Yes, diversity numbers matter. Yes, awareness matters. But we believe changing attitudes and behaviors make a workplace inclusive. Through a variety of grassroots efforts and formal training, we invest the time to engage with employees on a personal level to foster an inclusive culture.
Through our partnership with TechTown PDX, we’ve taken our ally skills workshop outside the walls of Puppet’s headquarters to both educate employees at our sister tech companies and train the trainers. As a result, more than 400 people have learned how to be an ally.
Our Portland office also features the Puppet Innovation Lab. In partnership with PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment), Puppet offers co-working space at no charge for PIE startups. These companies also get the benefit of advice and mentorship from Puppet employees. In selecting companies to participate, we prioritized those founded by people from systemically underrepresented populations in entrepreneurship, including women and members of the LGBTQ+, black, and Latinx communities.
From day one, Puppet’s founder embedded the value of inclusion into the company’s DNA. Our leadership doesn’t pay lip service. Every executive participates in ally skills training, and we offer ongoing opportunities for open dialogue about topics such as unpacking privilege.