When I joined MailChimp 6 years ago after running a nonprofit organization, the vernacular of the tech world took some getting used to. I would read articles about other companies and one word kept coming up that surprised me: equity. The tech world loves to throw around the word “equity.” I soon learned that in this context it usually refers to a percentage of a company an employee owns.
But where I’d come from, equity means something different. It has more to do with community, equality, and justice than stocks and shares.
I think my colleagues at MailChimp are more familiar with this definition, too. We love our hometown, but we’ve watched Atlanta quickly become one of the least equitable places in the United States. The systemic forces that divide communities and produce income inequality are strong here.
We wanted to better understand what equity means for our community. So … Read more