News

Keep current on the latest news stories related to diversity and inclusion in tech and beyond.

April, 2019

AI’s white guy problem isn’t going away. A new report says current initiatives to fix the field’s diversity crisis are too narrow and shallow to be effective. (MIT Tech Review, 4/17/19)

“Blacks Who Design” Directory Seeks to Increase Visibility. Diversity in TechThe directory Blacks Who Design launched with the contact and skills information of more than 130 black designers and has since added dozens more (4Washington, 4/17/19)

Ellen Pao on how to make tech more diverse. Article outlines strategies for diversifying the tech industry. (BBC, 4/11/19)

Bounce business incubator gets deal with diversity rider. Bounce executives will give annual updates “related to racial, ethnic and gender diversity of Bounce’s clients and outreach efforts so that the city of Akron can hold Bounce accountable.” (Akron Business Journal, 4/8/19)

Sexual Harassment in Tech Is Real. But Is It Rampant? Article explores other industries where women experience sexual harassment at a higher rate than in tech that are often overlooked. (The Stranger, 4/8/19) 

Google’s 2019 Diversity Report Reveals More Progress Must Be Made. Article synthesizes Google’s report on 2018 demographic data. (Forbes, 4/7/19)

More Than 150 Companies Are Hoping This Woman Can Fix Their Diversity Problems. Article highlights Leanne Pittsford and her plans to take Lesbians Who Tech to the next level. (Inc., 4/5/19)

March, 2019

Twitter Detroit photo shows lack of diversity in tech, social media says. Twitter is being criticized once again for its lack of diversity, and this time the critiques are coming at the social media company’s Detroit office because of a photo posted to its Twitter account. (Houston Chronicle, 3/28/19)

New York tech’s slog to diversity. Tech companies are still having a hard time diversifying their offices. (City and State New York, 3/22/19)

Diversity and inclusion technology tools on the rise. Article offers an overview of tools that support diversity and inclusion strategies (CIO, 3/22/19).

Half of women in tech say diversity is not a company priority. Women in technology have claimed diversity is still not a focus for their company in a majority of cases, according to research (ComputerWeekly, 3/22/19)

Kapor Center Launches a $1M Grant Competition for Tech Diversity. Recently, the Kapor Center announced the launch of the Tech Done Right Challenge, a $1M national grant competition to enhance diversity in the technology sector. (Black Enterprise, 4/21/19) 

Diversity In Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges To Address The Pipeline Issue. Unusual Ventures will launch Unusual to increase the number of black students working in technical internships by connecting students from HBCUs with high-growth Silicon Valley startups. (Forbes, 3/13/19)

FEBRUARY, 2019

Untapped Opportunity: Minority Founders Still Being Overlooked. Article highlights a recent study conducted jointly by RateMyInvestor and DiversityVC that finds that most venture-backed startups are “still overwhelmingly white, male, Ivy League-educated and based in Silicon Valley.” (Crunchbase News, 2/27/19).

Women In Fintech: Reshaping The Industry For The Underrepresented. Madhvi Mavadiy speaks to women about their experience working in the fintech industry, gender-related obstacles and their role models. (Forbes, 2/28/19)

Diversity and Inclusion: A Tech Story. Yoram Yaacovi, former General Manager of the Microsoft Israel Research & Development center, discusses inclusion for minorities and unprivileged populations in a hi-tech is littered with obstacles. (Forbes, 2/27/19)

If Diversity Is So Good, Why Have Homogeneous Companies Done So Well? Paolo Gaudiano explains why the inclusive enterprise will drive the next corporate and economic revolution. (Forbes, 2/25/19)

Why Companies Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Treat Their Diversity Numbers as Trade Secrets. Article argues that companies’ argument to protect their diversity information as a trade secrets may ultimately harm diverse talent, hinder transparency and accountability, and limit the potential of diversity efforts to advance workplace equity. (Forbes, 2/15/19)

Technology alone won’t solve your company’s diversity problems. Article explains the importance of creating buy-in from your team before you buy a suite of tech solutions if you’re serious about enhancing diversity and inclusion within your organization. (Fast Company, 2/5/19)

Emerging Technologies Need Diversity: Innovative Women in AI / Blockchain to Follow in 2019. Sandra Ponce deLeon explain how Humans For AI wants to demystify AI to enable and empower the workforce of the future to be AI-savvy. (Forbes, 2/3/19)

JANUARY, 2019

Ofcom research reveals tech advancements have disadvantages for disabled people. People with disabilities are being left behind by the technology industry, according to Ofcom’s 2019 Access and Inclusion research report. (Ofcom, 1/16/18)

Google workers push tech giants to end forced arbitration. In a sign of what 2019 may have in store for big tech, Google workers on Tuesday kicked off a campaign demanding a complete end to the practice of forced arbitration. (Fox News, 1/15/18)

Diversity dilemma: Here’s what women in technology need to do. Article addresses how tech and other companies gravitate to “people like oneself” and offers strategies for overcoming this. (People Matters, 1/15/19)

Tech Talent Charter: Tackling gender diversity in tech through collaboration. The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) launched its inaugural benchmarking report, tracking gender diversity in technology roles across the UK. (Information Age, 1/15/19)

Gender diversity is still a huge problem in the UK’s tech sector, report states. The UK’s tech sector is still failing to hire women into technological roles, a new report from an industry charter has claimed. (Metro, 1/15/19)

Priyanka Chopra Talks Becoming a Tech Investor and Boosting Diversity in the Industry. Interview with Priyanka Chopra about her favorite apps from which aspiring coders and tech entrepreneurs can gain inspiration and other interests. (Teen Vouge, 1/11/19)

The tech talent is rumbling in Silicon Valley. Article recounts tech culture and workforce from the 1980s to the present day. (LA Times, 1/2/19)

Kaspersky Lab champions gender equality and digital child safety. Kaspersky Lab report highlights gender equality in the technology industry and child education about digital security. (Computer Weekly, 1/2/19)

House Democrats to push for more diversity in top corporate ranks. California Democrat Maxine Waters, the first woman and first African-American to chair the House Financial Services Committee, is planning to use her new power to push for more women and minorities in the top ranks of corporate America. (Politico, 1/1/19)

DECEMBER, 2018

Diversity in Tech: Make School Bachelor’s Program with Dominican Accredited. Make School, a postsecondary educational program created by two 20-something techies, is now offering an industry-driven, project-oriented bachelor’s degree in partnership with Dominican University of California that students can complete in two years – and don’t have to start paying for until they graduate and secure a job that pays at least $60,000 a year. (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 12/28/18)

Top 10 women in tech and diversity in tech stories of 2018. Computer Weekly takes a look at some of the defining moments for women and diversity in the technology industry in 2018 (Computer Weekly, 12/24/18)

Boost Tech Team Diversity: Six Methods For Broadening Hiring Practices. Forbes spoke with six members of Forbs Technology Council for insight on creating more diversity in tech teams. (Forbes, 12/27/18)

Smashing Boxes: Creating a diverse and inclusive culture. Joan Yabani, executive administrator and outreach support manager at Smashing Boxes who leads the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, shares steps to tackle culture. (WRAL Tech Wire, 12/27/18)

8 disruptors weigh in on how to fix tech’s diversity problem. Article summarizes some of the things that TNW learned in 2018 on how to build a diverse and inclusive future. (TNW, 12/26/18)

Why SAP supports Lesbians Who Tech. Tanja Kaufmann, a Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion at software giant SAP, on why the company wants to smash glass ceilings in the tech industry. (Gay Star Business, 12/17/18)

Black CEOs Join Pledge For Workplace Diversity, Inclusion. As issues centered around race, gender and sexuality continue to impact America’s social, cultural, and legal landscape, Black chief executives have joined peers nationwide in taking a formal pledge: they’re vowing to make their workplaces more diverse, inclusive and trusting places. (Essence, 12/11/18)

Advancing Women In Technology Organizations. Jeremy Legg shares three key steps to improve diversity and inclusion throughout tech. (Forbes, 12/11/18)

The Importance Of Visibility In Solving For Diversity In Tech. Julie Elberfeld offers three strategies leaders can deploy to support diverse technologists. (Forbes, 12/12/18)

Why CIOs can have a huge influence on increasing diversity in tech. Instead of IT leaders waiting for their business to make sweeping changes, supporting diversity in tech, they can inspire change themselves. (Information Age, 12/12/18)

Q&A with Diversity VC’s Check Warner on newly launched Diversity & Inclusion guide for tech companies. Diversity VC and Atomico have teamed to launch a practical and hands-on guide for ambitious technology entrepreneurs to help them build companies that have diversity and inclusion at their core. (Tech Crunch, 12/10/18)

Gender Diversity Is Urgently Needed Say Prominent Women In Technology. Noel Sharkey asks eight prominent women in the sector, 1) Why is gender diversity important in the tech community?, and 2) What can be done to create a better gender balance? (Forbes, 12/8/18)

Slack co-founder calls out tech world on racism issues. Article highlights Cal Henderson and other who speak out against discrimination throughout tech. (Yahoo Finance, 12/5/18)

Facebook Offers a Million-Dollar Solution to Fix Its ‘Black People Problem’. In response to allegations that Facebook is not an inclusive environment for many Black people, the company, last valued at $138 billion, invested $1M in CodePath.org, a nonprofit that provides computer science education to female and minority students at universities around the country. (The Root, 12/4/18)

$7 billion Slack is lagging on a key sexual harassment policy. Slack has been at the forefront of elevating women, but indecisive about ending its own practice of forced arbitration. (Yahoo Finance, 12/4/18)

Can technology improve diversity in hiring? Article addresses AI programs and Big Data can help select an ideal person to fill a position, and reduce biases of recruiters. (CedarRepublican.com,12/3/18)

Europe’s tech startups suffer from ‘diversity debt’, survey finds. Study by investment firm finds 85% of funding deals are made with all-male founding teams. (The Gaurdian, 12/4/18)

Slack co-founder blasts tech world over diversity problem. Slack’s co-founder, Cal Henderson, says non-diverse tech companies sound like a ‘terrible place to work.’ Yahoo Finance’s Melody Hahm speaks with Alexis Christoforous about her conversation with the tech leader. (Yahoo Finance, 12/4/18)

Most Powerful Women In Tech In 2018: With Greater Power Comes Greater Responsibility. Women may still be a minority in tech, but as their power rises, so does their responsibility and visibility.  (Forbes, 12/4/18)

Two Years Ahead Of Schedule, Intel’s Diversity & Inclusion Campaign Has Major Traction. Barbara H. Whye, Intel’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and VP of Human Resources for the Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group, speaks about delivering on goals a full two years ahead of schedule. (Forbes, 12/3/18)

Listen to 20 Philly voices on tech, diversity and inclusion. “Shades of Success,” a podcast from Camden-based design company Penji, spoke with 20 attendees at Philly Startup Leaders’ 2018 Diversity Dinner. (Technically, 12/3/18)

European tech sector struggles with discrimination despite record year. The Slush tech conference in Helsinki, 2018’s report shows that Europe’s ecosystem is thriving, but has a serious diversity problem. (Silicon Republic, 12/3/18)

NOVEMBER, 2018

The Problem With Diversity In Art And Tech. George Wells, the COO of Lehmann Maupin board member of Out in Tech, talks about the problem with diversity in the worlds of art and tech, and what can be done to facilitate change. (Forbes, 11/29/18)

Intel’s new diversity chief on the secrets to hiring and retaining. Barbara Whye talks about the company’s recipe for success. (The Mercury News, 11/29/18)

How Lack of Diversity Points to Facebook’s Downfall. Damon Brown offers commentary on Mark Luckie note about Facebook’s diversity crisis and reflects on his time in Silicon Valley. (Inc, 11/28/18)

Meet Silicon Valley’s most unlikely venture capitalist. Arlan Hamiltion, founder of Backstage Capital, is working on a $36m investment into black women-led projects, $1 million at a time. The project is called the “It’s about damn time fund.” (11/28/18)

Apple Launches Tech Bootcamp for Women Entrepreneurs to Drive Diversity. Apple has unveiled a new program, Entrepreneur Camp, to boost and broaden the number of women app developers and computer programmers in the technology industry. (Samaritan Mag, 11/27/18)

Facebook has a problem with black people, former employee charges. Mark Luckie, a former employee, says racial discrimination is real, both on the company’s Silicon Valley campus and on the social media giant’s platform. (USA Today, 11/27/18)

African languages are being left behind when it comes to voice recognition innovation. Even though companies have made enormous advances in Natural Language Processing (NLP), or the ability of computers to comprehend the human voice and language, there’s an emerging divide that relegates low-income populations and less widely-spoken languages to the background. (Quartz, 11/26/18)

Equality Group Founder On Why Diversity Is Necessary For Your Company’s Health. Founder and CEO of Equality Group – a business consultancy committed to building a diverse talent database in the FinTech workd and offering companies guidance on reaching their diversity goals – believes the diversity problem lies within many companies’ perception of diversity as a ‘nice to have’ option rather than a ‘must have’ quality that will improve the health of their company. (Forbes, 11/26/18)

How Do We Create A More Diverse Community Of Social Entrepreneurs. Dr. Pragya Agarwal offers strategies on diversifying the field of social entrepreneurship. (Forbes, 11/25/18)

The Government Has Reversed Its Policy on Silicon Valley Diversity Data. Originally reported by Reveal News. Federal labor officials have decided to reverse their longtime policy and release diversity numbers for government contractors such as Oracle and Palantir Technologies in response to a lawsuit filed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. (Truth Out, 11/24/18)

Google Announces Commitment to Help Black Businesses Grow Through Tech. The National Business League and Google are teaming up to increase the growth of black businesses globally by offering a vast array of strategic initiatives to black and minority-owned businesses to include online training programs, business coaching, workshops, and access to Google’s cloud-based solutions. (Black Enterprise, 11/23/18)

TLA calls on tech industry to hire one million tech workers by 2023. Tech industry network TLA has announced a campaign to encourage one million people into tech sector roles over the next five years. (Computer Weekly, 11/22/18)

The Women in IT Awards Ireland 2018 — winners revealed! Winners of the inaugural Women in IT Awards Ireland were unveiled at a gala ceremony in Mansion House, Dublin on November 21. (Information Age, 11/22/18)

Black Girls CODE Receives SXSW Community Service Award. South by Southwest Conference and Festivals announced Black Girls Code, along with five other organizations, as the recipient of the Community Service Award for their commitment to making a difference. (AfroTech, 11/21/18)

How Diversity Officers Change Corporate Culture. These executives change hiring practices, oversee trainings and measure company climate. (U.S. News and World Report, 11/21/18) 

How to Launch a Specialized Diversity and Inclusion Program (That Your Company Can Actually Follow). Fixing the persistent problems women face goes beyond hiring efforts — it’s about constructing an environment that retains top talent, one that is all-inclusive and collaborative. (Entrepreneur, 11/20/18)

Tim Cook: Tech hasn’t done enough to push gender diversity. Tim Cook thinks the tech industry has “missed” doing enough to push gender diversity to break up the male dominated culture in Silicon Valley. (Cult of Mac, 11/19/18)

In Los Angeles, a Foundation-backed Push to Bring More Diversity to the Tech Sector. With the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Annenberg Foundation, tech leaders, and more than 80 venture capitalists have launched a new civic initiative to spark diversity and inclusion in the tech sector. (Inside Philanthropy, 11/18/19)

