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Tech folk, should we announce and celebrate promotions? Something to consider:

There are lots of good reasons why we should (or should not) announce promotions. Without re-litigating the discussion, I'd like us to consider one angle that I don't hear discussed nearly enough...
First a question:
Pick your favorite product area at a large tech company. Being promoted to L6 on the IC SWE ladder is a huge accomplishment.

Do you think that any majority men (Asian, White) attained this achievement in the previous performance review cycle?

Almost certainly.
Now another question:
Do you think that any black women were promoted to L6 on the IC SWE ladder in that same product area?
Why is this important?

Because if you work at Google / Amazon / Facebook / Microsoft , one of the top drivers of "regretted attrition of under-represented folk" (aka great employees leaving), is perceived impossibility of advancement for people like them.
Notice I said "perceived." This perception is formed in part by reality, but in part by ...punchline...

Lack of knowledge of folk like them succeeding in their own PA.

You can increase retention just by reducing the gap between perception and reality of advancement for URMs.
For example, if you work at a large company in Mountain View, I've probably helped you with retention in your PA. Just by telling someone that was about to leave your team / org / PA / company, about someone else in your PA that looks like them, and was promoted.

You're welcome!
Engineers hate impossible tasks. No one wants to work on faster-than-light travel, or an entropy reversal machine.

But engineers _love_ really, really, hard challenges. We want to go to Mars, solve world hunger, build artificial general intelligence, etc.
Don't make advancement for URMs in your company seem harder than it already is by hiding the fact that URMs actually do get promoted.

Don't rely on some random, busy dude 🙋🏿‍♂️ having a personal relationship with the high performing URMs in your team to help your retention numbers.
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