Our building blocks for partnerships

It’s 2018. We can’t do everything unless we work together

Ellen K. Pao
Jun 6, 2018 · 2 min read
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  1. Perfect is the enemy of good. We don’t have to agree 100% with our partners about everything they do (and they don’t have to agree with us, either) — we just want alignment on the specific program we’re doing together, as long as our joint work follows our north star.
  2. We will learn from experimenting. We need to test out radical initiatives. They might not work. Project Include may partner with groups and find that doesn’t work either.
  3. Inclusion does not include intolerance. Inclusion of all groups doesn’t mean working with just anyone. Project Include draws the line at working directly with alleged perpetrators of harassment or discrimination — including them leads, inevitably, to the exclusion of others. Project Include won’t work with them unless they have committed significant resources and time to breaking down and rebuilding their behavior and corporate culture. Similarly, we won’t work with conferences, documentary makers, or other organizations that are not intersectional.

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Ellen K. Pao

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Co-Founder and CEO of Project Include. Author of Reset. Angel investor.

Project Include

Give everyone a fair chance to succeed in tech.