of diversity and inclusion, then we fail."
I first came across Gillespie during the Represent The Future Summit hosted by Amazon on October 20 and 21, 2020. This was Amazon's first-ever virtual career enrichment experience to uplift Black, Latinx, and Native American professionals of all backgrounds and experience levels. During the panel Gillespie moderated, I started to think about whether striving for a diverse workplace has the same hurdles in content as it does in tech. I appreciated how passionate and real she was during the panel and I hoped she would be interested in connecting with me and discuss diversity a little further. Luckily for me, she was!
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