Diversity and Inclusion in Technology

It's no secret that the tech industry is not as diverse and inclusive as most of us would like. To go beyond just acknowledging this issue, Techstars and Chase Bank wanted to explore what startups ARE doing and are NOT doing to address the issue.

Diversity and Inclusion in Technology

It's no secret that the tech industry is not as diverse and inclusive as most of us would like. To go beyond just acknowledging this issue, Techstars and Chase Bank wanted to explore what startups ARE doing and are NOT doing to address the issue.
Are you a Planner, Builder or Leader?
How To Become a Diversity Leader
When it comes to leadership in diversity, founders fall into one of three categories: Planner, Builder or Leader.
While 72% of startup founders state that diversity is important to them, only 12% qualify as leaders. Diversity is important to founders, but it is difficult to make it a reality.
What steps do you need to take to become a Diversity Leader?
Diversity Leaders take specific steps in five areas to create an inclusive environment:
1
Mentoring and Advising
2
Hiring Practices
3
Professional Development
4
Pay and Performance
5
Flexible Benefits
Planner
Builder
Leader
One in ten startups are tech Diversity Leaders.
Among the survey respondents, 12% are Diversity Leaders who employ five or more computing professionals who are minorities or women. The majority (56%) are Diversity Builders employing one to four diverse engineers, programmers and developers. One-third (33%) of startups are Diversity Planners and have not yet hired tech employees who are women or underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities.
The Quick List: 7 Steps to Build Diversity
1
Standardize the interview process.
2
Recruit in nontraditional venues.
3
Provide mentoring, training and development.
4
Offer parental leave and leave of absence.
5
Audit jobs for pay equity.
6
Define measurable steps for promotion.
7
Examine evaluations and assignments for bias.
Learn about specific ways you can become a Diversity Leader and resources that will help you along the way.
Mentoring & Advising
Hiring
Practices
Professional Development
Pay and Performance
Flexible
Benefits
Featuring resources from NCWIT and more!
National Center for Women & Information Technology

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