- Nilka Thomas is vice president of talent and inclusion at Lyft.
- Thomas’ day starts at 6 a.m. and involves onboarding new Lyft employees, planning ways to improve the company’s diversity practices, and making time for family after she leaves work.
- Thomas walked us through a typical day for her.
Nilka Thomas, Lyft’s vice president of talent and inclusion, has a busy day.
Working out of the rideshare company’s San Francisco office, Thomas oversees recruiting, employee relations, and diversity at Lyft.
That means onboarding new Lyft employees, educating workers on how to create a more inclusive work environment, and making sure Lyft’s hiring and promotion practices are in line with the company’s goal of a diverse workplace.
Thomas joined Lyft in 2018 and recently celebrated her anniversary at the company.
"It’s a pretty big job and a lot of responsibility," she told Business Insider. "But I’m leaning in and loving it."
Here’s what a day in Thomas’ life looks like.
Thomas wakes up around 6 a.m. — an hour before her 18-month-old daughter Ophelia. She checks a few emails, takes a shower, and then she spends time with Ophelia until her nanny arrives. "The mornings tend to very much revolve around her," Thomas said.
Thomas lives close to Lyft’s office in downtown San Francisco, so she’s able to walk or take a public Ford GoBike to work each morning for a commute of 15 to 20 minutes.
Thomas is at her desk, "coffee in hand," by 8:30 a.m. But she spends hardly any time sitting down — she’s in meetings and working face-to-face with coworkers for much of the day, she said.
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