Blue Level was founded in 2018 following the #metoo movement when Karine Bah Tahé, its founder, felt there was a need for much better training. Growing up while facing racism, colorism, ageism, sexism, etc., Karine was always passionate about fairness and making the world a better place. "In 2017, when looking at the data, I saw that way too many people were harmed by sexual harassment which meant a lack of impactful education. I had to do something that would prevent, interrupt, and mitigate harassment, sexism, racism, and the other isms”. The research on DEI and harassment prevention training showed numerous missing parts to ensure good retention and application of critical concepts. She, therefore, built a training company that would allow everyone to easily understand the nuances of non-inclusive behaviors so that they can positively impact their workplace.
The name Blue Level came from Karine’s passion for scuba diving. After a difficult childhood, Karine took all she had saved to travel to Australia at 18 and scuba-dived for the first time. “I realized that there was another world that I was unaware of with so much to learn from. We think we know everything but there is so much we don't know. Of course, I knew of the ocean, but I had to go in it and experience it, to truly understand the immensity of it and how interdependent we all are. Through our training, I want to bring people to places they never experienced and see things they never realized existed. I want them to realize how biased actions impact their peers and communities and support structural discrimination. By experiencing other realities through training, we can understand how we can be part of the solution. I want to immerse people in the ocean of DEI knowledge they were deprived of, in the Blue Level.”