Our Mission

BIN

 

To improve hiring, retention, career advancement, professional development and social impact for underserved communities.

Black Excellence Summit

In 2020, Upwork’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging and Black Initiative Network (BIN) hosted the company’s first annual Black Excellence Summit (BES). BES is a one-day professional development retreat for Upwork employees who identify as Black and/or African American. Hosted in the city of Chicago, this summit focused on three key themes: authenticity, growth, and resilience.

What We Do

 

Events

We're always getting the Upwork community involved with the Black Initiative Network through fun events celebrating Black history, from our Juneteenth celebration to Black History Month. We also have social events for the group to build a shared community and safe space so everyone feels supported.

Events
Professional Development

 

Professional Development

Our group is committed to helping our members with their professional development, so we attend conferences like AfroTech, organize networking events, and partner with Black ERGs from other organizations to enable our members to grow their circles.

 

 

Community Outreach

We want to empower not only our employees, but people outside the Upwork community, so we do outreach, speaking at high schools, mentoring students, and helping them with their interviewing skills. 

Community Outreach

Our Employee Leaders

Justin Imo

Justin Imo

Branding and Communications Lead

Mbaye Niane

Mbaye Niane

Membership and Engagement Lead

 

Sara George

Sara George

Events Lead

Tasha Copeland

Tasha Copeland

Secretary

Patrick Diamitani

Patrick Diamitani

Treasurer

Our Executive Sponsors

Marc Hosein

Marc Hosein

Senior Director, Business Development

Brian Kinion

Brian Kinion

Chief Financial Officer

Upwork's company mission is to create economic opportunities so people have better lives.  Our Black Initiative Network's mission is to improve hiring, retention, career advancement, professional development and social impact for one of our underserved communities. Achieving BIN’s mission will help us achieve Upwork’s mission, enabling us to better serve our customers while growing our business and helping our community. 

We strive to be one of the first companies to truly model the Future of Work, which must include diversity, inclusion, and belonging. In short, Upwork’s Black Initiative Network will enable the Future of Work and we need your help!

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