"Google has a really good donation matching program, so for a while I tried throwing money at this void of meaning," she told us. An employee resource group at the company promoted the narrative that tech workers can best improve the world by donating swaths of their income. But this method is indirect at best, and at worst, reinforces existing, flawed power structures.
For Colleen, it was simply too far removed to make her efforts feel meaningful. Toward the end of 2018 she started interviewing with companies doing more impactful work. It was during this search that she found Shift: a talent development company for military veterans transitioning to civilian careers. But when she tried to apply, the job page was broken. To get the interview, and the eventual job, Colleen had to find and email the CEO directly. The job page has since been fixed: