At Yelp, we help education meet celebration. For us, it’s important to have conversations with an intersectional lens on identities. To kick off Latinx Heritage Month, our employee resource groups, Women at Yelp and SomosYelp, joined forces to highlight the experiences of Latinas. They chatted about an array of topics, from workplace barriers to trailblazing Latina leaders.
To continue the celebration, our Latinx/Hispanic employee resource group, SomosYelp, hosted a special edition of their Cafecito series. This time, we spiced things up with trivia and prizes while learning fun facts about the wonderful countries that make up Latin America. Adding to the entertainment, attendees were encouraged to showcase their heritage pride on their virtual backgrounds.
Rounding out the month, we hosted another crucial conversation, this time on the topic of self-advocacy. SomosYelp’s executive sponsor and Senior Director of People Strategy, Ops and Insights, led this fireside chat with guest speaker Santiago Narino, a community organizer and equity-centered coach at Albert Einstein Hospital in Brazil. This hour focused on the importance of advocating for others and ourselves in personal and professional environments, and learnings that come from doing so. Navigating these scenarios as members of the Latinx/Hispanic community brings nuances and complexities, and attendees were glad to have a safe space for discussion.
Between these events and the Sofar concert featuring musicians of Latinx/Hispanic descent, our internal community yet again got exposed to the wonders of such a rich and diverse community. To elevate voices while celebrating unapologetically is a huge part of the moments that collectively move us forward.