Month: August 2016

Distinguished Diversity Professionals: Nominations

Diverse backgrounds drive diverse outlooks drive forward-thinking innovations. This is the belief of Tech Diversity Magazine, backed by study after study illustrating the positive correlation between diversity and business performance. Recognizing this, the tech industry as a whole has worked to instill a greater diversity in its ranks. Many have gone further, designating dedicated professionals to lead the effort towards closing the demographic gaps that only serve to slow progress down. The National Diversity Council seeks to honor these professionals tirelessly doing that important and necessary work.   Criteria A leader in his or her organization dedicated to diversity...

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Lean In or Opt Out

I have invested much of my life encouraging women to lead, to invest, to create companies, to contribute to the health of our economy and society. I have invested at least as much time teaching those in positions of power that empowering women makes economic, business, financial and social sense. At times it has felt like working against a strong undercurrent, but lately I feel the tides shifting. Women are leaning in and seeking positions of power with more force than ever before and a growing number of high profile leaders are also leaning into the global dialogue on...

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Diversity Data: A Deeper Look

The technology sector is growing at a rate 3 times faster than that of the rest of the private sector, as reported by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, and it is expected to host 1.8 million The The technology sector is growing at a rate 3 times faster than that of the rest of the private sector, as reported by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, and it is expected to host 1.8 million jobs by 2018. Yet, diversity in technology is crawling along, percentage point by precious percentage point, particularly in Silicon Valley, which is historically lacking...

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Apple Setting Pace for Tech Diversity

Flying with the theme of celebrating diversity, Apple released a new iPhone ad to air specifically for the Olympics that plays Maya Angelou’s ‘Human Family’ as backing to juxtaposing images of diverse peoples from every corner of the world. Apple has released its new diversity figures and the numbers are encouraging. The report shows that the Cupertino-based tech giant has completely closed the wage gap between men & women along with white & nonwhite employees. By digging into their compensation schedules from salaries to bonuses to stocks, Apple made sure to firmly tie role and performance into pay. Promisingly,...

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PayPal Releases Diversity Numbers

Yesterday, Silicon Valley star PayPal released data on its racial and gender demographics for the first time. This comes during a very recent trend of the biggest companies in Silicon Valley releasing the sort of diversity data that has revealed a glaring lack of women and minorities in the tech industry. To tackle that disparity, possessing clear and accurate information is the first step. In a blog post, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman explained, “These are numbers we will share annually because we know that transparency is essential to fostering constructive dialogue, action, and progress.” He went on, “Underlying all...

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