Chippenham’s Trapeze Group is announced as founding member of new alliance to promote diversity in tech. Chippenham company Trapeze Group UK has been named a founding member of the new Inclusive Tech Alliance, set up to help improve diversity in the tech sector. (Gazette & Herald, 11/17/18)

First Ever Black Tech Matters Awards to Recognize African American Tech Entrepreneurs and Innovators. In its first year, the inaugural Black Tech Matters Influencer Awards Show took over SXSW in Austin, TX and is prepared to do the same on Tuesday November 27, 2018 in the heart of the nation’s capital. (Black News, 11/15/18)

Akon’s Tech Utopia. Akon is a force that expands beyond the music industry. He is on a mission to better the world. In fact, he wants to create a real-life Wakanda, using the latest technologies of blockchain and cryptocurrency. (Black Enterprise, 11/15/18)

FITCon 2018: Cable industry making strides in diversity, inclusion. Florida Internet & Television’s FITCon 2018 kicked off with a with a panel chaired by state Rep. Mike La Rosa that brought a diverse group of cable veterans together to reflect on the past 40 years of diversity and inclusion efforts as well as what needs to happen over the next 40. (Florida Politics, 11/15/18)

Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City. Google has teamed up with nonprofit organization MotherCoders and New York City’s Women.NYC initiative to offer a free, nine-week tech training program for moms.  (Tech Crunch, 11/15/18)

Google.org has put £200,000 into Colorintech to improve diversity in the tech industry. Colorintech will use a grant from Google to launch a career accelerator programme for BAME students and professionals. (Evening Standard, 11/15/18)

Lenovo Throws Hat into the Diversity and Inclusion Arena. On Thursday, Lenovo announced a four pillar strategy for tackling diversity: Build inclusive leadership behaviors, foster diverse and inclusive systems, ensure accountability, and tell its story. (Black Enterprise, 11/15/18)

We got the government to reverse its longtime policy to get Silicon Valley diversity data. Federal labor officials have decided to reverse their longtime policy and release diversity numbers for government contractors such as Oracle and Palantir Technologies in response to a lawsuit filed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. (Reveal, 11/15/18)

Microsoft sees modest upticks in representation of women, minority employees. Microsoft showed a small increase in the proportion of women in its employee ranks, rising 1.1 percentage points to 26.6 percent, from 25.5 percent last year. (The Seattle Times, 11/14/18)

Top UK tech firms fall behind on racial and gender board diversity. The UK’s top 500 technology firms are failing to represent women and ethnic minorities at senior levels, with women making up just 12.6 per cent of board director positions at tech companies. (City A.M., 11/14/18)

The Google walkout: A dismantling of Silicon Valley. Article reflects on the impact of protests that reflect the power workers hold when they band together and the potential for the entire patriarchal culture of Silicon Valley and big business to be dismantled. (Du Clarion, 11/12/18)

Diversity Is The Key to Startup Success – What Can Early-stage Founders Do About It? Tech entrepreneurs are focused on building the right product, achieving their desired product-market fit and getting the economics of their business right. But as more data is analyzed, there is another factor that drives startup success or failure rates — company culture and leadership diversity. (Forbes, 11/12/18)

Uncharted Power Founder Jessica O. Matthews On Building The Anti-Silicon Valley Energy Startup. Founder of Uncharted Power and raised $7 million, the largest Series A ever raised by a black female founder. (Forbes, 11/12/18)

Diversity, Inclusion & Bias in Artificial Intelligence. Blog explores “techno-chauvinistism and other factors that contribute to bias and AI. (Infospace, 11/12/18)

AfroTech seeks to highlight the power of diversity in Silicon Valley. Nearly 4,000 Black techies and millennial entrepreneurs converged at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco for day two of the 2018 AfroTech conference. (Rolling Out, 11/10/18)

The Future 10: Get To Know These 10 Black Women In Tech. Meet ten ladies making their mark in tech who share why other Black women may want to follow in their footsteps. (Essence, 11/9/18)

Big tech companies talk best practices for more diverse and inclusive workplace at #MoveTheDial. Senior executives from several major tech companies spoke about the importance of how allyship, including everyone in the conversation, and outlining values can help move the dial for more women and people of colour to be included in the tech workforce. (IT World Canada, 11/9/18)

List of the Most Influential Blacks in Technology. Black Enterprise’s list includes consulting leaders, executives, experts, and consultants within and outside of Silicon Valley (Black Enterprise, 11/9/18).

Some good news about diversity in tech, for a change. Intel achieves its diversity and inclusion goal two years ahead of schedule – but that’s just the beginning. (CIO, 11/9/18)

PwC partners with UK Black Tech to bolster diversity in technology. In order to encourage greater diversity in the technology sector, PwC and UKBlackTech have joined forces to host Tech Insight and networking events across the UK. The series of meetings are part of a drive by the duo to inspire more young people from a range of backgrounds to pursue careers in technology. (Consultancy.UK, 11/8/18)

“There’s a Business Case for Diversity.” CulturaLink’s CEO On How to Be Intentional In the Hiring Process. Article features Yolanda Robles, founder of CulturaLink , which tracks and documents all interpreter services and vendors operating at a hospital. (Hypepotamus, 11/8/18)

Silicon Valley Wouldn’t Give Her Money, So This ‘Proud Gay Black’ Founder Went to New York City. Heather Hiles, founder of Pathbrite, an education technology company, wants to help founders find the right investors–and be prepared to sell to them. (Inc., ~11/8/18)

How Kapor Center Is Helping To Close The Technology Gap Through Programs With Deep Impact. Article features Kapor Center’s SMASH program and how it has provided comprehensive STEM curriculum since 2004. (AfroTech, 11/7/18)

Google Engineers Are Inspiring Girls To Code With A New Children’s Book. Komal Singh partners with other women in Google to write and develop Ara the Star Engineer, the new book that encourages girls of color to enter STEM. (AfroTech, 11/7/18)

Indian outsourcer Tata sued in Oakland over alleged bias against non-South Asians. Article highlights allegations of discrimination made against Tata Consultancy Services. (The Mercury News, 11/7/18)

Inclusion Transparency And Diversity Is Not A Google-Only Problem! Article lists demands for policy changes to promote respect and inclusion, and identifies barriers to inclusion for women throughout the tech ecosystem (Forbes, 11/6/18).

More than 80% of women in tech would recommend tech career to young women. Booking.com has found that a majority of women in the technology industry would recommend a career in the sector to young women in schools, as well as to female undergrads (Computer Weekly, 11/6/18)

The Commonality of A.I. and Diversity. Article reports on how algorithms are not neutral, but created by humans with biases and beliefs and make every effort to eliminate those biases. (The New York Times, 11/6/18)

Women leaders bring diversity to tech companies. Article draws on research to discuss benefits of women in tech. (Global Trade, 11/6/18)

Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley 2018 — finalists revealed for inaugural awards. The finalists for the 2018 inaugural Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley have been revealed ahead of the gala ceremony at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on 29 November (Information Age, 11/5/18)

How to get a job at Google, Apple, or Microsoft. What you need to do to get a job at one of the tech industry’s elite companies. (Alphr, 11/5/18)

Meet the Oakland philanthropists trying to diversify the tech world. Article features how Freada Kapor Klein and her husband, Mitch Kapor are diversifying the tech world through the Kapor Center for Social Impact is located. (Jewish News, 11/2/18)

How My Company Created an Apprenticeship Program to Help Diversify Tech. Ryan Carson explains how Treehouse, an online school that helps companies hire developers and designers, addresses diversity and inclusion. (Harvard Business Review, 11/2/18)

Tech’s ethical problem is also a diversity problem. Bärí A. Williams argues that many of the ethical issues that tech companies wrestle with, from data breaches to gentrification, could be solved with a more diverse group of people making decisions. (Fast Company, 11/2/18)

God-is Rivera Joins Twitter as Global Director of Culture and Community. Twitter has hired God-is Rivera from VMLY&R in the newly-created role of global director of culture and community, effective Nov. 12. (Adweek, 11/2/18) 

Google Walkout: Employees Stage Protest Over Handling of Sexual Harassment. Workers are protesting the company’s handling of sexual harassment. The walkouts followed a New York Times report that the tech giant paid millions of dollars in exit packages to male executives accused of harassment. (The New York Times, 11/1/18)

Diversity, Inclusion, Core Values Carry Weight At Tech-Heavy SMPTE Confab. The non-tech session, “Innovating People: Management, Culture and Inclusion,” was among the most relevant events at last week’s SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held last week in downtown L.A. (Shoot Online, 11/1/18)

OCTOBER, 2018

Percentage of women appointed to tech boards stays stagnant for 20 years. The percentage of women on the boards of technology firms has not changed for the last 20 years, with the gap between men and women on boards growing. (Computer Weekly.com, 10/31/18)

 Survey: Google Employees Don’t Feel Opinion Diversity Love. Poll finds that most in the company are not accepting of diverse political views. (Multichannel, 10/31/18)

PwC partners with UKBlackTech to increase tech sector diversity. Professional services network PwC has partnered with social initiative UKBlackTech to encourage more young people from different backgrounds into the technology industry. (ComputerWeekly.com, 10/29/18)

Intel says more women, African-Americans in workforce after diversity push. Intel Corp reports an increase in the ratio of women and African-Americans in its workforce after three years of a high-profile effort to improve diversity. (Reuters, 10/29/18)

Saskatoon tech companies support push for gender diversity with workshop. A workshop for women in the technology sector in Saskatoon showcased the skills and abilities of those working in tech and addressed gender inequality in the field. (The Star Phoenix, 10/28/18)

The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected. America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens — even offering digital-only preschools. The rich are banning screens from class altogether. (The New York Times, 10/26/18)

These Tech Co-Founders Are Diversifying The Industry and Training Black Professionals To Find Dream Careers. Ariel Lopez and Janel Martinez are looking to diversify the tech and media industries and change the way that companies approach talented (and qualified) people of color to hire them for jobs with their company, 2020Shift. (Essence, 10/26/18)

How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’. The internet giant paid Mr. Rubin $90 million and praised him, while keeping silent about a misconduct claim. (The New York Times, 10/25/18)

Creativity, Diversity and Blockchain Technology to Lead Brooklyn Tech Week. BTW Founder Nizer Saunders explains what to expect from the inaugural gathering of Brooklyn’s brightest, most diverse minds in tech. (BK Reader, 10/25/18)

The Black Struggle for Technology Jobs. In Atlanta and other racially segregated cities, the education system is stacked against African Americans competing for STEM careers. If Amazon picks the city for its second headquarters, things could get even worse. (The Atlantic, 10/25/18)

From coding apps to startup culture: young and mature tech workers share their views. An age-diverse group reflect on the challenges they face in the tech sector, and what they love about it.  (The Guardian, 10/25/18)

Assistive technology support for Imperial community. Imperial staff and students can now get extra help to make work and study as easy as possible with the introduction of new College wide technology. (Imperial College London, 10/24/18)

Amazon’s New HQ2 Could Land In Chocolate City. Amazon’s high stakes economic investment for HQ2 is continuing with some front runners like Washington D.C. emerging from the pack. (Forbes, 10/23/18)

Blendoor works to increase workplace diversity, reduce unconscious bias. Stephanie Lampkin, founder and CEO of Silicon Valley company Blendoor, was the keynote speaker at the Women In Tech conference. (Talk Business, 10/22/18)

Founder Gym launches a Cohort Exclusively for Black Founders. Founder Gym, an online training center for underrepresented founders who want to build successful tech startups, is launching its 5th and 6th Cohorts, and one of them is exclusively for black founders. (Black Enterprise, 10/22/18)

Los Angeles investors and entrepreneurs launch PledgeLA, a diversity and inclusion program. PledgeLA helps the Los Angeles technology community in their effort to ensure that it does not repeat the same mistakes made by Silicon Valley and San Francisco and alienate fellow citizens who could feel left out of the opportunities created by tech’s rise to prominence in the city (TechCrunch, 10/22/18)

Meet the Illustrator Diversifying Airbnb’s Image. Article tells of how Jennifer Hom, who served as Airbnb’s first full-time illustrator, created bubbly cartoon figures spattered throughout the website and app. (WIRED, 10/19/18)

A deep dive into diversity data, and advice from women in tech. Several women in tech spoke about the importance of diversity at Splunk.conf 2018 in Florida, some about shocking diversity statistics and others giving advice from one woman in tech to another. (ComputerWeekly.com, 10/19/18)

We can do more to attract diverse talent into digital and tech roles. New emerging technologies are fundamentally changing the way we work and engage with businesses, says Sarah Kaiser. (Training Journal, 10/18/18)

We Need More Diversity in Tech Companies. Finance Roles Are a Good Place to Start. Women hold more than half of the accounting and auditing positions in the U.S., but just 12.5 percent of CFO positions in Fortune 500 companies, and only 11 percent of executive positions in Silicon Valley companies. The need in the tech industry is acute (Entrepreneur, 10/18/18)

Google’s fired ‘diversity memo’ engineer exits lawsuit for arbitration: report. The former Google engineer whose firing inflamed America’s culture wars is abandoning his lawsuit against the company in favor of arbitration, according to a new report. Two men who joined the suit will continue the court fight, the report said. (The Mercury News, 10/19/18)

Community Awards in Support of Diversity and Inclusion Announced for 2018 Internet2 Technology Exchange. Internet2 announces five recipients of scholarships aimed at increasing the meaningful participation of underrepresented information technology professionals, during its annual technical meeting, the Internet2 Technology Exchange. (Business Wire, 10/17/18)

New York on Tech is helping under-resourced students become future tech leaders. By offering comprehensive computational courses and a broad professional network, NYOT hopes to provide under-resourced students in New York City with the skills and infrastructure needed for a successful career in tech. (Tech Crunch,10/17/18)

Building a Diverse Workforce for Next-Generation Analytics and AI. High-performance computing (HPC) has a well-known diversity problem, and groups such as Women in HPC are working to address it. (HPC Wire October, 10/15/18)

Talking tech in Triangle: New ventures, diversity, cash, connections at Startup Summit. Startup Summit is one-day conference featuring leading keynote speakers and master classes from top entrepreneurs, innovators and executives. (WRAL TechWire, 10/17/18)

With a new head of diversity, can Twitch fix its discrimination problem? Last month, Katrina Jones made headlines as Twitch’s first hire for its head of Diversity and Inclusion. (The Daily Dot, 10/17/18)

Facebook expands its fact-checking programme to Nigeria with Africa Check and AFP. Facebook announces the launched of Third-Party Fact-Checking to help assess the accuracy of news in Nigeria, and reduce the spread of misinformation, whilst improving the quality of news people find on its platform. (The Guardian, 10/16/18)

Death of black man in police custody hits home at Facebook and in Silicon Valley. Chinedu Valentine Okobi went into cardiac arrest after being tackled by San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies and repeatedly tased. (CBS, 10/16/18)

How tech workers became activists, leading a resistance movement that is shaking up Silicon Valley. Employees at Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech companies are discovering their power to bend the trajectory of multibillion-dollar corporations. (Fast Company, 10/15/18)

‘Pose’ Star Angelica Ross is Amplifying the Voices of Transgender Tech Workers. The breakout star of “Pose” is an outspoken advocate for transgender rights in front of the camera and behind the scenes, taking an untraditional path to train a community of tech workers (Motherboard, 10/12/18).

