At Wisk, one of our core values is to ‘Bring People In.’ This means seeking out and embracing people from diverse backgrounds to not only design an aircraft that is built for everyone, but to also create a workplace that is equitable and open for all. Inclusivity is about embracing different identities and ideas, histories and hopes. It doesn’t just apply to people who work at Wisk, but to everyone who will fly with us in the future.
Recruiting is an important step in building an inclusive culture. Diana Bourcier, Wisk’s Head of People Operations, believes that being proactively inclusive is more important than ever. In her own words, inclusion means “casting a net for new talent that goes beyond the obvious.” Under Diana’s leadership, we are making a concentrated effort to reach potential talents from all backgrounds, experiences, industries, and more. In order to change the future of transportation, our workforce needs to reflect the diverse consumer base that we are going to support when we go to market.
Once new hires officially join the team, the first person they meet is People Generalist, Dudley Duberry. As orientation leader, he is the first point of contact for employee questions, and is the most visible champion of Wisk’s open and engaging work culture. His passion is people, and he ensures that everyone feels welcome here. In his own words, “My goal is to help Wisk create a world-class working environment with a highly engaged culture. We have a product that could change the way people view transportation and this product will only be stronger with a diversity of perspectives.”
Inclusivity doesn’t stop after the hiring process. Once embedded on the team, members of the Wisk community can find like-minded individuals who share their interests through several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Our ERGs are grown and developed organically—created and led by team members who are passionate about their group’s mission. Our groups include Pride at Wisk, Women at Wisk, and Wisk Veterans, among others.
Sydney Williams, Wisk’s Creative Director, notes that “I feel absolutely comfortable at Wisk, and it is a relief that I don’t have to spend my energy editing my interactions with people. I feel that the more points of view and experience that people can bring to the table, the better off the decision making is.”
Wisk released its 6th generation aircraft earlier this month. Someday soon Wisk aircraft will be flying passengers all over the world, and an important part of inclusivity is accessibility.
With this in mind, Wisk has intentionally built our aircraft to specifications that are both accessible to those with different abilities and welcoming to people of all experiences, shapes, and sizes.
Uri Tzarnotzky is the Director of Product Design at Wisk, and he has made it his mission to put people at the center of everything we do. According to Uri, good product design “injects humans, emotions, and empathy into product development to create useful and intuitive products and services that excite people, make them feel safe, and inspire confidence.”
When asked what he likes about working at Wisk, he concluded, “I am grateful to have arrived at a place where I am surrounded by extraordinary people who are all aligned in focus, vision, and motivation to contribute to a human-centered product.”