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Lessons learned from 6 months as a caregiver during COVID

When everything shut down in March, I found myself working from home with my 3-year-old daughter while my newly laid off husband hunted for jobs. Six months later, we’re...

Sherrie reads to her daughterSherrie shares her struggle and explains why she decided to help found the Parents & Caregivers Inclusion Resource Group at Indeed

Sherrie is a Founder and Americas Co-Chair for the Parents & Caregivers Inclusion Resource Group. She leads Product Marketing for Indeed’s small and medium business products, and she’s mom to Amaya (Dec 2016) and wife to Andy, her high school sweetheart. Sherrie enjoys puzzles, yoga, swimming, reading, and learning to be a plant mom. She was also recently nominated for the Austin Under 40 Awards in the Technology category.

When everything shut down in March, I found myself working from home with my 3-year-old daughter while my newly laid off husband hunted for jobs. Six months later, we’re still navigating this pandemic and what it looks like to work from home. 

As Indeed’s head of HR, Paul Wolfe says, “you’re not ‘working from home’ — you’re at home, during a crisis, trying to work” all while trying to care for others. 

Caring for others looks different for everyone – from laboring moms wearing their masks to the elderly seeking treatment alone in the hospital. Parents have sent young kids back to daycare with a mix of fear and relief, grade school parents are now starting the year virtually, and college parents are helping their young adults navigate independent life away from home.

Taking action

Sherrie shares cookies with her daughterThroughout all the chaos, one of the ways I felt I could help manage the situation was to control what I could at work and at home. I set up a schedule and activities for my daughter at home and blocked time on my calendar for caregiving. I also kicked off the Parents & Caregivers Inclusion Resource Group (IRG) at Indeed with an internal #wfh-parents Slack channel, which gained over 700 members in a week’s time. 

The channel is a place where parents and caregivers can share knowledge, vent about our shared struggles, and support one another.

A new reality 

Trying to lighten the mood of the moment, I recently posted the video below showing a day in the life of a caregiver, a fun and playful take that unfortunately doesn’t tell the whole story.

What it misses are the toddler meltdowns, the guilt, the tiredness that comes with balancing another’s needs with the needs of an average work day.

Ironically, caregivers know how to give care, but often neglect to take care of themselves. The reality is, parents are spending 30 hours a week on caregiving on top of their average workload.

Now, with the added role of educator for some, parents are working 3 full time jobs in a day and only getting paid for one. 

Finding communitySherrie and family

Everyone’s situation is unique. Our Slack community has provided a space to connect and be seen. Employees are engaging, vulnerable, and supportive. 

In these 6 months, I’ve met a dad who upgraded his wheelchair-bound son’s desk space to get ready for school; heard from a friend who actively tries to shield her black son from the news because he doesn’t need reminders of his lived experience; and talked to a husband who takes breaks during the day to give his wife hormone injections as they go through IVF. 

Another mom introduced herself to the group, expressed gratitude for Indeed’s fertility benefits, and then let us know she recently miscarried. One of my former teammates told me her father passed away from COVID, and she’s trying to support her mom while wrangling her 3 kids. With all of this going on, we still log on, answer that email, and collaborate with our teams; sometimes work is our break from life. 

Two truths

Sherrie's daughter Amaya at a laptop with the screen that says "I help people get jobs."

Sherrie’s daughter, Amaya, sitting next to mommy’s work mission

We love contributing to the incredible mission of helping people get jobs, and we love our family. So how do we juggle both? The truth is, we can’t. Each moment ends up being a choice, and often when it comes to keeping our children safe or an everyday work moment, it’s really not a choice at all. 

Unfortunately, work-life conflict has existed for a long time because we’ve kept our two identities separate. With remote work, the two have collided.

It’s equally freeing and painfully uncomfortable. Indeed is a place that provides a lot of freedom: incredible benefits, which includes weekly therapy sessions, parental leave, unlimited time off, and a culture of inclusion and belonging. But as with everything, we have opportunities for improvement, which is where the work of the Parents & Caregivers (IRG) comes in.

Launching an Inclusion Resource Group in a Pandemic

As the 10th and most recently formed IRG at Indeed, we find that caregiving is an intersectional identity that impacts members across all groups. We have members who care for the elderly and family members with disabilities. We have Black, Brown, Asian, Latinx, LGBTQ+ caregivers, and those who are veterans.