Turning Silicon Valley into Melanin Valley. The opening panel of the inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference addressed how the face of technology and entrepreneurship is getting younger, more casual, more accessible and diverse. (Insight News, 10/12/18)

There’s an Economic Case for Diversity in Tech. Do You Know What It Is? Diverse groups yield a wider range of experiences and perspectives. And that can positively affect your bottom line. (Entrepreneur, 10/12/18)

YouTube, 23andMe CEOs advocate for women’s education on Day of the Girl. Susan and Anne Wojcicki spoke about the importance of helping disadvantaged young women at a benefit for nonprofit Room to Read. (CNET, 10/11/18)

Black and Brown Tech Innovators and Enthusiasts Gather for Bigger, Better TechConneXt Conference. For two days, black and brown tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts gathered at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, California, for access to resources, capital, and the latest advances in tech. (Black Enterprise, 10/11/18)

More than a motto: How 7 Austin tech companies make their workplaces more inclusive. Built In Austin spoke to seven local tech companies to learn how their diversity and inclusion efforts go beyond hiring quotas and PR-friendly statistics to make a difference. (Built in Austin, 10/11/18)

Diversity in Tech Remains Embarrassingly StagnantThese Nonprofits Could Help. Article explains how bootcamps like Techtonica, which train underrepresented groups for tech jobs, could be a real solution to tech’s diversity problem. (The Bold Italic, 10/11/18)

LinkedIn is using AI to make recruiting diverse candidates a no-brainer. LinkedIn added new features to help companies notice and hire diverse job candidates so that they don’t miss out on potential talent. (Business Insider 10/10/18)

Dell EMC brings ‘Women in Technology’ diversity Initiative to the UAE. Tech giant Dell EMC, recently hosted the first Middle East edition of its “Women in Technology” initiative, which is part of Dell Technologies Forum and featured accomplished women in technology-related careers in the UAE as speakers and panelists. (ITP, 10/10/18)

Breakingviews – Amazon gender-diversity fail shows limits of tech. Reuter reports that Amazon had to shut down a résumé-reviewing computer program early last year after discovering it was prejudiced against women. (Reuters, 10/10/18)

Cisco is hiring more women and non-white employees than ever, and they credit this start-up for helping. Article highlights Cisco’s experience with Texico, technology that helps peole write job ads that resonate with a diverse pool of people. (CNBC, 10/9/18)

What Everyone Needs To Know About Diversity In Tech. Actress & iOS Developer Lyndsey Scott discusses what people should know about the state of diversity and inclusion in tech. (Forbes, 10/8/18)

It’s time to take positive action to create a more diverse tech workforce. Article discusses the role that tech companies play in driving the diversity agenda forward in the right direction and how they can be more effective and progress more quickly. (10/8/18)

Forbes Releases Inaugural Top Women In Tech List In Honor Of Ada Lovelace Day. In honor of Ada Lovelace Day 2018, Forbes announced its inaugural list of the Top Women in Technology, which shines a light on 50 incredible women from across Europe who are breaking through glass ceilings in their sectors and the tech industry overall (Forbes, 10/8/18)

Tech’s diversity problem is even bigger than we realized — here’s why that’s so bad for the next generation of startups. Article addresses how Silicon Valley’s diversity and inclusion problem extends beyond the underrepresentation and underpayment of women, blacks, and Latinos to include disparities related to ownership stakes in their companies. (Business Insider, 10/6/18)

Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry. The Plug took a look at more than 15 annual Black tech conferences to understand if and how these niche conferences are shaping inclusive cultures within the tech industry. (Medium, 10/5/18)

After spat over inclusion in tech awards, men and women come out equal. The top four annual executive awards were split evenly between women and men at the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council gala, salving the outrage that erupted after the trade group announced an earlier, mostly male slate of finalists. (Boston Globe, 10/5/18)

How big tech will fare under California’s new board gender diversity law. Article shows that most prominent tech companies with HQ in California already have at least one board member, and HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise had the highest proportion of women board members, at 40% and 42%, respectively.  (CIO Dive, 10/5/18)

Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights. Ro Khanna–the Democratic representative whose California district is home to Apple, Intel and Yahoo — created a list of 10 principles for a “Bill of Rights for the Internet” that cover topics such as privacy, net neutrality and discrimination. (The New York Times, 10/4/18)

Study on Blacks and Tech Reveals Digital Users Becoming Owners. A new Nielsen study finds that, African American consumers, influencers and digital entrepreneurs are leveraging digital power to not only influence events but to own content. (Black Press USA, 10/4/18)

Female tech execs to deliver CES keynotes after diversity outcry. The chief executives of AMD and IBM are set to speak at the tech show after criticism of a lack of gender diversity. (CNET, 10/3/18)

When It Comes to Ageism, the Old Is New Again. Tech’s cult of youth borrows from a long history of workplace discrimination. (Bloomberg, 10/3/18)

Why Amazon Really Raised Its Minimum Wage to $15. Article discusses the Stop BEZOS Act designed to force large employers to raise wages by taxing them when their workers need to rely on public benefits like food stamps. (Wired, 10/2/18)

Silicon Valley’s Keystone Problem: ‘A Monoculture of Thought’. Review of Medium’s first book, “The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional But Essentially True Silicon Valley Story” (The New York Times, 10/2/18)

There’s a “glass cliff” for Asian-American CEOs, too. Asian-American professionals are the least likely to be promoted into management, but when companies are in decline, they’re two and a half times more likely to appoint an Asian-American CEO. (Quartz at Work, 9/24/18)

These Tech Companies Will Need More Women on Their Boards. Several major tech companies—including Apple, Google parent Alphabet, and Facebook—will likely have to add women to their boards of directors by mid-2021 under a pioneering new California law aimed at bringing more women into corporate boardrooms. (Wired, 10/2/18)

Why we need to focus on inclusivity as well as diversity in the tech industry? Author discusses the importance of inclusion to build and maintain a diverse workforce. (CNET, 10/1/18)

Not Too Late! Here’s Why You Need to Attend TechConneXt. Black Enterprise TechConneXt conference caters to tech job seekers, techpreneurs, enthusiasts, as well as the tech curious who want to network and connect with companies on-site looking to hire programmers, developers, engineers and more. (Black Enterprise, 10/1/18)

SEPTEMBER, 2018

Excerpts From the New Rules Summit. The New Rules Summit featured discussions on barriers facing women as they pursue their careers, and includes women in Silicon Valley. (The New York Times, 9/30/18)

Salesforce training program hopes to make finding diverse job candidates easy. The answer might well be a job fair that brings the candidates right to the event. (CNET, 9/30/18)

California has a new law: No more all-male boards. A new law requires publicly traded firms in the state to place at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019 — or face a penalty. (CNN Money, 9/30/18)

Ne-Yo wants to make Silicon Valley more diverse, one investment at a time. Ne-Yo, is interested using his wealth to encourage people like him to view software engineering and other technical careers as viable options. (Tech Crunch, 9/29/18)

Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry. The Plug took a look at more than 15 annual Black tech conferences to understand if and how these niche conferences are shaping inclusive cultures within the tech industry. (Motherboard, 9/28/18)

Lyft unveils second annual diversity report. Lyft’s newly released diversity report shows the forty percent of Lyft’s workforce is female, 33 percent of its leadership is female, and Fifty-two percent of the workforce is white. (TechCrunch, 9/28/18) 

How to fix your toxic culture. Office culture doesn’t turn toxic because of a few bad seeds. It turns toxic because leadership didn’t see or outright ignored the signs that something was amiss. (Fast Company, 9/27/18)

Joburg’s new hi-tech surveillance cameras: A threat to minorities that could see the law targeting thousands of innocents. Johannesburg plans to use smart technology, such as facial recognition, to keep law and order, which could lead to false arrests, the targeting of innocent citizens, and unfair discrimination against minority groups. (Daily Maverick, 9/28/18)

Rapid Blog: What AfroTech Detroit can teach us about diversity in tech. Kyama Kitavi reflects on AfroTech Detroit organized by Blavity and implications of tech advancements for the local landscape. (Rapid Growth Media, 9/27/18)

Get in on Facebook’s New Program to Teach Girls and Children of Color Hands-on Coding. Facebook just announced a new program to provide greater access to girls and children of color to computer coding. (Black Enterprise, 9/26/18).

Silicon Valley leaders talk at Morehouse med school, Spelman. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella visited Morehouse School of Medicine on Tuesday to discuss the future of technology innovation, and Priscilla Chan of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative visited Spelman College Wednesday for a talk titled “Reimagining Philanthropy Through Technology.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 9/26/18)

NACME and big brands partner to bridge the STEM diversity gap in Silicon Valley. The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. held a national summit to bring together thought leaders from multiple industries to discuss innovative ways to recruit, retain and promote diverse engineering and computer science talent (Rolling Out, 9/26/18).

Survey Results Show Need for More Diversity in the Cybersecurity Field. The report, titled “The State of the Cybersecurity Workforce and Higher Education” reflects a randomized, nationally representative sample of more than 1,000 participants to survey opinions on and awareness of cybersecurity and issues surrounding minorities and women in cybersecurity and what the recruitment efforts towards adults should be. (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 9/26/18)

Creativity and tech ‘two sides of same coin’, says 2018 Most Influential Woman in IT, Amali de Alwis. Amali de Alwis discusses women in tech and Code First: Girls, which now teaches more women in the UK to code than the UK’s university system (ComputerWeekly.com, 9/26/18)

Transreport: The tech start-up with diversity, academia and agility at its core. Transreport is a startup with a diverse team that is developing technology and apps for the rail industry. (Smart Trail World, 9/26/18)

National Inclusion Week 2018: Experts weigh in on tech’s diversity problem. This week is National Inclusion Week, an annual UK event promoting inclusion, diversity and equality in the workplace. (Verdict, 9/26/18)

What’s Holding Companies Back From Improving the Diversity of Their Workforce. Bank of America’s global talent acquisition executive Ebony Thomas discusses the pros and cons of using technology to identify diverse candidates. (Fortune, 9/25/18)

Infor teams with #YesWeCode to promote diversity in technology. As part of its Infor Inforum conference and exhibition held in Washington DC this September, industry-specific cloud applications company Infor and #YesWeCode launch GenOne to increase diversity of the tech workforce in one generation (CoputerWeekly.com, 9/25/18)

How the Tech Talent Charter is boosting diversity in IT. The charter has pulled together the biggest names in tech in an unprecedented attempt to address the tech industry’s lack of diversity in the UK. (CRN, 9/25/18)

Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith, Just Made Another $3 Billion with Sell to Adobe. Vista Equity, the private equity firm launched by black billionaire and engineer Robert F. Smith, announced it is selling Marketo a cloud-service company it purchased in 2016, to Adobe, for $4.7 billion. (Black Enterprise, 9/24/18)

How Can Your Technical Hires Be More Diverse? The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has partnered with IBM and numerous firms to increase their female technical staff. If a company is looking for women engineers, they should be recruiting at WE18, the largest conference and career fair for women engineers. (All Together, 9/24/18)

Google, Expanding on HBCU Pilot, Launches ‘Tech Exchange’ to Boost Diversity in Industry. Tech Exchange is Google’s latest effort to increase diversity in tech and make its own company look more like its users. (EdSurge, 9/19/18)

Spotify sued for alleged gender discrimination over ‘boys’ trips’ to Sundance, strip clubs. Hong Perez, a former sales executive at Spotify, alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the music-streaming service systematically discriminates against women. (CNET, 9/19/18)

Exclusive Report: Hundreds of Female Founders Speak Out on Ambition, Politics, and #MeToo. Inc. and Fast Company surveyed female founders to fully understand the female entrepreneurial experience in 2018. (Inc., 9/18/18)

IBM being sued for age discrimination after firing over 20,000 employees. Shannon Liss-Riordan on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit in the federal court in Manhattan on behalf of three former IBM employees who say the tech giant discriminated against them based on their age when it fired them. (Business Times, 9/18/18)

ACLU, Labor Union, Allege Facebook’s Ad Targeting Discriminates By Gender. Facebook faces a legal showdown with the American Civil Liberties Union, the labor union Communications Workers of America, and three female workers for gender-discrimination related to its online ad platform. (Fortune, 9/18/18)

These new initiatives are helping more women start businesses and get funded. The Female Founder School and Ready, Set, Raise aim to help women start more businesses and get funded. (Fast Company, 9/18/18)

A lack of diversity in tech is damaging AI. Head of AI at World Economic Forum has serious questions around the ethics of biased AI development (Alphr, 9/18/18)

Yet another report shows diversity is slow in coming to tech. A new demonstrates that diversity in tech is slow—and that women of color are underrepresented and men in the industry often don’t see a problem. (CNET, 9/18/18)

The Mainframe aims to elevate Tampa Bay’s black tech professionals. The Mainframe is a Tampa Bay-based initiative to support the growth of black technologists, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs throughout Florida. (Catalyst, 9/18/18)

Hillary Clinton’s three-point plan for solving tech’s diversity problem. Article summarizes 3 step the tech industry should take to enhance diversity that Hillary Clinton outlines at the Lesbian’s Who Tech Conference. (Quartz at Work, 9/17/18)

The British Government Is Launching a New Fund Focused On Tech Diversity. In an effort to increase diversity and inclusion in tech roles, the British government has created a new £1 million Digital Skills Innovation Fund to help people from underrepresented backgrounds access training to gain the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy. (AfroTech, 9/17/18)

VC’s Debut Fund Is the Largest Ever for a Black-Led Firm. Having raised $137 million for Base10 Partners, Adeyemi Ajao has put together the largest fund of its kind for a black-led venture firm. It comes at a time when a lack of racial diversity in the overwhelmingly white industry is getting some overdue scrutiny amid a larger national conversation about race and privilege. (Bloomberg, 9/17/18)

Amazon focuses on women to tackle industry-wide diversity problem. Amazon is seeking “practical solutions” to improve diversity as pressure mounts on tech giants to make their workplaces more inclusive of women and minorities. (The Telegraph, 9/17/18) Subscription required for access to full text.

