A Message from our CEO & COO
June 9th, 2020 by
Please read below a message to our team from Will and Angie Scott, our co-founders and CEO, COO respectively, which Will delivered with the support of the Search Influence executive team on June 9, 2020.
I want to start with a quote from Ibram X Kendi, an author on Race and Racism who published an anti-racist reading list in The New York Times and whose book I listened to over the last week. Mr. Kendi says:
“No one becomes ‘not racist,’ despite a tendency by Americans to identify themselves that way. We can only strive to be ‘antiracist’ on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.”
I’m sure many of you join me in having been—at different times—shocked, saddened, and enraged over the last few weeks. Some of you have been on this rollercoaster your whole lives, while many of us have had the luxury of confining it to moments in time.
I appreciate those of you who have gone to the protests in the last week. I appreciate those of you who are reading, educating yourselves, and doing the work of self reflection. Thank you.
At Search Influence we believe unequivocally that Black lives matter and we are committed to the equitable treatment of all our team members. We recognize that our demographics don’t match those of the city in which we live and work. We still have work to do.
We have always had a strict policy of “you be you.” We want to see you. And we love you.
There’s no such thing as color blind. We want to revel with you in whatever culture you call home.
To the extent you are comfortable being you at work, please know we want to see you.
Please take this as a call to action. Help us be better. If any of our team members—up to and including Angie and me—appear to be insensitive, let us know. I know we don’t have anyone working here who would seek to intentionally offend or demonstrate bias, but I am sure we won’t always get it right. We may need help to do better.
Co-founder & CEO