Twelve years—that’s how long it took Leslie Miley to work with another black person in a high-level engineering role.
“I’ve been black in tech for a long time,” says Leslie, who has worked for the Obama Foundation and was an engineering director and manager at Slack, Twitter, Apple, and Google. “And I’m going to continue to be black and continue to speak out against inequities.”
Doing that hasn’t been easy. Leslie believes speaking out about diversity has hurt his career, and he’s not alone: studies show that people of color and women are penalized