Uber’s complex relationship with diversity. The company has made an effort to right its wrongs from 2017, but it still has a long way to go. (Tech Crunch, 9/16/18)

How Verizon Plans to Reach 2 Million More Students Lacking Access to Technology. Since 2012, Verizon, one of the largest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies in the world, helped more than a million students access technology through its Innovative Learning (VIL) program, they’ve helped over a million students.  (Black Enterprise, 9/15/18)

Twitch Hires Katrina Jones As Its First Head of Diversity and Inclusion. Katrina Jones begins her new role on October 1 as the head of diversity and inclusion with 10 years of experience in human resources. (AfroTech, 9/14/18)

Memo to the Silicon Valley boys’ club: Arlan Hamilton has no time for your BS. Article features Arlan Hamilton, who has made history as the first and only person who is black, queer woman to have built a venture capital firm from scratch. (Fast Company, 9/13/18)

Report: African Americans Shifting From Media Consumers to Creators. More than half of African Americans (54%) have lived their entire lives in the digital age, meaning that these young digital natives are not just consuming media in mass, they’re creating it. (Black Enterprise, 9/13/18)

The Struggle for Black Women Entrepreneurs Continues. Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S., but many African American women entrepreneurs are subjected to the same racial and gender-based biases that propelled them to leave traditional workplace settings in the first place. (Black Enterprise, 9/13/18)

Leaked Google video fuels conservative claims of political bias from tech giants. A video showing Google’s top executives perturbed by the election of President Donald Trump was leaked on Wednesday to the far-right website Breitbart, intensifying a swell of erroneous claims from Republicans that technology companies are biased against conservatives. (CNN, 9/13/18)

Is Office Politics a White Man’s Game? Addresses politically savviness in the workplace. (HBR, 9/12/18)

Quartz analyzed the top female founders to understand why their companies are worth just 20% of men’s. Quartz analyzed top US startups to understand how women are faring in the most dynamic segment of the American economy. (Quartz at Work, 9/12/18)

JPMorgan to invest millions in ‘inclusive cities’. JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities program is a $500 million, five-year initiative to drive inclusive business growth in U.S. cities and across the world. (Cities Today, 9/12/18)

Melinda Gates rallies top tech companies to double women of color studying computer science by 2025. Melinda Gates is convening leading tech companies in an effort to dramatically increase the number of computer science degrees awarded to women of color, part of a broader effort to improve diversity in an industry dominated by white men. (Geekwire, 9/12/18)

Silicon Valley’s Next Innovation: Diversity. Intel and a coalition of 11 companies are tackling what continues to be a persistent issue in tech: They’ve pledged more than $12 million to double the number of women of color graduating with computing degrees in the U.S. by 2025. (Barrons, 9/12/18)

Former Def Jam Executive Helps Bring Internet Access to Africa. Interview with Abou “Bu” Thiam to find out how he initially broke into the tech industry, and what he plans to do now that music and tech are both in his repertoire. (Black Enterprise, 9/11/18)

How this Head of Diversity and Inclusion Empowers Individuals within the Workplace. Netta Jenkins, head of diversity and inclusion at IAC Applications, shares her approach for diversity and inclusion. (Forbes, 9/11/18)

Sexist AI: Tech industry must address diversity and halt gender bias in bots. The influence of programming primarily by men has been seen to perpetuate unhelpful gender stereotypes, in particular when it comes to consumer interactions with bots and voice assistants, raising questions about its long-term impact. (Financial Review, 9/10/18)

Uber diversity head says ‘culture change doesn’t happen overnight’. Bo Young Lee says meaningful reform usually takes a few years. (CNET, 9/7/18)

Computing for All works to promote diversity in computer science department. Computing for All, a club that advocates for, supports and celebrates the engagement of women and other underrepresented populations in all aspects of the computing field. (The Daily Nebraskan, 9/7/18)

Backstage Capital to launch an accelerator in four cities to promote underrepresented founders. Backstage Capital will launch an accelerator to further amplify and support the best companies led by underestimated founders. (Tech Crunch, 9/5/18)

For some underrepresented people in tech, life is getting better. For others, this is the ‘dark timeline.’ Even though Slack’s April Underwood feels like less of an “underdog” recently, she says that’s not true across the board. (Recode, 9/5/18)

B.C. tech-ed program aims to shrink diversity gaps. HighTechU is a grassroots initiative that de-emphasizes students’ socio-economic backgrounds while it looks to narrow the diversity gap in the technology sector by focusing on groups that are underrepresented in the industry. (EP&T, 9/5/18)

Why is it important to build increasingly diverse security teams? The business case for improving diversity levels in an organisation is all-but undeniable. And, the same is true when building security teams. (Information Age, 9/5/18)

Colin Kaepernick Ad Pushes Nike Social Media Brand Mentions Up 135%. Nike’s stock may be down, but its social media impressions are drastically up following the launch of its new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, one of the most polarizing athletes in sports. (Black Enterprise, 9/4/18)

Opinion: AI can help tech companies get diversity right. Mikaela Kiner, CEO of UniquelyHR, argues that artificial intelligence can help solve tech’s diversity issue by creating bias-free resume review processes and other systems. (Biz Journals, 9/4/18)

£1m digital skills fund to boost diversity in tech talent. A new £1 million fund has been released by the UK government to help people from under-represented groups get into digital roles. (Digital Health, 9/3/18)

Freada Kapor Klein: Silicon Valley’s diversity activist. The venture capitalist and philanthropist backs her mission to rid tech of discrimination with bold action. (Financial Times, 9/2/18)

AUGUST, 2018

California Law Would Require Women on Boards of Publicly Traded Companies. California could become the first state to require publicly traded companies that are headquartered there to have at least one woman sitting on their boards. (SHRM, 8/31/18)

Latinx consumers love tech. Technology is transforming Latinx consumer behaviour, from shopping to communication and media consumption, according to a new study from Nielsen. (WARC, 8/31/18)

Nigeria’s 15-Year-Old Tomisin Ogunnubi Created A Genius App To Find Lost Children. Tomisin Ogunnubi is the creator of My Locator, an app that helps locate missing children. She created the app in 2016 and it has been downloaded over 1000 times since it hit Google Play, according to BBC. (Blavity, 8/30/18)

3 takeaways from the State of Black Women in Tech. Five black women playing leading roles in Baltimore startups and tech organizations gathered at Ida B’s Table to discuss their experiences, and how to create more access for a group that remains underrepresented in tech. (Technial.ly Baltimore, 8/30/18)

Netflix names first ‘inclusion strategy’ chief months after official fired for using N-word. Netflix has hired Verna Myers as its first vice president of inclusion strategy to help devise and implement strategies that integrate cultural diversity, inclusion and equity throughout the organization. (Mercury News, 8/30/18)

Time to dump young male founder myth and invest in greater diversity. Net Results: Not only are most tech company founders not young guys, but most successful tech companies are founded by the middle aged (The Irish Times, 8/30/18)

Can Diversity Checker Bots Help Level Gender Equality? Author discusses how he and many others are oblivious to gender bias until having the issue highlighted.  (Forbes, 8/30/18)

This Unlikely VC Has Invested $4 Million in Underrepresented Founders. Women, people of color and LGBTQ founders receive less than 10 percent of venture capital. Arlan Hamilton is changing that. (Entrepreneur, 8/28/18)

Venture Capital Needs Some Geographic Diversity. Moving out of Silicon Valley would do other parts of the U.S. some good, and maybe yield higher returns. (Bloomberg, 8/28/18)

Meet 11 of Delaware’s up-and-coming technologists of color. Tech may not be known for its diversity. Delaware is working on changing that. (Technically Delaware, 8/28/18)

Dozens at Facebook Unite to Challenge Its ‘Intolerant’ Liberal Culture. The post went up quietly on Facebook’s internal message board last week. Titled “We Have a Problem With Political Diversity,” it quickly took off inside the social network. (The New York Times, 8/28/18)

‘You can’t fill a talent pipeline with a leaky bucket’. After 25 years in leadership roles at Darpa, Google and Facebook, Regina Dugan has a few observations on what’s wrong in tech, how to fix it and what’s ahead for all of us. (Chicago Business, 8/28/18)

How to succeed in tech: Samantha Quiñones gives her tips. Interview with Samantha Quiñones, who has built software and led teams for some of the largest names in technology, discusses women in tech. (Jaxenter, 8/28/18)

Improving Tech Diversity with Scientific Strategies. Atlassian has redesigned its talent acquisition processes based on scientific research and standardized processes, which has resulted in an 80% increase of female technical hires and tripled representation of black and Hispanic engineers over the last three years. (Information Week, 8/27/18)

States move to limit workplace confidentiality agreements. State lawmakers in at least 16 states, including California, have introduced bills this year to restrict the use by private employers of nondisclosure agreements in sexual harassment cases. Provisions have become law in six states: Arizona, Maryland, New York, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington. (CBS News, 8/27/18)

DCMS launches fund to increase diversity in tech. More than £1m is being put aside to increase the amount of diversity in technology, and to teach disabled people digital skills. (Computer Weekly, 8/27/18)

‘Women Can’t Be The Only Advocates For Change’: Github’s Faten Healy On Diversity In STEM. Faten Healy discusses her work, her mentors, and her hopes for the future. (Gizmodo, 8/27/18)

World Maker Faire Comes To New York, How The Maker Movement Is Solving Diversity In Tech. The first World Maker Faire in NYC on September 22-23 helps get tech education fun and into the mainstream. (Forbes, 8/26/18)

New research highlights the racial wage gap in the tech industry. Tech’s diversity problem goes beyond underrepresentation as black and brown tech workers do not get equal pay for equal work. (CIO, 8/24/18)

Austin tech giants’ push for diversity turns up mixed bag. An analysis by the American-Statesman shows that there has not been significant change in Austin’s diversity workforce numbers since 2015. (512 Tech, 8/24/18)

Stop Focusing on the ‘Pipeline Problem.’ Tech’s Diversity Issues Run Deeper. Blaming a lack of candidates for the lack of women at tech companies obscures the real problems. (Entrepreneur, 8/23/18)

Airbnb adds its first female board member. Airbnb has added the first woman to its board, fulfilling a pledge CEO Brian Chesky made earlier this year to add female executives to the company’s board of directors. (CNN, 8/23/18)

WERKIN Founder-CEO On How Tech-Enabled Mentorship Fuels Diversity. Hayley Sudbury, the founder and CEO of WERKIN (a tech-enabled sponsorship platform that stimulates diversity) and a LGBT member, on the importance of diversity in mentorship. (Women Love Tech, 8/23/18)

RetailMeNot Appoints Chief Technology Officer and Diversity Director. Sharon Brogdon, formerly with Microsoft and Intel, has joined RetailMeNot to lead and expand diversity and inclusion efforts. (Silicon Hills News, 8/23/18)

Researchers identify the most sexist places in America. University of Chicago, Northwestern University and National University Singapore economists conducted an analysis to understand the prevalence of sexist beliefs in the places where women grew up and in the places they worked as adults affected outcomes such as wages, workforce participation, and age at marriage and childbirth. (Sentinel Source, 8/22/18)

Introducing the Cultural Leadership Fund. The Andreessen Horowitz Cultural Leadership Fund connects the greatest cultural leaders in the world to the best new technology companies and enables more young African Americans to enter the technology industry. (Andreessen and Horowitz, 8/22/18)

Heeding the call: Durham’s black tech entrepreneurs mix, mingle & make business. As part of American Underground’s (AU) recent push to make Durham the most diverse tech hub – and the “Silicon Valley of the South” – it has been testing out a new series of monthly mixers called ImBlackInTech, specifically aimed at drawing in the African American community. (WRAL TechWire, 8/22/18)

Queen Latifah Announces $20 Million Investment in Creators of Color. Queen Latifah and ESSENCE Ventures LLC have partnered to create the $20M Essence Creators and Makers Fund to provide financial support while building a stronger production and economic infrastructure for artists of color. (Walker’s Legacy, 8/22/18)

Meet the Black Entrepreneur Whose Ground-Breaking Technology is Helping Chevron and Other Fortune 500 Companies. Kristopher Francisco, the 32-year old pioneering African American CEO of Evolute, is charting a new path in cloud computing with the recent launch of his software platform for enterprises that is focused on big data, storage architectures and highly scalable cloud migration. (Black News, 8/21/18)

BIT Race & Identity: Why Do Black Women Leave Tech? Author reveals the real challenges associated with being an Black Woman in the Tech Industry. (Blacks in Tech, 8/21/18)

Is Twitter biased against conservatives? CEO Dorsey says no, Trump says yes. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey maintains that the company does not discriminate against any political viewpoints, but President Donald Trump says that media companies are discriminating against conservatives. (Mercury News, 8/20/18)

The Globe-Trotting Show Bringing Science and Tech to Arab TV. 4Tech is a science and technology program on the BBC Arabic that highlights lesser-known examples of innovation. (Wired, 8/20/18)

Facebook hit with federal housing discrimination complaint. Federal housing officials have accused Facebook of allowing housing discrimination on its platform, the latest fallout from a saga that began with a 2016 investigation into the social media giant’s advertising arm. (Mercury News, 8/17/18)

This diversity survey could help transform Philly’s tech community. In a bid to help orient diversity, equity and inclusion discussions in the city, a coalition of stakeholders just launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Benchmark Survey, which seeks to gather data and help inform the path to bridging inequities in Philly’s expanding tech economy. (Technical.ly, 8/17/18)

Black investors help Durham’s African American-led SpokeHub raise $2M. SpokeHub has hit the $2 million mark after recently closing its second seed round with support from African-American investors. (WRAL TechWire, 8/16/18)

Inequality is Everywhere in Tech. And Tech is ok with it. Article explores how contracting positions such as food service, security, and maintenance contributes to inequalities throughout the tech industry. (Medium, 8/15/18)

Dating App Bumble Launches A Fund To Invest In Other Female-Founded Startups. Bumble Fund will invest checks from $5,000 to $250,000 in companies that primarily serve women, with a focus on female founders from diverse backgrounds. (Forbes, 8/15/18)

Why This 48-Year-Old Woman Is Building Ghana’s Biggest Solar Farm. For more than a decade, Salma Okonkwo entrepreneur in Ghana has been quietly building up a multimillion-dollar oil and gas outfit called UBI Group. (Forbes, 8/15/18)

A former exec says Google once pulled the plug on videoconferencing tech because it couldn’t identify people of color. Google once had to “pull back” video-conferencing software for employees because of the technology’s inability to accurately identify people of color, Google cloud executive Diane Bryant said on Tuesday. (ctpost, 8/15/18)

Embedded Linux Conference Europe tackles tech’s diversity problem. Conference includes a variety of sessions about best practices for increasing gender, ethnic, and other forms of diversity within technology firms and projects. (Linux Gismos, 8/15/18)

29-Year Old Venture Capitalist Talks Putting More Money in The Hands of Women of Color. Black Enterprise talks to Nycole Wynn about solutions for funding black women and career advice for breaking into the industry. (Black Enterprise, 8/14/18)

Technovation breeds diversity in tech through problem-solving apps. Iridescent launched Technovation in 2006 with a mission of empowering underserved communities, especially girls and women, to become innovators and creators of technology and engineering. The program is a rigorous bootcamp that provides all the tools, training and structure students with no prior knowledge of computing need to develop a full app. (Silicon Angle, 8/14/18)

Why diversity in ad tech is so important right now. Article argues that its time to seriously talked about diversity in ad tech and why it is essential to fixing the tech industry’s diversity problems. (Ad Age, 8/14/18)

7 Black Celebs Who Are Working To Increase Diversity In Tech. Will Smith, Kevin Durant and other famous folks are trying to help boost representation in Silicon Valley (News One, 8/13/18)

‘A strong diversity and inclusion agenda helps with the merger of companies’.  Claire Vyvyan, the senior vice president of Dell EMC’s commercial business in the UK and Ireland, talks with Information Age about the value diversity and inclusion can bring to an organization. (Information Age, 8/13/18)

Teaching black boys to shine in tech: All Star Code celebrates in the Hamptons with Soledad O’Brien, Van Jones. The non-profit organization All Star Codefounded by former business journalist Christina Lewis recently took over the Hamptons to celebrate it’s accomplishments in bringing young men of color into the technology arena, through computer science education and enrichment.. (The Grio, 8/13/18)

Startmate lures Silicon Valley space start-up but fails to improve diversity. Last year, Startmate vowed to improve the diversity of its accelerator participants; but this year the program has done no better, with only three out of 13 teams having female co-founders. (Financial Review, 8/13/18)

