By Nicole Gull McElroy
In the short time I’ve been working on Business X Design here at Fortune, a handful of themes continue to come up in conversation: authenticity, empathy, innovation, accessibility, and equity. Designers, design leaders, and CEOs are all considering how to balance the design practices in their organizations within the contexts of these subjects, and the nuances that come along with them. While there aren't a lot of numbers reported in terms of equity, and vary on who you ask, it's clear there's plenty of work to do: The 2019 AIGA Design Census reported that only 3% of designers are Black. So I asked Black designers to share their thoughts and experiences, each in their own voice, on how an industry with so much opportunity and innovation can leverage its inherent strengths to foster, support, and grow good design talent in the Black community.