Our story

The Herstory of WORK180

Gemma Lloyd spent the first decade of her tech career dealing with regular sexism and discrimination. Meanwhile, Valeria Ignatieva was struggling to find a workplace that would offer the flexibility she needed as a single parent to a son with a disability.

They knew they weren’t the only ones feeling unwelcome in the working world. But they also knew there were employers out there that would value and nurture their talents — they just needed a way to find them! And so, in 2015, they created WORK180 (formerly Diverse City Careers).

Today, WORK180 is trusted by millions of women around the world. Our endorsement is synonymous with employers committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we keep them all accountable. We’ve caught the attention of the likes of Vogue, ABC and the Financial Times. We’re also backed by investors, including Startmate, Skip Capital, Ashpeak Investments, Investible, Giant Leap and Blackbird VC.

Our global team is growing and big brands are on board, but our mission will always remain the same: To raise organizational standards so that all women can choose workplaces where they can thrive.

After spending years working in tech boys clubs, I wanted to create a platform where women could go and find employers that genuinely wanted them there. Six years on, WORK180 is so much more and I’m incredibly proud of the change our team is driving.

Gemma Lloyd
Co-founder and CEO of WORK180

Gemma and Valeria smiling in WORK180 tshirts

Our impact

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The percentage of employers that have met our endorsement standards in 2021

The number of employees we’ve helped through improved policies this year

The number of years it will take to close the gender pay gap, according to the World Economic Forum

“We partnered with WORK180 to show that we absolutely do care about diversity and we are trying to make a change, and we are openly addressing the issues of under-representation that we know we have in some areas.

Neil Harvey
Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition Manager at LV=General Insurance 

The WORK180 DEI Board

WORK180 challenges employers to do better when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our esteemed DEI Board is tasked with challenging us.

Andréa Long

Andréa Long

Senior Manager, Global Employer Brand & Recruitment Marketing, DoorDash

Andréa is a Bay Area native, UC Davis alumna, and the founder of Swag by Asayo and Firewood Events. She is an entrepreneur and DEI thought leader.

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Andréa works on DEI initiatives for top tech companies including DoorDash, Twilio, Lyft, and Rakuten. She has spoken at high profile global events, including AfroTech x Kapor Center in Oakland and CA and SaaStock in Dublin.

Aaron Limonthas

Aaron Limonthas

Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Shipt

Leading DEI across tech, retail, consumer goods, and telecommunications, Aaron is a highly respected diversity and inclusion strategist and practitioner.

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Known for his strategic yet hands-on operational approach to DEI leadership, Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge to the WORK180 DEI Board. His experience includes leading DEI teams at Reebok, Adidas, and Dropbox.

Sheree Atcheson

Sheree Atcheson

Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Valtech

Author of “Demanding More”, Sheree is a multi-award winning DEI professional and is recognized as one of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech.

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Sheree is a global DEI Senior Executive; Advisory Board Member for Women Who Code; and Forbes contributor. She has featured in high profile publications, from BBC to FastCompany, and is a sought after speaker for events around the world.

Asif Sadiq MBE

Asif Sadiq MBE

Senior Vice President and Head of Equity and Inclusion International, Warner Media

Asif is listed as one of the Most Influential Global Diversity and Inclusion Leaders by Hive Learning and the CIPD’s Top 20 Power List.

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As SVP of E&I International at Warner Media, Asif works on globally driving the agenda around diversity. He has held senior executive roles at Adidas, The Telegraph, and EY Financial Services, and was honored with an MBE from the Queen in 2017.

Andréa is a Bay Area native, UC Davis alumna, and the founder of Swag by Asayo and Firewood Events. She is an entrepreneur and DEI thought leader.

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Andréa works on DEI initiatives for top tech companies including DoorDash, Twilio, Lyft, and Rakuten. She has spoken at high profile global events, including AfroTech x Kapor Center in Oakland and CA and SaaStock in Dublin.

Leading DEI across tech, retail, consumer goods, and telecommunications, Aaron is a highly respected diversity and inclusion strategist and practitioner.

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Known for his strategic yet hands-on operational approach to DEI leadership, Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge to the WORK180 DEI Board. His experience includes leading DEI teams at Reebok, Adidas, and Dropbox.

Author of “Demanding More”, Sheree is a multi-award winning DEI professional and is recognized as one of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech.

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Sheree is a global DEI Senior Executive; Advisory Board Member for Women Who Code; and Forbes contributor. She has featured in high profile publications, from BBC to FastCompany, and is a sought after speaker for events around the world.

Asif is listed as one of the Most Influential Global Diversity and Inclusion Leaders by Hive Learning and the CIPD’s Top 20 Power List.

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As SVP of E&I International at Warner Media, Asif works on globally driving the agenda around diversity. He has held senior executive roles at Adidas, The Telegraph, and EY Financial Services, and was honored with an MBE from the Queen in 2017.

DEI at WORK180

We lead by example, which means we’re dedicated to nurturing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive team. This doesn’t mean we’re perfect, but we’re fiercely committed to progress. 

  • Just like the employers we endorse, you can see the benefits and policies we offer on the WORK180 page of our transparent job board
  • We use monthly employee engagement surveys and regular feedback to review and refine the way we work.
  • We’re guided by our DEI board, whose expert advice and insights help shape our approach
  • We track and measure our progress in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals using our Gender Equity Index

Quantifying a company’s current DEI efforts, our Gender Equity Index provides an overall score that can be used to measure and track progress. Our current score on the Gender Equity Index is 69 / 100. This puts us in the top 10% of all Endorsed Employers in 2021.

WORK180’s values empower our team to drive diversity, equity, and inclusion at every opportunity.

LEAD WITH EMPATHY

RAISE THE
BAR

DO IT WITH
GRIT

BE YOUR OWN BOSS

TRUST IN TRANSPARENCY

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