Black at Ripple’s Safiya Walker on the Importance of Inclusion and Always Showing Up

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“The most important lesson I learned was the power of showing up.”

Safiya Walker reflects on her time running track at Brown University and the sense of responsibility she felt toward her teammates, coaches and the family, friends and fellow students who supported her throughout 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 business development team in 2019, Safiya has given her all in both her Business Development Associate role and by becoming a champion of inclusion across the business. In June 2020, she helped found Ripple’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce in response to the civil unrest taking place in the United States. She later went on to establish Black at Ripple, an Employee Resource Group (ERG) based on a shared identity, with the aim of providing members with an additional source of support 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 other ERGs help create an inclusive culture at Ripple to encourage and support a diverse workforce that better represents the true community the company is in. Safiya believes Ripple’s employees should holistically reflect what the ...

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