Bias Is AI’s Achilles Heel. Here’s How To Fix It. Artificial intelligence (AI) has raised the stakes on Babbage’s conundrum, as the ‘garbage out’ from AI leads to appalling examples of bias. (Forbes, 8/13/18)

Sexual Harassment And The ‘Win at All Costs’ Mentality Of The Silicon Valley. Article examines deeply rooted problems in the startup environment and what can be done to turn things around. (Forbes, 8/12/18)

‘Okay Google, Play ‘Dura.’’: Voice Assistants Still Can’t Understand Bilingual Users. Even though 43 percent of the world’s population speaks at least two languages, many smart speakers do not respond well to accents. (NY Mag, 8/10/18)

Civil Rights Groups Say Using Algorithms In Risk-Based Bail Assessments Is A Problem. The Advanced Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Color of Change, MoveOn and 115 other groups signed a statement of concern about the use of pretrial “risk assessment” algorithms to determine bail. (Afrotech, 8/9/18)

Program introduces coding, computer technology to formerly incarcerated. Code Cooperative is a program that teaches formerly incarcerated individuals and other justice involved individuals, valuable skills to succeed in today’s increasingly digital world. (Pix 11, 8/9/18)

Eight Things To Consider When Matching A Young Tech Professional With A Mentor. Eight members of Forbes Technology Council share effective ways to connect young employees with mentors in the technology space and make sure both sides get the most out of the relationship. (Forbes, 8/9/18)

Forget the ‘glass ceiling.’ Women of color face a ‘concrete ceiling’. Even as female CEOs still fight to make the C-suite, the ranks are shrinking. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of women leading Fortune 500 companies dropped by more than 20%. (Money, 8/8/18)

Four Ways To Meaningfully Create A Creative, Committed Workplace Culture. To enable a creative and dedicated culture, culture needs to promote motivation that is meaningful to the individual, which aligns with neuroscience and how our brains respond to positive recognition. (Forbes, 8/8/18)

Making Startups Less Bro-tastic: Venture-Backed Founders Get Together to Change Toxic Company Cultures. All Raise brings together venture-backed founders to help make their companies more diverse and inclusive. (Inc., 8/8/18)

Combating Hate and White Nationalism in the Digital World. Article argues that a progressive digital agenda that promotes inclusivity and diversity is needed to address this latest swing and mitigate hate and violence. (Center for American Progress, 8/8/18)

The founder of a top Silicon Valley startup got interrupted during a board meeting when he showed a slide of 5 new female hires, and it offers a lesson to other companies. More than half of Memphis Meat’s team identify as women; 40% of them are in leadership roles (Business Insider, 8/8/18)

Style Over Substance: How VCs’ Perceptions Of Female Founders Is Slowing The Economy. Article highlights findings from the research report, Gender Differences in Entrepreneurship. (Forbes, 8/8/18)

What should tech companies do to promote diversity? BrightHR Head of Digital Experience Anneka Burrett argues for change in the technology industry to promote diversity (Computing, 8/8/18)

Tech firms seek partnerships to increase workforce diversity. Technology companies are forming partnerships with historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in an effort to improve the diversity of their workforces. (The Hill, 8/8/18)

Silicon Valley is leaving women of color behind. A new collaborative hopes to change that. Article highlights efforts to increase women of color earning computer science degrees, their underrepresentation in the tech industry – particularly in leadership roles – and the fact that they receive less funding from venture capitalists. (Reveal News, 8/7/18)

Black-Owned Social Network Expects $26 Billion Back into Urban Communities. BEAN is a rising social and economic network that advances economic advancement of urban communities by leveraging commerce and blockchain technology. (Milwaukee Community Journal, 8/7/18)

Meet 105 Black & Latino Founders Who Raised $1mm+ in VC Funding. Harlem Capital searched articles, websites and LinkedIn to find Black and Latino founders who have raised $1mm+ of venture funding. ($2.7bn Total). (Medium, 8/7/18)

Today Is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day: Here’s What You Need to Know. Women earn 80 cents for every dollar that men make, but black women make 63 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men make. This means that black women also make 38% less than white men and 21% less than white women, according to a study published by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. (Fortune, 8/7/18)

How hidden bias can stop you getting a job. Through every step of the hiring process, recruiters can discriminate against job candidates, without meaning to. Here’s how to spot these behaviours, and what to do about it. (BBC, 8/7/18)

Opinion: I tick all the boxes for inclusivity and diversity, so let’s get down to business. Luli Adeyemo discusses diversity, technology, and accessibility. (Spice, 8/7/18)

CTOs on our Doorstep: Yasmin Taylor, CTO at Cashmere App explains the importance of championing diversity. Yasmin Taylor discusses challenging stereotypes and other issues. (Information Age, 8/6/18)

60 percent of tech workers in survey say they can’t afford a home in the Bay Area. In a survey presented to 13 Bay Area tech companies, nearly 60 percent of respondents said they feel underpaid, despite six figure salaries — primarily because they cannot afford buy a home. (SF Gate, 8/6/18)

Why ‘Can I Sue My Employer?’ Is Often the Wrong Question. A worker worries about being fired just because a new manager doesn’t like him and wonders if there is a way to fight back. Here’s why the law can’t help but other strategies might. (The New York Times, 8/3/18)

HBCUs and PBIs Usher in New Era of Cybersecurity. Several HBCUs and predominantly Black institutions (PBIs) now have emerging cybersecurity programs and expanding their training initiatives and programs with new resources and research facilities on campus. (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 8/2/18)

#TimesUp: Tackling bias in business. Brainstorm spoke to a number of women working in different areas of technology about their experiences, and many echoed one another, saying there was a stark shortage of female role models and mentors. (IT Web, 8/2/18)

Women in technology. The continuing growth of female entrepreneurship in South Africa, particularly in the technology industry, is a testament to the willpower and determination of South African women, who often have to overcome great challenges in order to succeed in a male-dominated industry (BBQ Online, 8/2/18)

Gender diversity in the technology sector is still a big problem. Gender diversity in the technology sector remains a hotly debated topic, amid scandals, global campaigns, and social media movements. (City, A.M., 8/2/18)

Black voices, white voices: the cost of accents. Sounding black has a profound impact on Americans’ lives. (The Economist, 8/2/18)

Clusters of black STEM graduates offer a map for future investment. Author advocates for investing in black STEM graduates to build local economies (Brookings, 8/2/18)

Counting our way to gender equality. Article argues that the industry needs thorough data collection combined with accurate data reporting to help us understand how we might start to improve the gender gap at every stage along the pipeline, from the classroom to the boardroom. (The Hill, 8/1/18)

Boosting gender diversity in tech: top tips from the experts. How can businesses help close the gender gap in the tech industry? (IT Portal, 8/1/18)

Counting our way to gender equality. There is a jarring lack of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. (The Hill, 08/01/18)

Views Looking to drive out hiring biases? There’s an app for that. Article offers starting points for combining technology innovation with work-practices innovation to address diversity and inclusion. (Benefit News, 8/1/18)

CompTIA Communities Open ChannelCon 2018. Discussions on workplace diversity in the technology industry, the new security landscape and measuring customer satisfaction highlighted the opening day of CompTIA ChannelCon 2018 on Tuesday. (The Virginian Pilot, 8/1/18)

Automating ethics? Why tech supports bias training, monitoring — to a point. Article explores the drawbacks of delegating training around harassment, bias and other sensitive issues to technology. (Benefit News, 8/1/18)

There are very real differences in how women and men (and VCs) view entrepreneurship, underscores a new survey.  Illuminate Ventures has produced research around how women and male founders view entrepreneurship, from why they do it to how much support they receive from family members. (Tech Crunch, 8/1/18)

The Business Wire News Releases section is partnership content by Business Wire Electricity Human Resources Canada Announces Project to Identify Impact of Technology and Innovation in Today’s Rapidly Changing Electricity Sector and Looks at Gender Diversity in Leadership Roles. Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is pleased to announce funding for a new project that will explore the transformational impact of technology, digitalization and innovation on the changing nature of work in the sector (Business Financial Post, 8/1/18).

JULY, 2018

Clusters of black science majors offer a map for future investment. Businesses should pay attention to black communities’ growth in cities (7/31/18)

5 Tips To Boost Your Self-Confidence As An ‘Underestimated’ Entrepreneur. Author offers five strategies to make sure that a lack of confidence from others doesn’t affect your own self-confidence. (Geek, 7/31/18)

Are Women Penalized For Being Team Players? Article explores workforce behavioral differences and highlights a recent study that finds that women spend more time on collaborative tasks than men, which can interfere with top priorities, and have a negative impact on how they are perceived (Forbes, 7/30/18)

5 Angel Investors of Color You Don’t Know, But Should. More diverse investors mean a more diverse distribution of venture capital funds to those seeking it. (POCIT, 7/30/18)

Where Did You Go to School? Article offers demographic stats on venture capitalists and identifies that 40% of VCs attended either Harvard or Standford. (Medium, 7/30/18)

These Founders Are Making Silicon Valley Borderless For Immigrant Entrepreneurs. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Andee Gardiner and Anastasia Crewlaunched Founders Embassy, an accelerator program helping international and immigrant entrepreneurs evolve their companies into globally recognized entities. (Forbes, 7/30/18)

#ASAE18 Game Changer: The Case for Intellectually Diverse Teams. Rich Karlgaard says facing rapid technological change demands technological smarts–but experience and empathy count too. (Associations Now, 7/29/18)

Why This FinTech Entrepreneur Is Considered The ‘Olivia Pope Of Silicon Valley’. Jotaka Eaddy bridges the gap between policymakers at the federal level, engaging with agencies such as the CFPB, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Reserve, and others. (Forbes, 7/27/18)

Microsoft partners with Black Girls Code to help the organization launch Seattle chapter. Microsoft has partnered with Black Girls Code, led by Kimberly Bryant, to enable the organization to launch a chapter in Seattle. (Tech Crunch, 7/27/18)

Facebook Swears To End Housing Discrimination On Its Ad Platform For Real This Time. Facebook has signed an agreement with Washington state to retool its advertising platform after a Pro Publica investigation found it could be used to abet housing discrimination. (Gizmodo, 7/27/18)

Google executive warns of face ID bias. Facial recognition technology does not yet have “the diversity it needs” and has “inherent biases”, a top Google executive has warned. (BBC News, 7/27/18)

When AI becomes conscious: Talking with Bina48, an African-American robot. Explores why artificial intelligence systems being presented in humanoid forms. (ZD Net, 7/27/18)

Airbnb’s Slow-Moving Mission to Win Over African Americans. Airbnb has made several changes to its service to reduce discrimination, such as requiring travelers to agree to a nondiscrimination policy and remove those who don’t comply, adding Open Doors policy that allows guests to report discrimination; and promising to rebook who experience discrimination. (Wired, 7/26/18)

Amazon tool flags Congress members as suspects. An Amazon facial recognition tool has wrongly identified 28 members of the US Congress as police suspects. (BBC News, 7/26/18)

Most Tech Companies Are Going About Diversity All Wrong. Instead of treating diversity like a performance metric, tech firms need to find ways to make diversity and inclusion essential elements of corporate culture. (Entrepreneur, 7/26/18)

Exclusive: These Facebook Interns of Color Share Their Experience. Black Enterprise caught up with several of Facebook’s inters to find out what it’s like working for the tech media giant. (Black Enterprise, 7/25/18)

How to infuse diversity & inclusion into your company’s DNA. Article offers strategies to help embed diversity and inclusion as part of an organization’s DNA. (Venture Beat, 7/25/18)

Intel Has a Shot at Boosting Diversity — in the CEO’s Office. Renee James, Diane Bryant and Lisa Su are in strong contention to replace Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. (Industry Week, 7/25/18)

To succeed in Silicon Valley, you still have to act like a man. Author discusses trade-offs between what feels right and what feels opportunistic when pitching as a woman. (Washington Post, 7/24/18)

How to succeed in tech: “Go ahead and do it. This is a great option for women.” Interview with Jen Looper, a senior developer advocate at Progress who has more than 15 years of experience as a web and mobile developer. (Jaxenter, 7/24/18)

How This Fortune 100 Executive Is Diversifying The Technology Industry. Interview with Barbara Whye, who leads Intel’s $300M Diversity in Technology initiative to increase the representation of women and underrepresented minorities and improve employee inclusion and retention.  (Forbes, 7/23/18)

RefineAI’s Bharat Krish explains why AI must be inclusive. The future is approaching fast, providing a rare tabula rasa-esque opportunity to correct previous mistakes in order to shepherd in a more diverse future with technology that actually works. (Silicon Republic, 7/23/18)

AI is hurting people of color and the poor. Experts want to fix that. New technology brings great promise, and as many problems. Smartphones put access to infinite knowledge in our pockets, but led to the rise of tech addiction. The social media platforms that connected billions of people were turned against democracy. (CNN, 7/23/18)

Blavity Founder Raises Over $6 Million in Funding. Morgan DeBaun has raised $6.5M in new funding from GV, Comcast Ventures, Plexo Capital, and Baron Davis Enterprises. (Black Enterprise, 7/20/18)

70% of Americans Think Technology Increases People’s Bias. A poll found that 63% of respondents believe technology is doing more to justify biased decisions than to remove bias from decision-making, and 70% of said that tech does more to amplify people’s biases than diminish them. (Forbes, 7/20/18)

Philly’s Project NorthStar conference is looking for speakers. Happening this fall in South Philly, the three-day conference for Black and Latinx professionals looks to help erase inequality in the tech sector. (Technical.ly, 7/20/18)

How Search Firms Can Team With Businesses To Compete In The Race For Diversity. Article explains how firms can play a critical role to assist their clients in diversity. (Forbes, 7/20/18)

Tech Talent: This Programmer Started a Company to Fill the Gap In Diverse Stock Photography. DiversityPhotos.com aims to provide more diversity in stock photography so the media can better represent a variety of audiences (hypepotamus, 7/19/18).

