I f***ing get it … Representation Matters

Cursing at work

Swearing at work, or even worse on stage, is unprofessional is a widely held belief — to which I say and have continued to say “Fuck that, I’mma be me.”

The curse of being a young black man who “can make it”

Here’s a little thing about being black and “articulate / smart / etc” when you are young… A lot of well meaning people will tell you “you’ve got a shot, keep being like XYZ, and you can really make it.”

Here’s a few of us doing mock interview training.

“I’ve never seen anything like you did Wil”

There it was.

Being authentic to myself was inspirational to him

I don’t like to think of myself as inspirational to anyone because it is presumptuous. Saying “I inspire people” is just not how I get down.

He used “Dope” more than likely b/c he knew I’d be ok w/ it.

Re: Diversity I’m not the “make a statement CEO”

When I say I am comfortable with Seer’s slow progress on diversity, what I mean is that I’m in the field doing real shit with young black and brown people, I make mentorship / volunteering a priority and I allow all Seer people to do this work at any time of the day they want. Fuck a statement, I gotta look at myself in the mirror and ask…am I doing all I can.

Shout outs

This young man’s experience was only possible due to a lot of other people and they should also get their flowers.

Lauren “buck nasty” Boyd

Thank you for putting in the work with Hopeworks day in and day out — when I reached out looking for impressive underrepresented young people, there you were you knew exactly who to reach out to and yeah he’s impressive AF, you’ve been at this for YEARS and thank you for mentoring with Hopeworks young people for years, you put in extra work before, during, and after work to help so many of their youth impress people in interviews.

Lauren working on interview skills with someone from Hopeworks 6 years ago!

Lynsey Jones

Lyns, it’s impossible to find a photo of us together because you are always in the background making things run. When I had a request of you to help me get more young underrepresented folks in the room, you were all about it. You inspired me to start thinking…how can I use my heft as a speaker to try to leverage that heft to get more opportunities to get young people coming up into rooms like these, lets see what I come up with. Come back to Philly next year and lets do something BIGGER together.

Rand Fishkin & Will Critchlow & Shawn Collins

You all in your own ways ran organizations that allowed me to “be me” when I presented. That gave me confidence to bring my authentic self to the stage year after year after year. You put me in a position for this to happen, just maybe if I had gotten enough “You should tone it downs” over the years this wouldn’t have happened.

Brad Aronson

I wouldn’t have even known who Hopeworks was if it wasn’t for you. Thank you for always finding ways to put good into the world. If ya’ll want a copy of the book I got a few to give out (kindle only).

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Wil Reynolds

Wil Reynolds

Serial Underdog @seerinteractive doing SEO, Marketing, & Stuff, I am whatever you say I am.