Welcome to Tuesday.

In Monday’s intro, I reminisced on my first internship and praised my summer mentor for taking an interest in my growth as an aspiring journalist. This morning I found a piece in The Atlantic titled, “When Potential Mentors Are Mostly White and Male.” The author delves into the unconscious bias that goes into developing mentor-mentee relationships which ultimately impacts workplace diversity, particularly in a corporate structure. Researchers say women of color are represented in three percent of top senior executive positions within corporations compared to 71 percent of these positions held by white men. As a result, most women have little to no interactions with higher-ups. Their male counterparts get all the attention.

Climbing the ladder within an organization proves to be difficult when there is no one at the top that looks like you to pull you up. This is very telling about the lack of diverse founders and executives in Silicon Valley’s bro culture.

Very interesting read. Click here to read the full story then browse today’s Hit List below.


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Sherrell is taking #ThePLUG on the road. Catch her at Black Entrepreneurship Week in Raleigh for a Women in Business fireside chat on Wednesday.

Facial Paralysis Treatment Aided With VR Technology
Dr. Charles Nduka, a consultant plastic surgeon at Queen Victoria Hospital is leading a trial into new treatment that involves patients wearing a VR headset and looking at a 3D avatar instead of a mirror as they perform the facial physiotherapy.
How One Millennial’s Zip Code Dictated His Destiny
Ayanfodun, who was 25 years old, launched Tomorrow’s Leaders NYC (TLNYC) to help address one of his community’s largest educational woes – the large number of overage middle school and high school students on a shoestring budget.
In Upper Manhattan, Visions of a Tech Economy
Some fear that the creation of a tech-focused economy in these neighborhoods could exacerbate gentrification, akin to the effect that the development of Silicon Valley had on San Francisco. However, the organizations involved have made it clear that their aim is to strengthen and benefit the lives of the existing residents, not push them out.
Do It, Inc. is the Diverse Marketplace for Freelancers
Operating as Black-owned tech-company, do it. is headed by Congolese founder Carl Madzimba (27), Jamaican operations manager Antony Mayers, Ghanaian marketing director Baaba Hughes and Ghanaian head of user acquisition Beatrice Jonah.
HIStalk Interviews QuHarrison Terry, Marketing Director, Redox
“The startup life is not for the weak-hearted. [laughs] If you have a weak heart, you probably should get something that’s a bit more stable, where your job doesn’t change every six months.”

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