Startup Spotlight: Skillspire helps immigrants build tech skills in a supportive environment. Startup Spotlight profiles at Skillspire, a Bellevue-based startup launched in 2016 that offers technology boot camps and specifically targets immigrant and refugee students. (GeekWire, 7/19/18)

Who Gets Left Out of the Urban Tech Boom? Andre Perry uses Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg as examples of how the urban tech boom can exclude majority Black cities, and how investing in Black tech entrepreneurs can cultivate conditions for economic & social growth. (The New York Times, 7/19/18)

Silicon Valley needs to figure out how to promote women and people of color. Andreessen Horowitz is doing that by changing one of its founding rules. The high-profile venture capital firm has elevated Connie Chan to general partner — and scrapped a rule that the firm candidly admits was outdated. (Recode, 7/17/18)

Nominations open for the inaugural Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley! The Women in IT Awards is coming to the home of tech later this year, and nominations are open. (Information Age, 7/17/18)

Female, black C-suite members consistently paid less than white men. Hiring more women and people of color is often cited as a solution to pay inequity, but as the Comparably study shows, even in organizations where both groups have some representation on the executive level, pay disparities persist. (HR Dive, 7/17/18)

Google takes African startups under its wings. Silicon Valley giant Google is expanding its regional mentorship program for top early-stage technology startups in Africa, with the aim of helping them become commercially viable. (The East African, 7/17/18)

Cybersecurity’s gender diversity struggles have roots in lack of interest, pay equity. Women in the cybersecurity industry experience discrepancies when compared to their male counterparts. (HR Dive, 7/17/18)

STEM Education & What’s Inspired Him Along the Way. Bernard Harris Jr. was the first African-American to walk in space, and now he’s leading the Dallas-based National Math and Science Initiative to help encourage young people through its STEM curriculum. (Dallas Innovates, 7/16/18)

Googlers threatened after fired engineer Damore identifies them in court filings: judge. Google employees whose comments in internal communications were filed in court by a fired engineer have received online threats — but engineer James Damore redacted the names of Googlers sympathetic to his cause. (The Mercury Times, 7/16/18)

Uber faces federal inquiry for reported gender discrimination. As the ride-hailing company tries to clean up after last year’s scandals, allegations of inequity still mount. (CNET, 7/16/18)

Agriculture Tech And Investing Needs A Diversity Overhaul. Here’s How. With 88% of primary farm operators men, agriculture tech has a long way to go to diversity.  (Forbes, 7/16/18)

Inaugural Atlanta Black Tech Week to Be Held This Fall. Black Tech Planet has announced the first ever Atlanta Black Tech Week (ABTW), a week-long celebration where Atlanta’s tech community comes together to discuss the Black tech ecosystem. (Hypepotamus, 7/16/18)

Camouflaging diversity issues isn’t the same as solving them. Under pressure, tech companies are rushing to tout their commitment to diversity and inclusion. But some of their efforts paper over the problem rather than solve it. (Fast Company, 7/14/18)

Stacy Brown-Philpot of TaskRabbit on Being a Black Woman in Silicon Valley. The Detroit native studied at Penn and Stanford, worked for Goldman and Google, and now runs the gig economy pioneer that Ikea acquired in 2017. (The New York Times, 7/13/18)

Facebook’s diversity efforts failing African-American and Hispanic women. Facebook is inching toward increasing the diversity of its workforce but it still has a big problem: It’s hiring very few black and Hispanic women. (USA Today, 7/12/18)

12 Ways Diversity Makes A Difference In Tech. Members of the Forbes Technology Council tell what they think diversity will bring and how companies will benefit from it. (Forbes, 7/12/18)

5 reasons why companies should share their EEO-1 diversity forms. Although EEO-1 forms are not comprehensive, the article highlights five reasons why companies should release these forms. (Reveal, 7/11/18)

Women in tech – it’s not about being Wonder Woman! Article highlights the need to have more relatable female tech role models to inspire young women to pursue computer science education and careers. (Diginomica, 7/10/18)

Spotify diversity and inclusion report not shy about room for improvement. Article offers highlights of Spotify’s diversity data. (HR. Drive, 7/10/18)

Report: Uber official departs amid allegations she dismissed internal complaints of racial discrimination. Uber’s head of human resources quit Tuesday in the wake of an investigation into her handling of racial discrimination allegations at the ride-hailing firm, according to Reuters. (Mercury News, 7/10/18)

It Took 3 Weeks and 30 Emails to Get Workplace Disability Accommodations, So She’s Building a Tool to Help Others. Eboni Freeman is building a SaaS tool that aims to create more inclusive working environments by recommending accommodation packages to employees with disabilities. (hypepotamus, 7/9/18)

I’m every employer’s dream “diversity hire,” and it’s the worst. A black Korean lesbian tech worker offers perspective on how to end tokenistic recruiting and build a diverse hiring process that’s driven by values, not numbers. (Fast Company, 7/9/18)

These Startups Are Defying The Status Quo In Crypto And Building Diverse Teams. To find the most diverse startups in crypto and blockchain, Forbes scoured companies’ employee lists on LinkedIn, contacted a dozen companies and spoke with several investors. Few firms provided detailed data on race, so Forbes ordered the top startups by the number of women in their workforce. (Forbes, 7/9/18)

Brian Reaves Is Re-Engineering Diversity and Inclusion at Dell. Dell’s Brian Reaves discusses the need to create a metric-based D&I model and change the attitudes of managers in order to improve customer service, make employees more productive, and spark continuous innovation at the tech giant (Black Enterprise, 7/9/18)

Bringing Diversity to Venture Capital. Lolita M. Taub discusses her role as a Principal, diversity in venture capital, portfolio management, and how to break into venture capital. (Medium, 7/9/18)

The UPS Foundation Awards Over $10M In Grants To Advance Diversity & Inclusion Around The World. The UPS Foundation will award more than $10 million in grants to advance diversity and inclusion programs to 44 different organizations to support programs focused on economic empowerment, education/scholarships, work training, and social and gender equality. (NASDAQ, 7/9/18)

Why the time for diversity in tech is now. Article makes the case for diversity in A.I. research and other areas in tech. (Think Big, 7/9/18)

How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System. Article classifies San Francisco residents into four broad categories: the Inner Party, the Outer party, the Service class, and the Untouchable class. (Wired, 7/9/18)

Six black SA tech entrepreneurs to watch [Digital All Stars]. Article features new tech startups emerging headed by entrepreneurs of color. (Ventureburn, 7/6/18)

We’re Teaming Up With ‘The Plug’, a Daily Newsletter on Black Entrepreneurs in Tech. Motherboard and The Plug will collaborate to offer original stories. (Motherboard, 7/6/18)

Six black SA tech entrepreneurs to watch [Digital All Stars]. Article features new tech startups emerging headed by entrepreneurs of color. (Ventureburn, 7/6/18)

Richelieu Dennis Officially Launches $100 Million New Voices Fund Supporting Women Of Color Entrepreneurs At ESSENCE Festival. ESSENCE Ventures CEO, Richelieu Dennis announced the official launch of the $100 million New Voices Fund to support women of color entrepreneurs. (Essence, 7/5/18)

Five things you can do to improve diversity and inclusion at your company today, like right now, this moment. There are a number strategies that can be done today to begin to immediately produce diversity results and change at your company. (Chicago Tribune, 7/5/18)

Inclusion Clearinghouse Helps Tech Companies Tackle Diversity and Inclusion. Black Enterprise caught up with founder Cynthia Overton to find out why she started Inclusion Clearinghouse and how it’s being received and utilized in the field. (Black Enterprise, 7/4/18)

If Diversity Is Key For Success, Why Do We Keep Resisting It? Uber’s head of diversity and inclusion Bernard Coleman III gives advice for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workforce. (Forbes, 7/3/18)

HBCU Alum Promotes Diversity in Tech. In 2015, Gürsel founded a nonprofit, PACE (Pan-African Center for Empowerment), in an effort to inspire strategic alliances among organizations dedicated to development and diversity (Diverse Education, 7/3/18).

Disillusioned programmer fights for empathy, ethical responsibility in tech. With the insights gained from persevering through a career rife with prejudice, Qin is creating opportunities for marginalized groups to help close tech’s diversity gaps — and introduce some much-needed empathy into the powerfully trendsetting industry. (Silicon Angle, 7/2/18).

Black Tech Founder Leading the Evolution of Enterprise Time Management. Kishau Rogers is disrupting the time management industry with Time Study, an enterprise-level solution for time tracking. (Black Enterprise, 7/2/18)

Code2040’s Karla Monterroso on desegregating the tech industry. Podcast featuring Karla Monterroso of Code2040 discussing diversity in tech. (Tech Crunch, 7/2/18)

How diversity can launch startups even higher. In a chaotic and fast-paced environment, being able to capitalize on the full potential of a diverse group of people will set many startups leagues ahead of their competitors. (Big Think, 7/2/18)

Canva leads push for greater diversity. Sydney start-up poster child Canva is leading an effort towards more collaboration on diversity in technology, today launching a Women in Tech report that will bring in perspectives and strategies from across the industry. (The Australian Business Review, 7/2/18)

JUNE, 2018

Making tech truly diverse calls for new tactics and renewed commitment. Brenda Darden Wilkerson, president and CEO of Anitab.org, discusses efforts to make the organization more diverse. (Mashable, 6/29/18)

Jay-Z Launches Marcy Venture Capital Partners With Silicon Valley Veteran Larry Marcus. In a move that could see more investments for startup founders of color, rapper and business mogul Jay-Z is launching Marcy Venture Capital Partners in partnership with Roc Nation President Jay Brown and Silicon Valley veteran Larry Marcus, whose investments focus on digital media and consumer services. (Black Enterprise, 6/26/18)

All Star Code Raises Over $1 Million to Expand STEM Summer Program for Boys of Color. All Star Code (ASC) will carry out its mission to educate, prepare, and place young men of color in the tech industry through its fifth annual “Summer Intensive” STEM summer program with support from $1 million raise for the growth and development of the program. (Black Enterprise, 6/28/18)

How This Tech Executive Advocates For Diversity And Inclusion. Attorney, business operations executive, and tech startup advisor Bärí A. Williams shares her approach to diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. (Forbes, 6/28/18)

Blacks face longer wait times on Uber, Lyft than other races – worse for taxis, study says. From longer waits to cancelled trips, new research suggests African-Americans who call on taxis or ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber are facing discrimination. (USA Today, 6/27/18)

Accelerate Tech Learning targets the (urban) core of KC’s programmer shortage. Accelerate Tech is a full-stack development program includes soft skills lessons like interviewing, resume building and networking, in addition to classes on coding languages and website building, and focuses on providing educational support and training to minority professionals. (Startland, 6/27/18)

Google will open a Black Girls Code-led exploration lab in New York offices. Black Girls Code will draw on Google’s New York offices to carry out its mission of increasing the number of women of color in the digital space. (Afrotech, 6/26/18).

Jay-Z Launches Marcy Venture Capital Partners With Silicon Valley Veteran Larry Marcus. In a move that could see more investments for startup founders of color, rapper and business mogul Jay-Z is launching Marcy Venture Capital Partners in partnership with Roc Nation President Jay Brown and Silicon Valley veteran Larry Marcus, whose investments focus on digital media and consumer services. (Black Enterprise, 6/26/18)

Here’s the clearest picture of Silicon Valley’s diversity yet: It’s bad. But some companies are doing less bad. A collaboration between Reveal and the Center for Employment Equity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a detailed picture of the entire field and allows those that are public to be compared with all their peers. (Revel, 6/25/18)

Tech’s diversity problem can’t be solved overnight—and it shouldn’t be. While diversity and inclusion are top of mind today, the “fix it fast” world of tech is quick to move onto the next problem. Instead of trying to check a problem off of a list, technology companies need to carefully craft an inclusive culture. (Quartz at Work, 6/25/18)

Using innovative technology to promote inclusion and diversity in schools. Students recently competed in the sixth edition of the JAYE Malta Foundation Social Innovation Challenge, where they were charged with designing a technological solution that would help promote inclusion and diversity in schools using virtual reality sets, 3D printers or Lego Robotics. (Times of Malta, 6/24/18)

The predicament of diversity: re-boot for diversity 3.0. Addresses how differences of diversity definitions illustrate the precise problem with diversity: it cannot be ‘all things to all people’ without losing some of its earlier focus. Longer-term struggles for equality and civil rights get diluted in this eclectic mix, and identity politics cloud the path forward. (MENAFN, 6/22/18)

Dell has taken small steps in diversifying its global workforce. In an annual company report, the Round Rock-based technology giant said 29 percent of its global workforce is made up of female employees, up 1 percentage point since its previous report, while 29 percent of its U.S. workforce is made up of black, Asian and Hispanic workers, up 2 percentage points since last year. (512 Tech, 6/21/18)

Intel diversity chief on retaining black talent: ‘You can’t hire your way to’ diversity. Barbara Whye, vice president of human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Intel, says tech employers like hers need to provide black workers with better support systems. (Biz Journal—subscription required, 6/20/18)

Silicon Valley’s Achilles’ heel threatens to topple its supremacy in innovation. Silicon Valley may be the world’s leading hotbed of innovation and genius, but it struggles with diversity and unconscious bias. (CNBC, 6/20/18)

Diversity campaign launched to double female and ethnic minority tech founders by 2020. A new diversity campaign backed by global investment bank JPMorgan Chase aims to double the number of female and ethnic minority tech founders over the next two years. (Compelo, 6/19/18)

Google diversity report shows efforts are “not enough.” Google has provided a weighted attrition index that shows that both black and Latino workers are leaving the company at the highest rates. (IT PRO, 6/18/18).

Oprah signs content deal with Apple. Apple announced a multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs that embrace her ability to connect with audiences around the world. (Black Enterprise, 6/18/18)

The simple shift in mindset that can help Silicon Valley advance equality. One VC is using pattern matching to fund underestimated founders (Quartz at Work, 6/18/18)

Sheryl Sandberg’s Speech to MIT Grads Taught a Brilliant Leadership Lesson. Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech to this year’s graduating class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) addressed the role of technology in society, and highlighted tensions tied to race and gender (Inc., 6/15/18)

Synechron Launches Social Awareness Campaign #Ittakesalltypes To Promote Diversity And Inclusion At Work. Synechron, the global financial services consulting and technology services provider, announced the launch of a Social Awareness Campaign #ItTakesAllTypes to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. (Global Banking and Finance Review, 6/15/18)

Yuka Nagashima: ‘Girls weren’t born hating science.’ Teacher, entrepreneur and Astia adviser Yuka Nagashima warns that even in tackling diversity, we must not allow hierarchies to develop.  (Silicon Republic, 6/15/18)

Google’s next A.I. research center will be in Africa. Google will open an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in Accra, Ghana, later this year, its first on the African continent. (CNBC, 6/14/18)

Google says it will focus diversity efforts on black, Hispanic women. Google announces that it will make women of color an intentional focus of the company’s diversity efforts. (USA Today, 6/14/18)

New Report Shows Funding For Black Women Founders Increased By 500 Percent in 2017, But Still Lags. A Project Diane report found that while black women founders are still funded at disproportionally low amounts, it has increased substantially in the past year. (Hypepotamus, 6/13/18)

New Venture Funds Focus on Diversity. Startups founded by women and people of color tend to struggle for funding. What can change that? (The Wall Street Journal, 6/12/18)

Ageism Still a ‘Major’ Problem in Tech: Dice Survey. According to a new study from Dice. Discrimination and bias are still major problems in tech, according to a new study from Dice. (Insights, 6/12/18)

Top women entrepreneurs talk tech and ambition at transatlantic roundtable. Some of North America’s most exciting entrepreneurs joined their Imperial peers to discuss women-led innovation today. (Imperial College London, 6/12/18)

Uber’s brand guru Bozoma Saint John leaves after just one year. Uber executive Bozoma Saint John is leaving the company to become chief marketing officer for talent agency Endeavor. (CNET, 6/11/18)

Guidelines for VCs Writing Discrimination & Harassment Policies. This set of best practices helps VCs shape harassment and discrimination policies. (Medium, 6/8/18)

‘Very Lonely.’ The Unsettling Hum of Silicon Valley’s Failure to Hire More Black Workers. Among eight large firms, the portion of black employees in technical roles has risen less than a percentage point since 2014. (Bloomberg, 6/8/18)

Google parent faces backlash over rejecting diversity plan. An employee and investor initiative to promote greater diversity at Google, which would have tied executive compensation to diversity benchmarks, was voted down at the latest shareholder meeting of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. (PR Daily, 6/8/18)

TEDCO launching fund to serve the young startups VCs often overlook. Maryland Technology Development Corp. is launching a new fund that will offer early stage investments of $50,000 to startups that may be overlooked by other funding organizations. (Biz Journals, 6/8/18)

One man’s vision for an innovative hub serving tech workers and entrepreneurs of African descent. On June 19, Arif Gürsel  will celebrate the launch of the Pan African Center for Empowerment (PACE) in downtown Seattle. The kickoff coincides with the Juneteenth holiday honoring the 1865 emancipation of U.S. enslaved people. (Geekwire, 6/8/18)

These angel investors want to bring women into startups early—and get them equity. Women comprise less than a third of employees at major tech companies and female founders drew just 2 percent of VC dollars last year, but one group of female angel investors is working on a plan they hope will help close those gaps by honing in on the nexus of power: the allocation of shares to founding employees of startups. (CNBC, 6/8/18)

How Silicon Valley schools are trying to boost lower-income students into high-tech jobs. Internships, contests and engineering coursework give teens from the area’s majority-Latino high schools an entree to STEM careers. (The Hechinger Report, 6/7/18)

EOYDC Dedicates Intel Computer  Lab to Reverend Jesse Jackson. East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) dedicated their Intel Computer Lab to Reverend Jesse Jackson, which will be used as a gateway to entrepreneurial efforts in the ever changing world of technology (Oakland Post, 6/7/18).

