14 Nov ‘The pipeline’ isn’t causing tech’s diversity problem: The workplace is, and here are 3 ways to fix it
For tech organizations trying to diversify, there’s an obvious go-to: invest in a more diverse pipeline.
“For me, and I think for many, many, many companies, the pipeline problem feels easier because it’s outside you,” said Moz CEO Sarah Bird at a panel on diversity in tech at the 2017 GeekWire Summit.
But working on a diverse pipeline is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to improving diversity in tech.
“I think the hardest work of inclusion is inside your own company, and your own teams and between humans,” said Bird. “How do you have highly functional, collaborative conversations about race, about sexism, about how you treat people? That’s really, really hard work.”
Indeed, the discussion around diversity and inclusion is a tough one, and many top tech leaders are struggling at how to best address the complexities.
Just this weekend, Apple’s VP of Diversity & Inclusion, Denise Young Smith, apologized for remarks she made at a conference in Columbia in which she said “there can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.”