Welcome to our December edition of Diversity at The Dude. With this series, we aim to amplify diverse voices within our company by sharing personal stories, experiences and perspectives, while championing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
This month, meet Billy Terhune, Account Executive for Public K-12 Education.
I grew up in the small town of Sanford, NC with my Korean mother and Caucasian father. My college years were spent at a small Bible college before receiving a business degree at UNC Greensboro. I joined Dude Solutions in 2017 and am now an Account Executive for Public K-12 Education clients on the West Coast and a member of Hues of Dude employee resource group.
Coming from a diverse background, I’ve had the opportunity to gain insight into a lot of different perspectives, leading me to decide the person I wanted to be. In entering the technology arena, I quickly realized there was a lack of Asian and BIPOC representation. Though I have had experience with this growing up as a minority, I realized I could play a part in that change. To me, inclusion means education, the sharing of perspectives and personal experiences, and providing a community to assist in creating a better world.
Being involved at The Dude has allowed me to establish the person I want to be and solidify my stances on cultural issues. Noticing diversity issues initially, I knew I wanted to become a part of a community aimed at the betterment and empowerment of minority groups.
Hues of Dude has a vision of the advancement of BIPOC. Through our initiatives, we hope to inspire the diversifying of the technology field while creating an environment where everyone feels welcome and has opportunities for growth – personally and professionally.
Educate yourself. Attend speaker series, lunch & learns, read a book or article. We have an endless number of resources at our disposal, so take the initiative and start forming your own opinions.
Listen to other people’s viewpoints and experiences to gain perspective. Regardless of where you stand on any spectrum, when it comes to looking at how you act, interact, your character; if you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, I am sure your views will be impacted.
Finally, do your part. Working together is the only way we can truly make a difference.
Technology is the future, and it often goes beyond just a job. Technological advancement helps people, provides services, simplifies day-to-day operations and so much more. Take a minute, no matter what position or company you are aspiring to join, to think about: Why do I wake up every day? Will this job/company culture/work-life balance be fulfilling? Does it give back to the community or provide a bigger purpose? Simple reflections like this can make all the difference.