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As Juneteenth recently passed—making history by officially becoming a federal holiday—we were all reminded as allies and advocates that there is still much work to be done. A leader in the anti-racism movement is the passionate Tori Bell. Bell began her community-centered diversity work by creating the global employee resource group Black Women at Facebook, which now has over 2500 members and allies who support those who identify as Black women within the major tech company. Black Women at Facebook eventually led Bell to build her own brilliant newsletter, Inclusion Unpacked, that supplies the tools to begin an allyship journey, seamlessly providing weekly diversity, equity, and inclusion resources. Bell has filled a void by combining community and education, reaching people wherever they are in their allyship journey and, in turn, making a major impact in the anti-racism movement.
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Bell believes education is an integral pillar in becoming an ally. Thus, she consults new founders and their teams—such as beloved brands Girlboss and Starface—and is launching a Social Media Allyship Program on July 13, which outlines how to become an ally in three cohesive steps. Bell has become an influential voice and industry thought-leader, inspiring us all to take action and commit to real change.
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But before Bell was at the helm of a meaningful movement, she actually began her career at SunTrust Investment Bank, assisting with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She then moved on to work with the startup Jopwell before joining the Facebook team in 2017, where she was hired as an internship recruiter. Tune in to the latest episode of Second Life to hear how Bell forged her own career path in finding work that is both inspiring and deeply purposeful.