How to Implement Inclusive Recruiting Practices to Build a More Diverse Team

This article pairs with the latest episode of the HubSpot podcast Culture Happens, featuring HubSpot Campus Recruiting Manager Colleen Grant, VP of Engineering Jared Williams, and Engineering Lead Zoe Sobin.

Hiring a diverse team is critical to building good software. The advantages of diversity apply to all teams, of course, but when you’re building software, having diverse perspectives in the room leads to a stronger product. Your customers aren’t homogenous, so why would your team be? More importantly, building a diverse team is simply the right thing to do. 

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My Father’s Accident Brought Accessibility Into Focus

Have you ever gotten the call? 

You know, the call that heralds a seismic shift in the life of someone you love, or even yourself. Last year, I received the call from my panicked mother, and she told me that my father had gotten into a serious bicycle accident, and because of the severe spinal cord injury (SCI) he sustained, had lost the use of his arms and his legs. 

My father had become quadriplegic. 

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Name Dropping: Liz Borowsky, SVP Platform Engineering at Akamai

Name Dropping is a Q&A series that aims to elevate the stories of women leading in the tech space. The idea came from Angela DeFranco, a Director of Product at HubSpot, who said one way to be better allies is to name drop more women in discussions of achievement, inspiration, and disruptors in tech, instead of referencing, time and again, the same set of (often male) leaders.

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Scaling People, Not Just Product: HubSpot’s Internal Conference Week

Over the past few months we’ve been planning our yearly internal conference, affectionately named EPIC Week (Engineering & Product Internal Conference Week). Each year, the team gathers together to run our own set of talks, programs and events that tie back to one goal: to learn from each other. 

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Name Dropping: Fidelma Russo, CTO & EVP, Iron Mountain

Name Dropping is a Q&A series that aims to elevate the stories of women leading in the tech space. The idea came from Angela DeFranco, a Director of Product at HubSpot, who said one way to be better allies is to name drop more women in discussions of achievement, inspiration, and disruptors in tech, instead of referencing, time and again, the same set of (often male) leaders.

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Approaching Diversity and Inclusion in Hiring as A Design Problem

It’s no secret that much of the tech industry has struggled to build diverse organizations and teams. HubSpot, with more than 3,000 employees, has faced this same challenge. But instead of throwing up our hands and saying Well, that’s just how things are, our UX team decided to treat the problem like any customer problem--only this time, we were solving for ourselves. We decided to apply our design thinking methods and approach the challenge in a user-centered way. We set out to use the data-driven approach ingrained in our Culture Code to identify holes in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices, and layer qualitative research on top.

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