Lillian Forsyth
Co-Founder & CEO

I grew up in St. Louis, MO, one of the most racially segregated cities in the US. I went to private high school in the suburbs, a place where some white students refused to attend the school’s mandatory diversity training. History books taught me that racial inequities were resolved in the 1960s, but experiences showed me otherwise. This set me on a path to relearn history, recognize my privilege, and interrogate my biases…

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Ernesto Benitez
Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor

I came to the U.S. in 2005 on a mission: stay for 2-3 years, make money, and return to where I came from. I knew it was going to be hard because I didn’t understand the culture or language yet, but I thought my creativity and my capacity for labor would be enough to achieve my goals. It turned out to be more challenging than I expected. There was a subtle but pervasive force at work in the US that I had seen before, but never in such a systemic way. It was the constant messaging that people of color are inferior, the consistent dominance of white people in positions of power, and the impact these things had on people of color’s ability to rise in society. As I noticed these impacts, I became more curious about injustice and how to change it.

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