Jim Chauncey-Kelly has long been a champion for marginalized and underrepresented workers in technology companies. As Senior Director of Global Talent Acquisition for Ripple and Co-Head of Pride at Ripple Employee Resource Group (ERG), he is helping to build a more inclusive and diverse workplace culture within the blockchain industry.
It’s natural for Jim to be a pioneer. He was part of what he calls “magical times” during the original dot-com boom that put people in financial jobs in the Bay Area more than 20 years ago. He also helped start an early ERG at a large asset management company, when such employee-led groups were still an emerging phenomenon.
And Jim and his husband were one of the first same-sex couples to legally get married in San Francisco, an experience he said was more than special because it made him feel equal and no longer a second-class citizen.
His personal path towards equal marriage rights and as a member of the LGBTQ + community is what makes Jim appreciate an open and inclusive workplace like Ripple.
“It is incredibly important that I am supported and able to bring my whole self to work in order to be satisfied and happy in my role [to the office] Every day.”
As a visible leader at Ripple, he knows it is his job to make sure others feel the same sense of support and belonging. Co-leading the Pride at Ripple ERG is a meaningful and fulfilling experience that enables him to do just that.
The Pride at Ripple ERG aims to provide support, resources, collaboration, career development, and empower Ripple employees not only at work but in their global communities – while also being able to find themselves without editing To bring work.
Jim says that others see him in his role at a notable tech company like Ripple is important because it sends a message to the broader tech community that diversity is important and valued. He knows that while diversity is a priority in many companies, it can still be elusive.
He and other LGBTQ + business leaders serve as important role models for others trying to achieve similar positions, as well as to show companies that building diverse teams drives business success.
Jim’s vision for an inclusive corporate culture is one in which teams comprised of “a complete rainbow of people” – by gender, race, and sexual identity – are the rule rather than the exception. As a recruiter, he knows that reality makes a company successful because it naturally attracts diverse, high-quality talent.
His advice to job seekers is to feel comfortable in their own skin: “Never filter yourself. Never try to be something that you are not. Be exactly who you are because that makes a company stronger and makes you a stronger person. ”
In particular, he encourages people looking for their next role to consider Ripple because it’s more than a job. He says that Ripple offers the chance for a rewarding career in an inclusive environment that will ultimately enable them to grow into their best selves.
Learn more about Ripple’s culture.