We also have parents of fully grown children, soon-to-be parents, and those just returning to the workplace from parental leave – our members live all over the world from Japan to Canada.

What’s Working

Sherrie and her daughter in the poolI mentioned before the power of our community. Right now, most of our engagement happens on Slack, but it’s bigger than the platform. It’s a space to be seen, connect with colleagues, and uplift one another. When I talk to members, they feel most validated knowing they’re not alone in the struggle of this pandemic. 

Our Senior Leadership Team constantly acknowledges the struggles we face, and they openly express frustration that they can’t solve this crisis as many are experiencing the effects themselves. Folks are also coming together to provide support beyond the initial #wfh-parents with channels like #wfh-school-help and #eldercare-chats. 

We also find that humor and joy are pivotal. For a few weeks, we played a game where everyone told their current home situation and replaced their kids with “my coworker”: Today, my coworker (15mo) had a meltdown and threatened to quit when she couldn’t find her bellybutton under a pair of overalls. And another game of “what do your kids say when you ask them what you do for work?”

  • Social Media Specialist: My 2 year old daughter – “I talk to peoples.”
  • Software Engineer: My 6 year old son  says “I type random words on the computer”
  • Manager, Einstein Analytics:  “ma-ma-ba-ba-ba-DADA”
  • Senior Account Executive: “make money”
  • Internal Communications for TA: “Mommy talks to her friends about how tired everyone is all the time”

Off Slack and onto Zoom, we bring our kids to the Black Inclusion Group’s Verzuz battles, in which two DJs pair up live and compete to decide who has the better playlist. It’s been a fun way to break up the work day and entertain our kids. We also attended iPride’s dance parties during Pride Month and the GenderCool Project where trans youth shared their stories. Next month, we’ll be hosting a storytime series where IRG leaders and our executives will read their favorite children’s books about diversity and inclusion.

What Could Be Better

We need allies who both recognize our struggles and validate our worth. Acknowledge our families, ask how they’re doing, and most importantly, remind us to take care of ourselves and leverage our mental health resources. Help us set attainable goals and measurable outcomes, and give us the autonomy to manage our own time.

Whether we’ve accepted it or not, we’re in this for the long haul, and we need to pace ourselves. We all need to come together to support caregivers. Our teams, our company, and our society depend on it.

Learn about some of the other challenges parents and caregivers are facing on Indeed Community.

Tips from other Parents & Caregivers

During August, we’ve been sharing tips from Parents & Caregivers on our #insideindeed Instagram. Below is the advice they gave for dealing with parenting in a pandemic.

April #insideindeed Austin

“One thing I recommend keeping in mind is that uninterrupted working time for parents is incredibly rare. What may seem like a quick, 30-minute check-in via zoom to you may be a logistical nightmare for a parent; an exercise in keeping their kids safe, adequately entertained, and quiet. Checking-in on each meeting before scheduling it and determining if the content can be handled via email instead can make all the difference.” -April, #insideindeed Austin

Patrick #insideindeed Düsseldorf

“The change that suddenly came when the kindergarten was closed was particularly difficult. It was very challenging to meet the needs of my 5-year-old son, the expectations towards myself as a father, and to make him happy with the new situation. I am sure that it hit a lot of people. Above all, for me, being part of the Parents & Caregivers Inclusion Resource Group means creating a sense of belonging and not leaving the Parents & Caregivers alone with their challenges and feelings in these times.” – Patrick, #insideindeed Düsseldorf

 

Maria and her daughter

Maria #insideindeed Foster City

“Not being afraid to ask for help is the single most important thing you can do for yourself. I have been fortunate to have a supportive manager and my team is one of the best set of people I have worked with. That said, support can come in multiple forms. One of the most meaningful benefits at Indeed is the virtual counseling sessions available through Support Linc. If you are a parent/caregiver – Yes, the struggle is real but know that you are not alone!” – Maria, #insideindeed Foster City

The mission of the Parents & Caregivers Inclusion Resource Group at Indeed is to foster a sense of belonging for all parents and caregivers, so they can thrive at work throughout all stages of the caregiving journey. 