At shareholder meeting, Google’s diversity issues take center stage. Google confirms practice of considering diverse candidates for new board slots, and employees press for more policies that promote a diverse workforce at the Alphabet board meeting. (CNET, 6/6/18)

The Tanzanian Who Aims To Dethrone Uber. Tanzanian-born Godwin Gabriel has a non-tech background but is challenging the Ubers of the world with a ride-sharing app of his own. (Forbes, 6/6/18)

What does it take to make an institution more diverse? Six researchers share their ideas for improving representation. (Nature, 6/6/18)

Arlan Hamilton’s Backstage Capital has invested in 100 startups with underrepresented founders. Venture capitalist Arlan Hamilton that her firm, Backstage Capital, would make 100 investments by 2020, and has achieved that goal two years early. (Fast Company, 6/6/18)

A License to Discriminate. When you’re the “right” race, gender and sexual orientation, when you’ve got the right schools and jobs on your profile, marketers use tracking to flatter and include you, but when you’re not, tracking is more likely to be used to exclude or exploit you. (The New York Times, 6/6/18)

Tech can spot workplace diversity issues, but actions count. The #MeToo movement spurred HR to tackle harassment and boost diversity, but  software that calls attention to problems and aids conversations only goes so far (6/6/18)

Google employee activism on diversity, Pentagon contract is shaking up Internet giant. At Wednesday’s shareholder meeting, a Google employee will step up to the microphone to argue that executive compensation should be tied to diversity goals. (USA Today, 6/5/18)

Rev. Jesse Jackson to Amazon: You have the power to lift up our youth, diversify boardroom. Jackson calls on CEO Jeff Bezos to create a board of directors and a workforce that looks more like America. (The Seattle Times, 6/4/18)

After Amazon Adopts Rooney Rule, Black Lawmakers Call for More Diversity in Tech. Tech Accountability Caucus co-chair says congressional hearings, meetings can help keep pressure on Silicon Valley (Morning Consult, 6/4/18)

As diversity progress in Silicon Valley stalls, advocates call for a new approach. Highlights industry fatigue around diversity and inclusion and offers suggestions to address the issue. (Los Angeles Times, 6/4/18)

Diversity in Tech: What Employers Can Do Now. Highlights the need for action to diversify tech and summarizes The Leaky Tech Pipeline report published by the Kapor Center for Social Impact. (The National Law Review, 6/1/18)

Katrina Lake of Stitch Fix on Building Diverse Teams. While working at a venture capital firm, Ms. Lake saw that many entrepreneurs were “totally unqualified, totally normal people,” which inspired her to be one herself. (The New York Times, 6/1/18)

Four strategies for boosting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Addresses recruiting for diversity, why inclusion is critical, how technology can ferret out job ad bias, and diversity and inclusion best practices. (SearchHR Software, 6/1/18)


MAY, 2018

‘eSi Pitch’ Event Held on LA84 Campus. In an effort to bridge the opportunity gap in the tech sector, In an effort to bridge the opportunity gap in the tech sector, eSportsInstruction.com hosted an event to help urban innovators and resources connect. (Sentinel, 5/31/18)

Asian Americans Are the Least Likely Group in the U.S. to Be Promoted to Management. Asian Americans are the least likely racial group to be promoted into Silicon Valley’s management and executive levels, even though they are the most likely to be hired into high-tech jobs. (Harvard Business Review, 5/31/18)

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Golin Hires Yahoo Global D&I Leader To Head Diversity Efforts. Golin has named Margenett Moor-Roberts, most recently Yahoo’s global head of inclusive diversity, to the newly created role of chief diversity and inclusion officer. (The Holmes Report, 5/31/18)

Here’s how leading women in Silicon Valley think tech can fix its gender diversity problem. Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy of Boardlist, and Megan Smith, of Shift7 discuss how tech companies, venture capitalists, and the startup industry can be more inclusive. (Recode, 5/30/18)

How Cynthia Overton Really Is Supporting All Things D&I In Tech. Interview about how Inclusion Clearinghouse promotes diversity and inclusion throughout the tech industry. (Moguldom, 5/29/18)

Facebook Cofounder’s Wife Bankrolls BLM Activist Shaun King’s PAC. Real Justice PAC is targeting district attorney races across the country in an attempt to overhaul criminal justice system (The Washington Free Beacon, 5/29/18)

Former Snap Employee Questions Company’s Culture and Diversity. A former Snap software engineer wrote an email last November criticizing the company for not being welcoming to women and people of color. (Cheddar, 5/29/18)

Lawmakers sound alarm over Amazon face recognition software. A growing number of Democratic lawmakers and civil libertarians are voicing concerns about Rekognition, Amazon’s facial recognition software, worrying that it could hurt minority or poor communities and allow police to ramp up surveillance. (The Hill, 5/28/18)

At the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards, diversity was the winner on the day. The winners of this year’s Hi-Tech Awards showcased how New Zealand isn’t just good in tech, but good for tech as well, with gender diversity and cultural inclusion taking centre stage more than ever before. (The Spinoff, 5/28/18)

To fix Silicon Valley’s diversity problem, we need to focus on companies’ DNA Opinion piece arguing that addressing diversity in tech should rely on qualitative measures we can take to nurture and connect previously marginalized employees once they’ve landed–tackle the culture to let a population grow organically. (The Next Web, 5/27/18)

Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing apps are ‘useless’ for disabled riders, NYC advocates say. A report by an advocacy group in New York says Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services are virtually “useless” for people with disabilities because of the relative lack of vehicles equipped to handle wheelchairs and motorized scooters. (The Washington Post, 5/26/18)

Compilation of Diversity & Inclusion “Business Case” Research Data. Article identifies data sources to help develop a pitch deck for the D&I “business case.” (Medium, 5/25/18)

How 4 Chicago startups are using tech to address the industry’s diversity problem. Article profiles a new wave of entrepreneurs that have the specific goal of fostering diversity in tech, through tech. (Heartland Tech, 5/25/18)

8 ideas for minority-led startups from black women entrepreneurs. Experts on entrepreneurship and venture capital came together for “Sister in the Struggle: Unleashing the Power of Black Women Tech Entrepreneurs,” panel and offered advice for black women entrepreneurs.

Future Stars of Tech – finalists revealed. Information Age’s new event – Future Stars of Tech – aims to inspire, celebrate and empower the next generation of UK technology female leadership. (Information Age, 5/22/18)

Amazon Is Selling Cops Its Facial Recognition Tool. That’s A Bad, Potentially Racist Move. Law enforcement agencies are using Rekognition, Amazon’s facial recognition system, to identify people and track them in real time. (Huffington Post, 5/22/18)

Barack and Michelle Obama will produce films and TV shows for Netflix. President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama will begin producing a diverse mix of content for Netflix under their company Higher Ground Productions. (The Verge, 5/21/18)

Multicultural Professionals Challenge Silicon Valley to Build Diverse Workforce. BeVisible’s #BeWokeSF challenges Silicon Valley to be intentional about developing a sense of belonging that leads to retention and productivity. (Black Enterprise, 5/21/18)

Talent not Tokenism: How Technology and AI can Enable More Diverse Recruitment. Technology is helping enabling businesses  pinpoint the right talent for the workforce. (Computer Business Review, 5/19/18)

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Jesse Williams has message for Silicon Valley: Stop excluding black people. Actor Jesse Williams is a fierce for more diversity and inclusion in tech and also is also behind tech startups. (5/18/18)

For the Tech Talent Charter to succeed, tech firms need to work together. The Tech Talent Charter, which launched in November 2017, is a movement of like-minded organisations working to close the growing gender gap. (IT Pro, 5/18/18)

4 ways to encourage a diverse IT workforce. As we face a war for tech talent, we also face gender disparities. These strategies can help address both problems (The Enterprisers Project, 5/18/18)

Black Founder Launches Platform That Helps You Easily Invest in Stocks, ETFs, and Options. Jellifin is a commission-free options trading platform that believes that investing should be straightforward and allows users to invest in stocks, ETFs, and options. (Black Enterprise, 5/17/18)

XX Marks the Spot. About one in three employees at Google, Facebook and Apple is a woman, and a Breakingviews calculator  shows that closing the gender gap will take up to 15 years. (Reuters, 5/17/18)

Whistleblower: Bannon wanted to suppress black vote. Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told Congress on Wednesday that the firm used by President Trump‘s campaign in 2016 engaged in “voter disengagement” tactics targeting black Americans. (The Hill, 5/17/18)

Handshake’s Guide to the Top Diversity & Inclusion Conferences of 2018. Recruiters from Goldman Sachs, Uber, and Genentech share their favorite events and best practices for reaching underrepresented students (Handshake, 5/15/18)

The Founder And First Investor Behind $3.7B Exit AppDynamics Launch $160M Fund To Do VC Differently. Unusual Ventures to include HBCU’s Hampton and Spelman, and the United Negro College Fund. (Forbes, 5/15/18)

Dell computer firm agrees to $2.9 million discrimination settlement. Female engineers at Dell computing facilities in Pleasanton and Santa Clara will share in $2.9 million in back wages and interest that an IT company, Dell EMC, agreed to pay in a federal pay discrimination settlement. (SF Gate, 5/15/18)

To fight discrimination, Airbnb wants more black Miami residents to rent their homes. Airbnb is partnering with the NAACP to launch a new initiative in Miami Gardens and Little Haiti to recruit more black hosts and guests. (Miami Herald, 5/15/18)

Amazon will adopt a ‘Rooney Rule’ to increase board diversity after its initial opposition sparked employee outrage. Amazon will adopt an NFL-like “Rooney rule” to create a more diverse board. (Recode, 5/14/18)

Introducing Sourcelist: Promoting diversity in technology policy. Brookings launches  Sourcelist, a database of experts in technology policy from diverse backgrounds. (Brookings, 5/14/18)

Black, Hispanic lawmakers hammer Amazon directors’ opposition to diversity rule. Lawmakers on Friday expressed discontent with Amazon board members who are advocating against a shareholder proposal to use the “Rooney Rule” to add new members to its corporate board. (The Hill, 5/11/18)

Racial Diversity in EdTech: Little Data Available and A Lot of Work Ahead. Article explores diversity throughout EdTech. (eLearning Inside, 5/11/18)

‘The Chasing Grace Project’ tells women’s stories in pursuit of a more inclusive tech industry. A veteran of tech communications, Jennifer Cloer is using her field experience and storytelling talents to move the industry toward a much-needed culture shift through her documentary series, “The Chasing Grace Project.(Silicon Angle, 5/11/18)

Intel Capital to Invest $72 Million in 12 Diverse Tech Startups. Intel Capital just announced that they will invest $72 million in 12 tech startups at their Intel Capital Global Summit. (Black Enterprise, 5/11/18)

Finding a Diverse Space for Tech and Public Sectors to Converge. Through conferences and collaboration, Washington Technology Industry Association aims to foster unity and better business practices. (Seattle Weekly, 5/11/18)

Congressional Black Caucus Bill Backs Wraparound Services, Computer Science. New legislation from the Congressional Black Caucus backs the Obama-era Promise Neighborhoods program that supports wraparound services to support student achievement and well-being, as well as increased access to computer science programs. (Education Week, 5/10/18)

The improbable rise of America’s hottest VC. Story of how Arlan Hamilton went from being broke and homeless in 2015 to fulfilling her dream of changing the face of Silicon Valley by creating a venture capital fund that invests in “underestimated” founders. (Quartz, 5/10/18)

Facebook’s ‘so white and male’ leadership highlights bigger diversity issue. Facebook’s org chart published by Recode calls attention to an upper management that’s very white and very male. (CNET, 5/10/18)

Stemettes: Inspiring 40,000 Girls To Build “Better” Tech Than Uber With A YCombinator For Teens. Ann-Marie Imafidon started Stemettes in 2013, and has helped 40,000 girls realize their STEM potential through hundreds of events across Europe. (Forbes, 5/10/18)

Diversity Tech Stack: How AI Will Make Our Workplace Fair. The “Diversity Tech Stack” is a compilation of proven technologies that have proven enhanced diversity outcomes in the hiring and promotion processes with global clients. (Forbes, 5/10/18)

Techies: portraits of Silicon Valley diversity. Helena Price, a photographer living in San Francisco, has compiled a series of 100 portraits and interviews of underrepresented communities working in tech. (The Gaurdian, 5/9/18)

Is Technology the Key to Ending Disparities in U.S.? TV One Teamed with the National Urban League (NUL) on Tuesday, May 8 to produce the groundbreaking news special, 2018 State of Black America Town Hall. (Washington Informer, 5/9/18)

FIRST Robotics Championship Boosts Diversity. STEM competition urges kids from underserved communities to push their boundaries, build their technical acumen and prepare for future careers. (U.S. News and World Report, 5/9/18)

Amazon employees are outraged by their company’s opposition to a plan to add more diversity to its board. Tensions surfaced last week on an employee email thread following Amazon’s opposition to a shareholder proposal that would require its board to formally consider women and minority candidates when selecting new board members (Recode, 5/8/18).

