The Cost of Speaking Up
As a frequent user of Twitter, I am disappointed that the internal situation devolved to the point of such a public departure. Still, I have to commend your response Alex, and the effort Twitter is making in moving diversity forward—internally and on the platform. I think we’re all better for it. As @Shaft said, “diversity can be additive to growth.”
But as Julie Ann Horvath reminds us in her last essay, “The Stories of ‘Women In Tech’ That We May Never Hear,” there is a cost when Women and People of Color speak up, ranging from termination to being discredited. With Leslie Miley, it’s meant losing his severance package so he could speak truth to voice rather than be silenced by terms of a Non-Disparagement Agreement.
Given that this highly publicized event is a PR boost for Twitter culture and that you’ll get many more applications from Women and Minorities now, I have to wonder where this leaves Leslie. I haven’t met him but know folks who’ve worked with him and they speak highly of him. I think Twitter is morally obligated to offer him a severance package for what was surely the right measure for the platform.
My Mom always said actions speak louder than words. This coming from a Minority Woman who was fired a few months before retiring for speaking out against the race and ageisms at her place of work.