Learn more about how Indeed is Here to Help parents and caregivers in the video below.

Read about Mun-Yee’s experience coming back to work post-maternity leave or Stuart’s story about being a work from home dad with 5 kids.

As we get ready for back to school, Meet the Teachers of Indeed in this post from our #insideindeed culture blog.

Learn more about Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed.

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The Richness of our Roots: Cultural Inclusion at Indeed

Navigating your way through an unfamiliar culture is a brave and challenging task. Indeedians who have done it say perhaps the most difficult part is to try to fit in without losing your heritage.

Indeedians share their International Inclusion stories

Did you know Indeed.com helps people get jobs in more than 60 countries in 28 languages around the world? 

International Inclusion Group Global Leadership

We believe that’s something to celebrate! That’s why we dedicated all July to sharing and learning about the different cultures that make up Indeed worldwide.

Whether it’s faith, food, family heritage, language or country of origin, as Indeedians, we believe the things that make us different provide strength and perspective to our company and each other.

“Being in the technology space, we have a platform that impacts the world on a massive scale. With this perspective and in light of recent events, it’s been clear that people exist with widely differing world views. Some of these perspectives can be disheartening, but others can be incredible,” Adit Dixit, International Inclusion Group Site Lead in Foster City, explains.

Fitting in without losing yourself

Navigating your way through an unfamiliar culture is a brave and challenging undertaking. Indeedians who have done it say perhaps the most difficult part is to try to fit in without losing your heritage.

Yao Yao, Product Scientist – Tokyo

Yao Yao who works in our Tokyo office explains, “I have been moving around and living in foreign countries for half of my life. No matter where I go, I’m Chinese. No matter where I was, life has always been a mix of struggling and balancing among keeping my heritage and fitting in, and the most important part, being myself.” 

Search Quality Analyst, Ela Gavrilova adds, “In elementary school, all I wanted to do was fit in and be ‘normal.’ I felt sure that other kids would make fun of me for being different, being foreign, having an accent. I strove to hide my heritage.” 

“Challenges could come from everywhere, maybe daily encounters in restaurants, or work discussions,” Yao Yao continues. “ I have experienced a lot and I could imagine many of us here are going through some of them. I joined the International Inclusion Group with the hope I could contribute to make our Indeedians enjoy where they are and being who they are.”

Global Humans of Indeed

Throughout this month, our International Inclusion Resource Group has used the theme “Global Human Stories of Indeed” to celebrate how different cultures and communities come together to make us who we are as people and as a company

Jim Hand, Senior Software Engineer – Austin, TX

Some are interesting like Senior Software Engineer, Jim Hand’s story of discovering a new relative from the South Pacific.

“I found myself answering a call from a man with a South Pacific accent. I sat in my car and talked with him for about an hour. He explained that his adopted father was a Belgian doctor at the hospital where my aunt had given birth. My aunt had kept this secret her entire life. It was so weird to hear that an individual who could have been part of my life was separated from his biological side of the family for his entire life. His life surely would have been in California, but instead was in American Samoa and Hawaii,” Jim recalls.

“We decided to friend each other on Facebook. I immediately saw that his appearance was just like my cousin’s on my mother’s side of the family. He could easily be mistaken as a brother of one of my cousins. I saw pictures of his beautiful family and researched his parents. I realized that even though my aunt did not raise him, he must have had a great life.”

A new perspective

Muna Hussaini, Jobseeker Chief of Staff – Austin, TX

Some are insightful like Jobseeker Chief of Staff, Muna Hussaini, finding a new lens through which to think about her family history.

Muna shared what she learned about her father’s journey from India to Oklahoma in the 1970s and the new perspective it gave her with regards to racial discrimiation and the privilege her family enjoys.

A photograph of Muna’s father ~1970

“Despite graduating at the top of his class and completing relevant research, my father was rejected from 80-90 jobs,” Muna explains. “With emotion, he recalled receiving one rejection after another, most within days. This news gave me pause, as it was the time of snail mail and letters being written by secretaries on typewriters. How much consideration were his applications given?”

Her father eventually found a job after his research advisor introduced him to someone working at an oil company in Pennsylvania, but recent events have prompted Muna to think about how much more difficult her father’s journey could have been.

