Rachel Song

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Pew Research Center

How Technology Can Help Close the Gender Gap

What is the experience of a woman in corporate America today? She probably hears a lot about diversity initiatives from the leadership of her company, but she probably has precious little to show it, save a smattering of diversity days, mentoring programs, employee advocacy groups, and other gender …

Gender

To Address Gender Bias at Your Company, Start with Teams

In the past decade organizations have invested significant resources to try to address the gender gap in senior management. But these efforts aren’t really working. Women account for just 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs and fewer than 15% of corporate executives at top companies worldwide. The only area …

Management

How Mindfulness Helped a Workplace Diversity Exercise

A couple of years ago I was invited to facilitate an offsite training for the diversity committee of a Fortune 500 company. In an era in which “diversity” has become a buzzword in the business world, the firm’s interest in the topic was both admirable and understandable. Research shows that having …

Mindfulness

“We Don’t Have To Explain That Tech Is Not Diverse”: Lessons From A Two-Decade Battle

GitHub’s VP of inclusion shares what she’s seen change in tech and what progress still needs to be made.<p>GitHub’s Nicole Sanchez has been busy for the last two decades working in the diversity space, more often than not explaining to seemingly deaf ears why it’s important for the technology industry …

Participation

New Diversity Chiefs Share Their Biggest Challenges

Companies like Airbnb and Autodesk have made headlines by hiring diversity chiefs. We talked to them about why this new position matters.<p>The tech industry is well aware of its diversity problem. Women, people of color, LGBT, veterans, people with disabilities, and other groups are vastly …

Tech Industry

Women coders do better than men in gender-blind study

Gender bias prevents female coders from being judged solely on their work. Their work might be great, but the fact that they're women makes it less desirable.<p>That's according to a new study published this week that looks at how gender bias plays out in software development.<p>A hot topic to be sure …

Computer Science

The Diversity Advantage

A study of 22,000 firms finds a link between having women in leadership roles and profitability.<p>The tech company Slack recently made headlines when its CEO sent four African American women to accept an award on his behalf. This was a radical move in the tech sector, which is as a whole decidedly …

Profit

Why Diversity In Hiring Is Only One Part Of The Puzzle

Hiring diverse employees is all for nothing if your culture isn’t inclusive enough to make them want to stay.<p>The conversation on corporate diversity is finally leading some companies to retool their recruiting processes. That’s important and laudable, but tends to miss out on one thing: What …

The Workplace

Why Diversity and Innovation Play a Role in Becoming a Great Tech Company

People in the tech world don’t just want to make something of their careers. They want to make something <i>new</i>. That’s why an innovative culture remains …

Employee Engagement

The Women’s March also should be a wake up call for the tech industry on diversity issues

Ramona Ortega Contributor<p>Ramona Ortega is the Founder of Mi Dinero Mi Futuro, a financial planning tech startup.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech<br>• Reg A + Gives Women And Minority Founders Access To Startup Capital<p>Discussions around a women’s …

Women of Color

A Silicon Valley Lifer Talks Diversity In Tech

“It’s really hard, isn’t it?”<p>It had been a year since I first talked to Freada Kapor Klein, the founder of the Level Playing Institute, investor, and …

Silicon Valley

Twitter's New Report: One Small Step for Diversity, One Giant Leap for Tech?

Twitter’s been under a lot of scrutiny lately, from questions about the long-term viability of its business model to disapproval of President-elect …

Social Media

Tech has joined the immigration ban resistance against Trump. Will it make a difference?

The tech industry is far from perfect when it comes to issues like economic and social justice.<p>Silicon Valley has long been accused of abusing the H1B visa process to bring in cheaper foreign engineers and programmers. It has benefited enthusiastically from cheaper manufacturing in China. Many of …

How tech companies are making their apps more accessible to the disabled

Last football season, Yahoo's Darren Burton did something he'd never done before: He commissioned a fantasy football league. That may not sound like …

Why Subtle Bias Is So Often Worse than Blatant Discrimination

Headlines today are filled with blatant examples of workplace bias, from employees who give black coworkers nooses, to pay disparities in soccer, to supervisors’ admonitions that women need to “get along with the boys.” These are obvious, inflammatory, and offensive behaviors that deserve vigorous …

Gender

Diversity Efforts Fall Short Unless Employees Feel That They Belong

Over the past decade, technology companies and their leaders have launched diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives, hoping to make employees of all backgrounds and experiences feel welcome in our industry.<p>We failed.<p>The data shows that, especially in the tech space, we have not moved the needle on …

Leadership

Diversity Policies Rarely Make Companies Fairer, and They Feel Threatening to White Men

U.S. companies spend millions annually on diversity programs and policies. Mission statements and recruitment materials touting companies’ commitment to diversity are ubiquitous. And many managers are tasked with the complex goal of “managing diversity” – which can mean anything from ensuring equal …

The Workplace

Has ‘Diversity’ Lost Its Meaning?

How does a word become so muddled that it loses much of its meaning? How does it go from communicating something idealistic to something cynical and suspect? If that word is ‘‘diversity,’’ the answer is: through a combination of overuse, imprecision, inertia and self-serving intentions.<p>Take the …

University of Michigan

Using People Data in Tech to Create Inclusive Companies

by Alexis Croswell<p>Tech companies depend on data to make decisions on processes and product improvements, but there’s another type of data that …

Leadership in Your Midst: Tapping the Hidden Strengths of Minority Executives

All companies value leadership—some of them enough to invest dearly in cultivating it. But few management teams seem to value one engine of leadership development that is right under their noses, churning out the kind of talent they need most. We’re referring to the deeply substantive outside lives …

Leadership

Fear of Being Different Stifles Talent

Diversity is a near-universal value in corporate America, but the upper tiers of management remain stubbornly homogeneous. Consider Fortune 500 CEOs: Only 23 are female, just six are black, and none are openly gay. Why so few gains at the top? We believe that one factor is a phenomenon sociologists …

3 Ways to Make Less Biased Decisions

Unconscious bias – judgments and behaviors toward others that we’re not aware of – is everywhere in our lives. And while this type of bias may seem less dangerous in the workplace than it may be on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., or in a courtroom, it still leads to racial injustice.<p>In March 2013, a …

Management

Making Differences Matter: A New Paradigm for Managing Diversity

Why should companies concern themselves with diversity? Until recently, many managers answered this question with the assertion that discrimination is wrong, both legally and morally. But today managers are voicing a second notion as well. A more diverse workforce, they say, will increase …

Management

Why Your Diversity Program May Be Helping Women but Not Minorities (or Vice Versa)

When it comes to issues of race, gender, and diversity in organizations, researchers have revealed the problems in ever more detail. We have found a lot less to say about what <i>does</i> work — what organizations can do to create the conditions in which stigmatized groups can reach their potential and …

Diversity

Why Diversity Programs Fail

Businesses started caring a lot more about diversity after a series of high-profile lawsuits rocked the financial industry. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Morgan Stanley shelled out $54 million—and Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch more than $100 million each—to settle sex discrimination claims. …

Human Resources

San Francisco rejects 'tech tax' plan to require firms to back housing programs

Plan would have imposed 1.5% payroll tax on companies such as Uber, Google and Airbnb, which generate more than $1m in revenues yearly<p>San Francisco has voted against a proposal known as the “tech tax” which would have forced the area’s biggest technology firms to fund initiatives to provide …

San Francisco