RPPforCS asked Katy Knight, Executive Director of the Siegel Family Endowment
“Researchers and practitioners are a particular kind of team diversity. How do you empower team members with different expertise to participate equitably on a team?”
Katy’s Response: I think it's important as a team leader to make a clear statement: We all bring immense value to the work, and we engage in a dialogue out of respect because hearing different view points matters. I encourage team members to pair up with someone when working on a project or grant, and we try to mix it up regularly to encourage fresh thinking. We create space for discussion and debate. One example is in our weekly team meetings: We have an open forum for people to bring grant ideas they are working on for critical feedback and questions from anyone; your grant can't go up for the next stage of approvals if you haven't brought it to a group conversation. We're not always aiming to come to consensus, and not everyone is a final decision-maker on every issue, but we will always hear each other out.
Katy Knight is Executive Director at Siegel Family Endowment, a foundation focused on understanding and shaping the impact of technology on society. Immediately prior to joining SFE, Katy worked on community engagement at Two Sigma, and before that at Google in public affairs. Prior to Google, she worked in non-profit, and in real estate marketing. Katy is a member of the advisory council of READ Alliance, and a board member of CSforALL.