“Though he faced difficulty, it was due to circumstance and not his origin. Perhaps being a foreign, lighter-skinned, Indian man made it easier for him to walk through life. As an Indian man, he was in a position of privilege and was able to benefit from racial inequity, bypassing the racism and systemic injustice facing the Black community.”

Learning together

Ela Gavrilova, International Inclusion Group Regional Co-Chair

Some are inspirational like Ela’s story of a tough conversation with her mum, a Russian Immigrant who now lives in Canada.

“She and I were catching up via video chat, and she expressed her worry about me, checking in about how I was doing amid all of the troubling events going on south of the northern border. When she started listing the many things I should be concerned about, she immediately brought up the Black Lives Matter protests, and how she wished they would ‘just stop’.”

With a lot of recent discussions and training provided by Indeed’s Inclusion Resource Groups and our Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging team, Ela feels she now has the tools to have a calm and educational conversation with her mother.

“I didn’t approach her with hostility or anger. I didn’t force an association between her ingrained beliefs and her character. I didn’t demean or demoralize her for her views. And to my incredible surprise, relief, and joy – she really listened!

“In the moment, seeing her nod along, eyes wide, finding her way slowly out of her personal forest of ingrained bias — I was so touched and amazed that she could be willing to see the situation from a different perspective.”

Celebrating International Inclusion

In addition to sharing stories, every Monday the International Inclusion Group had a different musical theme to get Indeedians motivated to start the week, including International love songs, dance songs and revolutionary songs.

Adit Dixit, International Inclusion Group Site Lead – Foster City, CA

They also did social media takeovers of the #insideindeed Instagram to ask fellow Indeedians to share their favorite dishes, sports, beautiful things and what they are grateful for during these complex times.

In the end, Adit says being part of the International Inclusion Resource Group has made him a better Indeedian and citizen of the world. 

“While at work, and specifically starting the International Inclusion Group in Foster City, I’ve found meaningful connections with people I might not have been able to interact with and meet. These conversations have enriched my understanding of the world, whether it’s a new type of cuisine, or a phrase that says something perfectly in another language but has no translation in English, it’s been a rewarding and enriching experience,” he says. 

“Whatever country you’re from, and whatever you identify with, WHO you are is welcomed and encouraged. I find that incredibly empowering. We as Indeedians have stood strong in the face of a pandemic and the upheavals happening all around us, and we’re only growing stronger as we learn and support each other.” 

For more International Inclusion stories, watch the video below.

Read more Indeedian stories on our #insideindeed culture blog.

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Celebrating Pride inside brings Indeedians closer together

We truly were all in this together. It was not easy and we struggled at times throughout the planning and execution of our virtual events, but we got through it together.

Johnny Snyder from 2019 Pride celebration in NYC

How Indeedians adapted to virtual Pride celebrations this year

As a Client Success Specialist and member of our iPride Inclusion Resource Group (IRG) in New York City, Johnny Snyder (He, Him, His) is celebrating his second Pride Month at Indeed. He shares how last year’s Pride Month gave him a new perspective and how he’s celebrating this year.

As a gay, mixed-race man working in the restaurant industry before Indeed, I had spent so much of my New York life working in one of the most diverse industries out there, but it was always a “be seen, not heard” atmosphere, even in management. 

I remember being told to “dial it down” by owners, referring to my flamboyance in greeting patrons and employees, while at the same time being praised for all the hard work I was doing. I just never understood how I could be commended for doing a good job and in the same breath, essentially be told to not be myself. But this all changed at Indeed.

Gaining a new perspective with iPride

I couldn’t believe how immediately comfortable I felt when I first joined iPride, Indeed’s employee-led LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Resource Group. A corporate job with a focus on marginalized communities was such a foreign concept to me, and I was so thrilled to be a part of it. 

To have senior leadership sponsor and actively participate in Pride activities was incredible to me. It still is! Because of this group, I marched in my first NYC Pride in 2019! Truth be told, I danced on the double-decker bus. It was the first time I was able to see this march from that perspective, and it was an amazing experience.

Adapting to #PrideInside

Now, with the world changed due to COVID-19, we’ve had to adjust the way we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pride march here in NYC and around the world by doing things virtually. Our regional leadership has done an incredible job with putting together intersectional events with other IRGs to allow for all Indeedians to still participate in Pride month, just in a different way.

