This summer was unlike any other.

2020 ushered in a wave of changes that continue to affect our community: the massive socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, the pivotal discourse and action fueled by the Black Lives Matter movement, and the increasing fervor surrounding the upcoming presidential election. Every one of us has had to confront these epic shifts in our own way. That’s in addition to the growth and changes that come from living our lives as ambitious womxn of color.

At Future for Us we see YOU. We see the recent grads navigating the shifting job-market, the mid-career professionals adjusting…


Last week, we learned about personal financial strategies and tools and identified our money persona ideology with Ziquora Banks, AVP of DEI and Strategic Partnerships at Seattle Credit Union, passionate equity builder, and community advocate. Today, we’re bringing you a step by step guide thanks to those lessons.

Don’t compare yourself to other people. Your relationship with money is individual. This is you and your journey.

Financial Well-being is simply defined as “a state of being wherein you have control over day-to-day, month-to-month finances; have the capacity to absorb a financial shock; are on track to meet your financial goals…


When we talk about practicing racial justice, the key is that it’s all about questioning.

Racial justice, in how I’ll be talking about it today, refers to the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. It is the creation and proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities and treatment, for all.

In order to really practice social justice, you have to create and proactively reinforce policies and practices.

The reason why race is illuminated is because it’s a political construct created simply to obtain…


In order to combat racism, you have to understand it. So, let’s begin by analyzing the way in which racism shows up.

One truth folks often don’t grapple with is that we are all engaged in racism. Those ways in which we are all engaged directly reflect the different types of racism there are.

First, there is internalized racism. Internalized means our personal beliefs, how we see ourselves, our mental models. It’s that internalization of either supremacy or inferiority, that is taught to us in different ways by culture and society.

Then, there is the interpersonal layer, which is a…


If you’re not familiar with Arlan Hamilton, it’s time you get acquainted. The first quote you see on her site is a beautiful representation of her spirit, drive, and personality. It reads, “how much of a fist in the air would it be to just be obnoxiously wealthy as a gay black woman? And to be able to help other people do the same?”

Arlan built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in…


We were fortunate enough to (virtually) get together with four amazing womxn of color from Amazon to give us the inside scoop about Amazon’s recruiting and interviewing process. And girl, they delivered. Here is our guide to starting your career at Amazon.

The first thing you need to know is that Amazon is all about data, data, data. The more tangible examples the better. This is the first step to impress! They want to know about you: why you’re amazing and why you’re awesome at your job.

Pro Tip: Use the job description as a guide! What are items in…


Like Beyonce, I did not wake up like this. It takes work to pull up your seat at the table. Here are three steps to how to get there.

1- Decide what you are going to be courageous about

What is your place in this leadership role? Being a courageous leader takes vision or courageous acts. To be a leader you have to speak on things that made some feel uncomfortable.

By us leaning into our courage and advocating for ourselves, we are shaping a workplace that is beneficial for all of us. It’s creating a space so that future…


In honor of Breonna Taylor’s birthday this coming Friday, June 5th, 2020, here are some concrete action items people can do to commemorate her life and fight to get her justice.

Dear Black Womxn,

We have failed you. We have failed to recognize your contributions to our society. We have failed to promote you into leadership. We have failed to compensate you equally. We have failed to protect you in our workplaces and in our communities.

Future for Us is a community platform focused on advancing womxn of color at work, founded by two non-black womxn of color, and we are committed more than ever before to amplifying your voices, building coalitions with the black community, and supporting your career advancement. Instead of hashtags promising you support, we will let the…


In the words of Queen Bey, “if you’re feeling insignificant, you better think again. You better wake up because you’re a part of something way bigger. Bigger than you. Bigger than we. Bigger than the picture they framed us to see. But, now we see it.”

Most of us are used to being one of the only ones in the workplace. One of the only womxn of color. In that role, we settle into subtle micro aggressions or subtle bias. Sometimes we tell ourselves this story, “maybe they didn’t mean to do that and maybe it’s me?” …


Cynthia Tee, VP of Technology & Commerce at Nordstrom.

Allyship is the relationship and the actions that are between a person and a group that holds privileges and power with the person or group that is traditionally underrepresented, mistreated, or marginalized.

Build relationships and trust. Show up. Take feedback. Center voices of color. Find ways to create action from that. Support, advocate, or amplify voices for people we want to be an ally to.

There is a dynamic of intersectionality to ally-ship. We all hold different privileges and we all are marginalized in different forms. In this way, we all can be allies to one another. …

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