Like everyone, I have been reflecting on recent events and trying to find the right words to express my thoughts and emotions. I share the pain and anger our team is feeling over the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans who have died due to police brutality.
I want to clearly state to our entire community that we stand in full solidarity with our Black peers, partners, customers, and industry against systemic racial injustice.
Last week, we postponed our digital events and paused social media in order to use that time to reflect, listen, and learn. While I know there isn’t an easy solution — and these challenges are not new — our team is committed to doing better. Here are some immediate actions we are taking:
- We are committed to financially supporting organizations that drive meaningful change. PartySlate made donations to two organizations voted on by our employees: the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund and The Bail Project, an organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the bail system.
- We are forming a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee to audit our culture and operations — everything from HR to partnerships — in order to identify clear areas for improvement. We will make short-term adjustments and create a long-term plan.
- We are committed to featuring Black-owned businesses on our platform, and we will be intentional with photos featured throughout our ecosystem.
- We will continue to have important conversations with Black event professionals, leaders within the event industry, and leaders within our own communities to continue to learn.
- We are committed to partnering with Black-owned businesses as we launch into new cities and expand our national and global footprint.
- We are committed to fostering an environment of open dialogue. This means making space for difficult conversations where mistakes will inevitably be made and constructive feedback will be shared.
Now and in the future, we will search for opportunities to make more of a difference. Public posts of outrage and condemnation are important, but will be ineffective if not in coordination with meaningful action.
Please reach out to me if you have feedback or ideas on what we can do to drive meaningful change.
Julie Roth Novack
Co-Founder & CEO, PartySlate