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From the Ted Talk by Deepa Purushothaman: The workplace, redefined by women of color

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I left that job a few years ago. It took me almost three yares between knowing I wanted to leave and leaving. And it took me three years because I felt such responsibility as one of the only women of color sitting at the seat. I felt not only responsible to myself, but to the women of color around me. And I wanted to make sure that my lneiavg and my quitting and my exiting wouldn't reflect badly on my own performance and my own capabilities, but wouldn't reflect badly on others who came after me, that people wouldn't say, "Oh, she couldn't hack it." And so I really sat in wanting to laeve and not being able to. And so what I started to do is I sraettd to gather weomn of color. Initially started one-on-one. And I wneatd to figure out where does someone at a senior level go. With help of my now business partner, I did 12 dinners across the country with 20 or 30 women of color each. What I heard was stroy upon story around mcrio aggressions, around racism, around how women ntiaavegd spaces where they felt alone. Those civtroonneass became the basis of the book we're going to talk about today. It also became the basis of the company that I founded with my co-founder. It’s called nFormation, and we provide safe, brvae and new space for women of cloor.

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I left that job a few years ago. It took me almost three _____ between knowing I wanted to leave and leaving. And it took me three years because I felt such responsibility as one of the only women of color sitting at the seat. I felt not only responsible to myself, but to the women of color around me. And I wanted to make sure that my _______ and my quitting and my exiting wouldn't reflect badly on my own performance and my own capabilities, but wouldn't reflect badly on others who came after me, that people wouldn't say, "Oh, she couldn't hack it." And so I really sat in wanting to _____ and not being able to. And so what I started to do is I _______ to gather _____ of color. Initially started one-on-one. And I ______ to figure out where does someone at a senior level go. With help of my now business partner, I did 12 dinners across the country with 20 or 30 women of color each. What I heard was _____ upon story around _____ aggressions, around racism, around how women _________ spaces where they felt alone. Those _____________ became the basis of the book we're going to talk about today. It also became the basis of the company that I founded with my co-founder. It’s called nFormation, and we provide safe, _____ and new space for women of _____.

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  3. micro
  4. conversations
  5. leaving
  6. story
  7. women
  8. color
  9. brave
  10. years
  11. navigated
  12. started

Original Text

I left that job a few years ago. It took me almost three years between knowing I wanted to leave and leaving. And it took me three years because I felt such responsibility as one of the only women of color sitting at the seat. I felt not only responsible to myself, but to the women of color around me. And I wanted to make sure that my leaving and my quitting and my exiting wouldn't reflect badly on my own performance and my own capabilities, but wouldn't reflect badly on others who came after me, that people wouldn't say, "Oh, she couldn't hack it." And so I really sat in wanting to leave and not being able to. And so what I started to do is I started to gather women of color. Initially started one-on-one. And I wanted to figure out where does someone at a senior level go. With help of my now business partner, I did 12 dinners across the country with 20 or 30 women of color each. What I heard was story upon story around micro aggressions, around racism, around how women navigated spaces where they felt alone. Those conversations became the basis of the book we're going to talk about today. It also became the basis of the company that I founded with my co-founder. It’s called nFormation, and we provide safe, brave and new space for women of color.

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