GenderCool virtual event

From celebrating our great wins including the recent Supreme Court ruling on outlawing LGBTIA+ employment discrimination, to the focuses we still need to have on getting our transgender family protected beyond just the employment world, as well as fighting for justice for our black and brown family, there has been plenty to learn and celebrate. 

Read more: Astra’s experience transitioning at Indeed

Some of the unique things we did this year included virtual dance parties and happy hours, as well as a number of workshops, vigils and challenges to keep the spirit of Pride alive while still staying safely inside. 

One of the highlights this year was the virtual GenderCool event, an organization created through a neighborhood connection between a trans woman and a child who was transitioning. We met champions who shared their coming out stories and how their personal journeys were impacted by unconditional love and support.

Radissen, iPride Toronto

More iPride perspectives

Some of my fellow iPride members shared how the experience of having to be apart ended up bringing us closer together while celebrating Pride inside this year.

“I may not be able to celebrate Pride the way I would prefer this year but a cool silver lining came out of Indeed’s Virtual Pride – not only were we able to access international Pride events online but everyone was in the exact same virtual situation. This meant that we could all connect and have the same experience without feeling like you’re staring through a window into another person’s house. We all got to be in the same “virtual” house together.” – Radissen Ramoutar, iPride Toronto

Kimberly and family

Some Indeedians like Kimberly even took the opportunity to educate family about important history related to Pride such as the Stonewall uprising, which essentially kicked off the Pride movement. 

“Today we focused our lunchtime conversation around what happened at Stonewall and why Pride is celebrated every June. In our home, it is important to teach our boys that yes, we are all different but we all deserve to be treated fairly regardless of age, sex, race, religion, or gender reassignment. How boring would life be if we were all the same?” Kimberly shared in an Instagram post this month.

Shintaro and Masato celebrate Pride 2019 in Japan

Even though we could not celebrate Pride month like last year by participating in parades and events as a company, I was very happy to see all the amazing virtual events and the way Indeed celebrated in every possible way! I am so proud and thankful to be working for such a company that’s so dedicated to its diversity and inclusion!” – Shintaro Nakagawa, iPride Japan

Check out Shintaro’s amazing Pride inspired lip sync battle

David Kirwan, iPride Dublin

Our iPride Co-Chair in Dublin, David Kirwan, perhaps sums it up best.

“Although we were physically apart, I felt closer, more supported and more connected than ever. We truly were all in this together. It wasn’t easy and we struggled at times throughout the planning and execution of our virtual events, but we got through it together.”

Watch: iPride EMEA presents: Fireside Chat with Amazin LeThi

Being a better ally

I am so grateful to Indeed for providing this space for marginalized groups and the people who support those that fall into them. I’m an active member of almost every IRG at Indeed now, because I truly believe that you cannot be an ally for anyone if you aren’t an ally for everyone.

I’m proud that iPride has used its platform this month to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as they fight against systemic racism. In the spirit of Stonewall, we have made sure to acknowledge the many aspects that make up our intersecting identities to stand alongside all groups fighting for equality and in opposition to discrimination and injustice.

I see now that there are companies where you can be noticed and praised for doing a good job while still allowed to be your authentic self. And thanks to Indeed, I can help to do my part to make this space more inclusive, whether it’s from the top of a bus in one of the largest Pride parades in the world or educating myself from home with the support of my company and colleagues. After all, without diversity, inclusion & belonging, a company and the people within that company cannot grow to their full potential.

Happy Pride Month to everyone!

Learn more about iPride at Indeed in the video below:

 

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Freedom, unity, reflection: Indeed celebrates Juneteenth

A celebration of freedom, an ongoing fight against oppression. On June 19th, Indeed is proud to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth, a significant date for African Americans in their continued fight for freedom and equality in the U.S. This year, the significance of the holiday is amplified by the renewed fight for racial justice in America […]

A celebration of freedom, an ongoing fight against oppression.

On June 19th, Indeed is proud to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth, a significant date for African Americans in their continued fight for freedom and equality in the U.S. This year, the significance of the holiday is amplified by the renewed fight for racial justice in America and around the world. 

What is Juneteenth?

