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Salesforce's Terrence Williams Believes Embracing Your Blackness Will Make You A Better Designer

Black designers have mastered code-switching while working in predominantly white spaces, but how can they embrace their authenticity more in professional settings? We’re covering this topic during the AfroTech Conference from the lens of Terrence Williams, a Black designer and visual artist who consistently advocates for more inclusive design spaces. He has been working as a senior design lead at Salesforce for the past four years. In the “Designing Blackness: How Black Designers Can Embrace Their Authenticity” session on the engineering and design stage, Williams plans to talk about why it’s crucial for Black designers to embrace being their most authentic selves in workspaces. “As a designer of color, I’ve had to navigate a number of spaces where I may be the only one or may not always feel as connected,” Williams told AfroTech. “I’ve had to learn to build my community as time has gone on.” Williams also told AfroTech that he struggled early on in his career without mentors that...

Oct 20, 2021

Exclusive: Serena Williams, Nike Commit To Creating Opportunities For The Next Generation Of Diverse Design Talent

World-renowned tennis star Serena Williams has long since used her platform as an athlete to advocate for Black communities when it comes to diversity and inclusion. So much so that she cemented a partnership with her longtime sponsor Nike back in 2019 to create the Serena Williams Design Crew (SWDC) — a six-month plus apprenticeship program for aspiring diverse designers. Now two years later, the inaugural cohort from the design collective is unveiling the very first collection created by several up-and-coming movers, makers, and doers that celebrates every part of Williams that is an athlete, style icon, and voice for change. The program not only shares Williams’ story through woven details, but it also marks a milestone for the tennis champion and Nike in their joint mission to build up a talent pipeline made up of the next generation of culturally diverse designers. “For me, I just really wanted to see more people that look like me in the Nike design world and Nike loved that...

Aug 17, 2021