In his Inbound keynote, HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan had said: “We’re leaning in hard on diversity and inclusion.” Tissa Hami, a speaker at the conference, offers diversity, equity and inclusion training through her company Korsi Consulting. Nothing unusual about a diversity consultant, you might think: what’s unusual about Hami’s story is how she became one.
Her initial experiences are depressingly familiar. Hami joined a well-known white-shoe law firm out of college as a paralegal, she recalls that out of 100 partners, there were six women and one Black male. “No matter what good work I did, none of it got noticed,” she told us.
From the frying pan to the fire, she made a move into investment banking, where she found inclusion numbers “even more skewed.” Seeking a change, of course, she went to grad school to study international affairs and graduated right into the aftermath of 9/11.