We’re excited to introduce you to some of the incredible DEI training facilitators that are part of the SGO team. We asked them to share what sparked their passion for this work, what DEI means to them, and why they do what they do. First up, meet Karina Becerra!
What does DEI mean to you?
I think that after this year, most will be very familiar with the terms: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 🙂 To me Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is an acknowledgement that we are all different and bring various experiences to how we present ourselves day to day. DEI work looks to identify and grow from these experiences.
How do you come to this work? How did you learn it was necessary, and how did you get involved?
Having worked in the insurance and technology space for most of my career, I was often an “only” in a room — a woman and a Latina. When I attended my first SGO event (over 5 years ago!), I realized that I was able to be myself. The DEI focus on all the events made me feel at home. This radically changed my way of thinking of how I presented myself. I wanted to recreate this for the organization and teams that I was a part of and lead.
DEI work has become a personal compass. I began as a facilitator for She Geeks Out and apart from my day to day job managing Customer Success/Solutions teams for a large SaaS company, I also lead DEI liaison efforts within my current organization. It’s incredibly rewarding and something that drives me every day.
What do you think is the biggest challenge for teams when beginning DEI work, and how can they overcome it?
The biggest challenge for teams when beginning DEI work is vulnerability. There is a certain level of humility and uncertainty that most have to admit to when doing this type of work/learning. This can be very difficult. Once you’re able to set those trust parameters in the team/process, you find that it’s really a shared team journey. You challenge each other to explore topics that you wouldn’t have done so otherwise.
What’s the most fulfilling experience you’ve had while doing this work?
The “aha moments” are the best. When people finally have the tools and language to define the episodes they’ve experienced in life and work. I love helping others through the moments where everything clicks. There’s a lot of power in having the tools to define, overcome and challenge certain situations.
What have you learned through your experiences in facilitating?
Learning is a constant thread and I always leave a facilitation with a new experience or lesson. It’s rare that I leave a facilitation without a new perspective or point of view. They keep me on my toes. 🙂
What are some of your favorite resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and why?
Frankly, I have to juggle a few things in life — especially during these very trying times. When not busy with work and motherhood, I try to read Harvard Business Review on Diversity, Leadership and Change Management. As far as newsletters, I really enjoy SGO’s DEI Newsletter, The Broadsheet, and Femstreet. Some practitioners on Twitter and other relevant instagram profiles that I also follow are:
Learn more about the SGO team and our diversity, equity, and inclusion training offerings.