Remote Networking as a Person of Color

by Laura Morgan Roberts and Anthony J. Mayo

In remote work situations, where people cannot rely on impromptu elevator conversations or watercooler chats with coworkers, the answer isn’t to turn inward. In fact, the need for networking is even more important. Both external and internal networking can provide energizing social connections, firm and industry insight, personal affirmation, social support, and access to career opportunities. In particular, our interactions with people whose backgrounds and perspectives differ from our own help us to become smarter, more creative, and better equipped to solve difficult problems.

Building relationships across difference does not come naturally or automatically. ...

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