Asana CEO and cofounder Dustin Moskovitz on diversity and inclusion

It’s a better way to work — and the change we want to see in the world

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Nov 7, 2018 · 5 min read
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It’s a better way to work.

Finally, there is the bigger picture of social justice — we’re ultimately part of a much larger community and we need to manifest the change we want to see in the world. Progress won’t happen unless individuals and teams make it happen through everyday decisions. I feel strongly that the company I run contributes towards a more inclusive future, and I’m grateful that this goal accords with our business objectives.

There are no shortcuts, no easy wins. You won’t see results without a lot of patience and persistence. We make progress one small step at a time, which is a big part of why it’s important to start as early as possible.

It’s been especially hard for us to achieve our goals in leadership positions, and the senior team at Asana is not as diverse as I’d like it to be. These positions only open up occasionally, so failing to fill one with someone from an underrepresented group is a huge missed opportunity every time it happens. Over time, we’ve been increasingly focused on those candidates first when we open up a new search, but empirically we haven’t gone far enough.

Good intentions and abstract support proved to be clearly insufficient, so the primary recommendation I have is to build a real program around it, with real resources and commitment.

We hired a dedicated lead, Sonja Gittens-Ottley, when we were 175 employees, and I wish we had hired her even sooner.

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