Black at Ripple’s Safiya Walker on the Importance of Inclusion and Always Showing Up
“The most important lesson I learned was the power of showing up.”
Safiya Walker displays on her time operating observe at Brown University and the sense of accountability she felt towards her teammates, coaches and the household, pals and fellow college students who supported her all through her athletic journey.
“Even if you’ve been up all night studying for a final exam,” she says, “you owe it to yourself and everyone else to show up at practice the next morning and give it your all. I’ve taken that attitude with me into my professional career.”
Having joined Ripple’s enterprise growth workforce in 2019, Safiya has given her all in each her Business Development Associate function and by changing into a champion of inclusion throughout the enterprise. In June 2020, she helped discovered Ripple’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce in response to the civil unrest happening within the United States. She later went on to ascertain Black at Ripple, an Employee Resource Group (ERG) primarily based on a shared id, with the intention of offering members with an extra supply of help and encouragement.
“At Ripple, ERGs are structured communities of individuals who share a certain part of their identity, whether it’s Black, LatinX, women or LGBTQ,” explains Safiya. “One of the things we do is provide a safe space to have those difficult conversations about what’s happening in the world. For the Black community, that can be around George Floyd’s murder and the ensuing protests around racial equality, or what it’s like to be a Black person at a global corporation.”
Black at Ripple and the opposite ERGs assist create an inclusive tradition at Ripple to encourage and help a various workforce that higher represents the true group the corporate is in. Safiya believes Ripple’s staff ought to holistically replicate what the human race seems like throughout the globe.
“What excites me about working at Ripple is that I get to work with people all around the world,” she says. “I’m seeing the impact of payments and finance in different places. The issues that different countries or cultures have when it comes to getting money in the hands of family and friends.”
That sense of on a regular basis pleasure is essential to Safiya. As a senior in school on the lookout for profession recommendation, she was suggested to “do what excites you the most”, an concept she additionally applies exterior of labor. Safiya changed her exercises on the observe with intense Yoga Sculpt courses, each as a scholar and teacher, whereas she additionally likes to prepare dinner.
“I like to eat more than I like to cook actually,” she laughs. “One of my favorite dishes is blueberry scone, which can be a semi-healthy breakfast food or more of a dessert if you want. It reminds me of home and blueberry picking as a kid with my grandmother.”
While she hasn’t had the chance to share her blueberry scones along with her Ripple colleagues recently, Safiya continues to be displaying up. Whether it’s a digital glad hour, networking occasion or taking a lead on inclusion, she is there with enthusiasm and inspiration.
“I show up because you just never know where it’ll take you,” she concludes. “You’ll also surprise yourself with your own sense of resilience and ability to get the job done once you’re actually there to do it.”
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