To have a good time Black History Month, Glassdoor will spotlight a number of influential Black staff inside our BUILD ERG (Blacks, United, In Management and Improvement) throughout the shopper success, content material, engineering, product verticals all through February. These leaders are numerous, passionate, and pushed and are unimaginable examples of Black Excellence.
Meet Reginald Missouri, a options advisor at Glassdoor, and helps shoppers with data-driven insights that inform expertise model technique. For almost two years, he has supported each shoppers each home and worldwide whereas primarily based out of the Mill Valley headquarters. Along with his day after day duties, he has been a Enterprise Lead pillar for BUILD for a 12 months.
Along with his sturdy background in advertising and marketing technique and textual content analytics, he additionally makes a speciality of pure language processing applied sciences that present sentiment evaluation throughout unstructured knowledge sources targeted on worker branding. In his spare time, he enjoys studying, learning, spending time along with his household, and infrequently touring.
We sat down for a Q&A with Missouri to study extra about his profession trajectory, how he’s celebrating Black Historical past Month and ideas on what Black Excellence means to him.
Q: Share your profession journey. What led you down the trail of your present occupation?
Reginald Missouri: My preliminary dream was to develop into a felony protection lawyer, as social justice has at all times been my ardour. Once I received accepted into legislation faculty, I noticed the authorized subject wasn’t the proper path for me, so I walked the earth a bit looking for my profession calling. In 2004, I landed a gig as a webmaster (again when that was a factor), and Google Adwords was actually beginning to take off. I fell into the deep finish with digital advertising and marketing, and that led to a number of alternatives, together with turning into a panel speaker for Digital Advertising and marketing seminars for native companies supplied by AT&T Promoting Options. By means of a end result of offering material experience, consulting, managing a gross sales staff, and buying new technical talent units throughout the varied organizations I joined, I found my ardour for strategizing with companies to ship premium options to on a regular basis issues for each companies and customers.
Q: Communicate a bit about your cultural background. How has your heritage formed your skilled and private journey?
Missouri: Tradition is a captivating factor for me as a result of there was some extent in my life once I valued having the ability to relate to different cultures greater than my very own. I’ve traveled worldwide and have lived in two completely different international locations the place I needed to adapt to completely different cultural backgrounds. My view of the world has shifted in that whereas I nonetheless admire completely different cultures, I discover worth in absolutely embracing my very own lifestyle, whether or not others can relate to it or not. My religion is part of my tradition, and I establish 100% as a Son of The Most Excessive God and 100% as a Black man; each my religion and neighborhood have helped me alongside the way in which. I’ve needed to battle via a novel set of challenges and adversity that affect me socially, economically, politically, and spiritually. If it weren’t for these earlier than me who made a method to convey my distinctive attributes to the desk, I wouldn’t be the place I’m at the moment.
Q: Do you’re feeling that Glassdoor has celebrated and supported your cultural id and surrounding neighborhood, and in that case, how has it efficiently performed that? If not, how may it accomplish that higher?
Missouri: Out of all of the locations the place I’ve labored, Glassdoor undoubtedly ranks on the prime when celebrating and supporting my black cultural id. I’ve had the privilege of seeing firsthand how Glassdoor helps its Black staff and offers enter round how it’s communicated internally and externally. The corporate has been profitable on this regard. It exhibits via all of the roundtables the corporate has sponsored, Christian’s (Christian Sutherland Wong, CEO of Glassdoor) responsiveness to our wants, workshops, guide golf equipment, schooling panels, and enhancing recruiting efforts to rent extra Black staff. As with most issues, there may be at all times room for enchancment, however on the whole, I imagine Glassdoor acknowledges it will possibly do extra and is already working in the direction of that.
Q: What does Black Historical past Month imply to you, and the way are you planning to have a good time this 12 months?
Missouri: Black Historical past Month is a time the place I mirror on the accomplishments and achievements of Blacks in America. Our neighborhood has made an enormous contribution traditionally and continues to affect our nation via popular culture, trend, politics, sports activities, music, leisure, science, expertise, and a lot extra. With the continuing misrepresentation of Black individuals within the media, it’s simple to miss these contributions. Black Historical past Month serves as a small reminder of who we’re and the way we ought to be represented all year long. Whereas not restricted to only February, I will probably be specializing in supporting Black-owned companies and persevering with self-education.
Q: This month’s Black Historical past Month’s theme is Black Excellence. How do you outline Black Excellence?
Missouri: Black Excellence is the result of a individuals which have been traditionally disenfranchised, oppressed, hated, discriminated towards, and regardless of all of that, continues to efficiently rise towards all odds to be the easiest it may be. On a person degree, it’s the very best model of you whereas overcoming the distinctive and ongoing obstacles the Black neighborhood faces.
Q: How do you’re feeling about being the Enterprise Lead for Glassdoor’s BUILD ERG? How is BUILD positively impacting Range & Inclusion at Glassdoor?
Missouri: Being a Enterprise Lead for Glassdoor’s BUILD ERG has been a studying expertise. It has helped me perceive my very own strengths and allowed me to construct relationships with individuals outdoors of my staff. In my time serving as Enterprise Lead, I’ve found a real want by the corporate to know Black staff’ points higher. It’s refreshing to see the help from the various conversations BUILD and the corporate have had. Though BUILD is without doubt one of the newer ERGs, it continues to positively affect Range and Inclusion at Glassdoor by pioneering the means to evaluate what all individuals of colour are coping with within the office and collaborating with different ERGs to find a viable answer for everybody.