The significance of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, is often misunderstood. Some assume it’s the date when enslaved people were freed, or the day that slavery ended. In fact, like the fight for freedom and equality today, it’s much more complex than that. 

For many enslaved people in Texas, it took two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, which legally ended slavery, for them to learn of their freedom. 

Throughout that time, oppressors in Texas ignored the law and continued illegally enslaving people until June 19th, 1865 when Union general Gordon Granger enforced federal orders in Galveston, Texas that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Since then, Juneteenth has become a symbolic date representing true African American freedom. 

It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection, rejoicing, assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future.

2019 Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas.

Standing together

As we celebrate this historic date in the midst of a global pandemic and protests that seek to dismantle the legacy of slavery that continues to linger in American law and society, it is a reminder that the residue of injustice doesn’t wash away with simple changes in legislation. The quest for equality is a constant battle and requires energy, education and unity.

In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities, and religions are coming together to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.

Reflections from Indeed’s Black Inclusion Group

Gyasi Barber, Black Inclusion Group, NYC

“Celebrating Juneteenth is important for me because it signifies the point of freedom for my people, black people. Our country’s independence was in 1776, but ours wasn’t until 1865. I first learned about Juneteenth when I was studying the Holocaust in Houston.

It took me 22 years and a symposium about another atrocity to learn about one of my own. I hope more public schools implement the history of slaves in this country into their curriculum so that doesn’t happen again.” – Gyasi Barber, Global Product Solutions Lead

 

Jessica Cheeks, Black Inclusion Group, Scottsdale, AZ

“Marcus Garvey once said “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

I celebrate Juneteenth so that I never forget to be appreciative of the fight my ancestors endured. With my future in mind, I celebrate Juneteenth so that I can be proud of the woman I am and live unapologetically in my skin.

I celebrate Juneteenth so that my children will know where they came from, love themselves beyond measure and strive to make their own mark in this world. I will refuse to forget my roots… That is why I celebrate Juneteenth.” – Jessica Cheeks, Client Success Specialist

William Bryan, Black Inclusion Group Communications Lead, NYC

“Juneteenth is a time to celebrate our freedom but it also shows that the work isn’t done. We are not equal  even though we have fought to be. Juneteenth is a time to celebrate the work we accomplished so far, but the best is yet to come.” – William Bryan, Client Success Specialist

Indeed’s dedication to Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

“Inclusion and Belonging is one of Indeed’s five Core Values. We have been working for years to raise awareness, grow allyship, and create an open and supportive environment for all employees. We do this because it makes Indeed a better place to work. But the most important motivation is that our mission is to help people get jobs. Economic opportunity — access to jobs — is core to the fight against racism, injustice, and inequity. The more Indeed represents the world around us, the better we are at helping all people get jobs.” – Chris Hyams, CEO of Indeed.

Happy and hopeful Juneteenth to all!

Learn more about Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed.

Read CEO Chris Hyams’ full statement of acknowledgement and support to the Black community

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Stress and Anxiety of the Black Community during Health and Racial Pandemics

Dr. Charmain Jackman and LaFawn Davis, VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed discuss racial trauma, white allyship, and encouraging the journey from passive to active engagement for those advocating for racial justice.

A Fireside Chat with Dr. Charmain Jackman and LaFawn Davis, DI&B VP

On Monday, June 8th, Indeed hosted a special fireside chat with Dr. Charmain Jackman and LaFawn Davis, VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed on ‘Stress and Anxiety of the Black Community During Health and Racial Pandemics’ and the power of becoming a visible advocate. Dr. Jackman presented to a virtual audience of over 800 Indeed employees on a range of topics, including racial trauma, white allyship, and encouraging the journey from passive to active engagement for those advocating for racial justice.

Charmain F. Jackman, Ph.D., is a Harvard-trained, licensed psychologist with over 23 years in the mental health field. She currently serves as the Dean of Health & Wellness at Boston Arts Academy. Dr. Jackman is the founder + CEO of InnoPsych, Inc., an organization on a mission to change the face of therapy and to promote wellness & healing for people of color. As a change-maker, Dr. Jackman is passionate about the intersection of psychology, mental health, and diversity, and has created social impact initiatives that support community members and mental health professionals. She is a recipient of the 2020 American Psychological Association’s PLC Diversity Award.

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