Building the Black Silicon Valley near Toronto. Entrepreneur Tamar Huggins wants to reverse Durham’s brain drain and lay down a foundation for a Black future in tech. (NOW, 5/8/18)

Tech’s Race Problem Beyond the Numbers. Opinion piece that outlines factors beyond numbers that should be considered when examining diversity and inclusion in tech. (New York Times, 5/8/18)

Diversity in Silicon Valley? Not Much Has Changed. Article offers an account of the push for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. (Barron’s, 5/8/18)

Racial Diversity in EdTech: Explore Just Some of the Companies with Black and Latinx Founders. First article in a three-part series focuses on just some of the edtech companies with Black and Latinx founders and co-founders. (eLearning Inside, 5/7/18)

The ‘IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME fund’ wants $36 million to invest in black female founders. Arlan Hamilton and her firm, Backstage Capital, are raising a new seed fund for underrepresented founders. (recode, 5/6/18)

You’ll See Greater Success In Scaling Your Business If You Prioritize This One Thing. McKinsey & Company recently revealed just how great an impact diversity can have on an organization’s bottom line, especially in the long term. (Forbes, 5/6/18)

The first rule of being a woman in crypto is you do not talk about being a woman in crypto. In theory, the crypto industry offers women a new opportunity to engage, in a way neither tech has offered before; but on its current path, crypto is replaying the same inequities for women. (Quartz, 5/5/18)

VCs Give Tech Industry an F on Diversity—Here’s How to Fix That. Five founders, CEOs and venture capitalists of varying races and genders sat down with Fortune deputy digital editor Kristen Bellstrom to discuss what tech can do better at the Collision conference in New Orleans. (Observer, 5/4/18)

This Digital Inclusion Index Surveys Silicon Valley’s Whiteness. The National Urban League’s latest report on inequality takes aim at the digital economy. (Fast Company, 5/4/18)

How Racist Trolls Tried To Disrupt Teens’ NASA Competition Bid. Three high school students who were attacked online by racist trolls after making it into the final rounds of a NASA competition, have now been awarded a $4,000 grant by the Mayor of D.C. to continue their work. (Black Enterprise, 5/4/18)

Report finds blacks are hurt by technology gap. Hiring in the digital sector doesn’t reflect the nation’s diversity, according to the National Urban League. (5/4/18)

Tech companies not hiring blacks despite ownership rates. African-Americans are among the top owners of mobile devices, but aren’t being considered when it’s time for social media and technology companies to hire. (Seattle Times, 5/3/18)

IT Pros Are More Equipped to Address Diversity Than You’d Think. Diversity and inclusion require problem identification and problem-solving, two skills that IT professionals are actually really great at. (Information Week, 5/3/18)

The Congressional Black Caucus says some Silicon Valley companies have ‘gone backwards’ on diversity.  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus visit Silicon Valley tech companies with a more forceful approach that in 2017 and 2015. (The Verg, 5/3/18)

Innovative tech platform Blacture launches in Pittsburgh to accelerate black culture. Through Blacture, a newly created platform that includes technology, health care, financial services, job creation and urban development, Pras Michél wants to accelerate African-American culture and give a voice to an underserved population. (Next Pittsburgh, 5/3/18)

Diversity to be celebrated at this year’s Techstars Startup Week. This year’s fourth Techstars Startup Week will celebrate the diversity of Columbus’ startup culture, organizers said. (The Columbus Dispatch, 5/3/18)

Adding diversity, Develop(her) helps women join the tech industry. Dominated by male employees, Grand Circus is working to help train more women to work in the tech industry and to help create a more diverse workforce. (Fox 17 Online, 5/4/18)

A US tech company promised its H-1B workers $8,000 a month but paid them $800. A California-based IT company has come under fire for misusing H-1B visas, underlining the small but worrying phenomenon of hiring foreign talent as cheap white collar labour. (Quartz, 5/2/18)

Diversity and inclusion efforts in tech have stalled due to ‘diversity fatigue.’  The notion of fatigue may ring true for HR departments that feel they don’t have the resources to institute a strong, long-term D&I program. (HRDive, 5/2/18)

Uber’s new chief diversity officer has this suggestions for developing a more inclusive mindset.  Article highlight’s Lee’s approach to inclusion, which is grounded in reflecting on one’s own cultural orientation. (Quartz at Work, 5/2/18)

Intel Corporation’s Pia Wilson-Body wants young people excited about technology. Wilson-Body discusses Intel’s partnership with PUSHTech2020 to increase inclusion and diversity in the workplace (Rollingout, 5/1/18)

Achieving Diversity Demands Less Talk and More Action. And Good Intentions Alone Won’t Do It.  Article provides three actionable steps if  your diversity program is coming up short. (Entrepreneur, 5/1/18)

Hirekind Leaves No Excuses For Lack Of Diversity In Tech. Hirekind tech considers the needs, preferences, and pain points of talent and partners about the recruiting process, and converting that information into meaningful indicators of work culture so that the matching algorithms are  holistic and substantial in an AI platform. (Forbes, 5/1/18)

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APRIL, 2018

12 Ways Your Company Can Prioritize Diversity. Members of the Forbes Technology Council offer strategies to increase diversity in tech. (Forbes, 4/30/18)

Black lawmakers visit Silicon Valley to press Apple, Twitter and other tech giants on diversity.  Top black lawmakers are paying a visit Silicon Valley technology companies as they continue their crusade to improve Silicon Valley’s hiring practices and train a new generation of diverse engineers and entrepreneurs. (The Washington Post, 4/30/18)

PayPal gains in diversity but top managers still mostly white, male. PayPal publicly released its government-mandated diversity reports for the first time Friday, showing small gains for women and people of color in its executive ranks in the past year, but still an overwhelmingly white and male top management. (Reveal, 4/30/18)

Commentary: Wake up, white men, it’s time to stop talking and start acting on diversity. Author argues that it is incumbent upon white men to proactively and enthusiastically recruit women and people of color into the tech industry. (Brinkwire, 4/28/18)

The 2017 TechCrunch Include Progress Report. TechCrunch reports out on its Includes activities that cover diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. (TechCrunch, 4/27/18)

Meet Three Latina Tech Founders Challenging Diversity Statistics. Article profiles three Latina tech founders to learn more about their companies and backgrounds. (Crunchbase, 4/27/18)

Microsoft India forum brings diversity and inclusion to the forefront. Microsoft India on Friday organized its 11th annual diversity and inclusion conference, which focuses on the power of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in driving innovation, growth and societal impact. (The Economic Times, 4/27/18)

Howard West Expands to Further Expand Tech Diversity. Starting in the fall of 2018, Howard and Google will broaden Howard West to cover a full academic year and also expanded to additional historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). (The University Network, 4/27/18)

Pinterest Wants to Diversity Your Search Results. A new search tool on Pinterest aims to surface more content showing people of all skin tones when you search for beauty tips and products. (Wired, 4/26/18)

The Congressional Black Caucus is checking on tech’s progress in minority hiring and retention. Black lawmakers will visit Silicon Valley  to talk to Apple, Square, PayPal and others about workplace diversity. (Recode, 4/26/18)

We sued the government for Silicon Valley diversity data. Article explains the step-by-step process that Reveal took to secure Silicon Valley diversity data. (Reveal, 4/26/18)

How Slack Got Ahead in Diversity. Slack has been outperforming other Silicon Valley companies when it comes to employing minority employees, according to the organization’s latest diversity report. (The Atlantic, 4/26/18)

These are the 10 tech companies with the most diverse boards. Article reports on the Boardlist’s list of tech companies that have the greatest diversity on boards. (CNBC, 4/25/18)

How D.C.’s EnrichHer is Breaking Down Barriers for Both Women Entrepreneurs and Investors. EnrichHER helps women-led businesses find capital through a crowdfunding platform and breaks down barriers to entry for people with little disposable income to become investors by letting them donate to a startup’s crowdfunding campaign. (American Inno, 4/25/18)

Diversity: It’s About Inclusion. Unrealistic entry-level job requirements, black-hoodie hacker image problems are among the ‘uncomfortable conversations’ needed to remedy cybersecurity’s diversity gap. (Dark Reading, 4/25/18)

Tech has no moral code. It is everyone’s job now to fight for one. Article expresses the need for the tech industry to reflect on the work they do in its broader social context and work to meet the needs of society. (The Guardian, 4/25/18)

Uber’s diversity report shows mild gains for women in tech jobs. “We still have a lot of work to do,” Uber said Tuesday as it released its latest company diversity report, revealing that women made mild gains in tech jobs over the last year at the ride-sharing giant. (The Mercury, News 4/24/18)

In wooing Amazon, North Carolina offers HBCUs as diversity fix. North Carolina has a not-so-secret weapon in its hunt for Amazon’s and Apple’s new campuses – and for any other companies in a tech industry that says it is hungry to reverse a poor track record on diversity: arguably the nation’s largest system of historically black colleges and universities. (WRAL, 4/22/18)

‘Safe space’ for white men offered at SF diversity workshop. Paul Mann runs workshops that create a “safe space” for white men to talk about how they can better advocate for women and people of color through the company he founded, Stepping Up. (San Francisco Chronicle, 4/20/18)

The 20-year-old entrepreneur is a lie. Data from the Census Bureau and the IRS show the average age of successful business founders is 42. (MIT Management, 4/20/18)

Upping Your Diversity Game: Tech That Enables a More Diverse Talent Pool. Article addresses how technology can help diversify the tech industry. (Business News Daily, 4/19/18).

Meet The Woman Connecting The Dots Between Investors and Underrepresented Founders. Bahiyah Robinson is building on-ramps for underrepresented founders to access a network of investors (government, public sector, angel, VC and private equity). (Forbes, 4/19/18)

Facebook Already Has Our Data. Can It Use It to Combat Racism? Interview with Black Lives Matter founder Yeshimabeit Milner about the responsible use of data can improve the lives of underrepresented groups, and steps companies like Facebook can take to ensure their data is used positively without being used too broadly. (Slate, 4/19/18)

Amazon’s visas for foreign-born workers surge 78% as H-1B approvals shift from Indian IT firms to US tech companies. Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Google and other tech firms are winning more H-1B visas than in years past. (Geekwire, 4/19/18)

Meet Angela Roseboro, Global Head Of Diversity At Dropbox. After 20 years in financial services, Roseboro recently pivoted to tech as Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at the file-hosting service giant, Dropbox. (Forbes, 4/18/18)

Lobbying group for Amazon, Google, Facebook hires staffer to head diversity efforts. Internet Association, a group that lobbies on behalf of major technology companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Google, is hiring a new counsel and director of diversity and inclusion to improve minority representation. (The Hill, 4/18/18)

Tech Talent Charter aims to tackle diversity outside of London. Tech Talent Charter (TTC) has begun reaching out to companies outside of London in a bid to grow the number of firms committed to driving diversity in the technology industry outside of the capital’s ecosystem. (ComputerWeekly.com, 4/18/18)

Diversity in tech – a trans woman perspective. A personal story from one trans woman about the tech sector’s attitude towards diversity in the workplace. (diginomica, 4/18/18)

Where are the Latina tech founders? Article lists Latina entrepreneurs who have raised more than $1 million in funding. (CAREMESSAGE, 4/17/18)

Q1 2018 global diversity investment report: Investing trends in female founders. Examines venture and seed investment trends in female-founded startups over the last five quarters, examining more than 9,119 venture deals and 6,802 seed deals for companies with founders associated. (TechCrunch, 4/17/18)

Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield details approach to sustaining an inclusive workforce. Butterfield discusses Slack’s tactics to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace. (TechCrunch, 4/17/18)

Tech startups should tackle diversity, inclusion right away, experts say. Entrepreneurs will hear about the importance of addressing diversity and inclusion early at the Pittsburgh for the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup International Finals and the IEEE N3XT Frontier Tech Keynotes. (Tribe Live, 4/16/18)

Role models needed in technology to promote greater diversity.  Article highlights a British Computer Society (BCS) study on diversity in tech and calls on more role models to address the issue. (Data Economy, 4/16/18)

Morgan Stanley doubles the number of start-ups in a program to develop women and multicultural entrepreneurs. Ten women and minority-led start-ups make up the second-annual class in a Morgan Stanley program aimed at developing entrepreneurs, which includes a clean energy company, two entertainment-oriented services, health and beauty enterprises, a lab testing service and a financial app. (CNBC, 4/16/18)

Facebook’s (and tech’s) other problem: lack of diversity | Opinion. The most significant takeaway from two consecutive days of congressional hearings on Facebook was the question about an egregious lack of diversity in the technology sector. (The Inquirer Daily News, 4/16/18)

Africa can lead the world in new technologies. Article addresses how the Pan-African economy has the opportunity to embrace emerging technologies and generate the infrastructure required to support a robust and well-equipped future workforce. (Business Day, 4/16/18)

Angela Rye, Wanda Durant talk diversity in Silicon Valley at PUSH Tech 2020. With the PUSH Tech 2020 Summit, Jackson and the Rainbow Push Coalition have used the platform to help increase diversity in tech. (Rollingout, 4/14/18)

Tesla and beyond: Hidden problems of Silicon Valley. Podcast addresses diversity data in Silicon Valley, pay equity, and why many women of color feel out of place t the office and the shortcomings of company diversity efforts.   most tech companies get low marks on diversity, and makes these findings come alive with help from a choir. (Reveal, 4/14/18)

What women of color in the tech industry want.  Article discusses the need for greater advocacy  on the job,  funding for  ideas, and attention to successes for women of color in the tech sector. (Reveal, 4/14/18)

Here’s how Seattle-area tech companies are chipping away at bias against women. A few midsize tech companies in the Seattle area have had some success in changing the gender makeup of their workforce, in part, by treating diversity challenges much the same way as tech challenges. (Seattle Times, 4/12/18)

Cambridge Analytica’s Abuse Shows Why Diversity In Tech Matters. Opinion piece that argues that Cambridge Analytica provided the means for the Trump campaign to activate likely supporters and influence minorities not to vote at all. (Huffington Post, 4/12/18)

Lawmakers Press Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s Diversity Problem. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to account for his company’s poor record of workforce diversity at Wednesday’s hearing before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (Slate, 4/11/18)

12 tech companies with the smallest pay gaps. Salary comparison site Comparably has compiled a list of the dozen tech companies with the smallest pay gaps — each has a gap of less than 3 percent for men and women with similar jobs. (CNBC, 4/10/18)

The Next Wave Of Tech-For-Good Companies Are Being Built By Women And Minorities. A new report looks at the demographics of so-called “tech nonprofits.” (FastCompany, 4/10/18)

‘Depressing and inspiring’: Study finds 5% of Washington tech companies founded by women. New research from the Washington Technology Industry Association shows how wide the gender gap is among the state’s startup founders. (GeekWire, 4/9/18)

Key Players to attend Culture Shifting Weekend Silicon Valley to boost Diversity in Tech.  Industry heavyweights and influential decision makers are gearing up for the latest installment of Culture Shifting Weekend in Silicon Valley. (Urban Geek, 4/6/18)

Jesse Jackson calls out Silicon Valley ’empty promises’ on diversity. Rev. Jesse Jackson and his nonprofit organization Rainbow Push Coalition have sent an email to 25 large technology companies including Google, Facebook, Tesla and Oracle calling on them to release information on their hiring practices, board diversity measures and employee retention statistics in addition to their latest diversity data. (Reveal News, 4/6/18)

Tech X Oak Summit Launches for Founders of Color. Oakland Startup Network of the Kapor Center in partnership with Black & Brown Founders is launching the Tech x Oakland (Tech x OAK) Summit, a two-day gathering for founders of color created by founders of color. (Black Enterprise, 4/5/18)

Closing the Tech Diversity Gap: No Simple Solution. Industry leaders and researchers discuss how to get underrepresented groups more involved in STEM. (U.S. News, 4/5/18)

raceAhead: Eliminating Bias Through Checklists. Demonstrates how checklists for routine tasks can yield extraordinary results and may help promote a more diverse tech workforce. (Yahoo News, 4/3/18)

Jesse Jackson: How Dr. King Lived is Why He Died. “Dr. King’s spirit has been our moral guidepost for 50 years.”  Rev. Jesse Jackson reflects on the life, passing, and legacy of his friend and mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (The New York Times, 4/3/18)

Jesse Jackson calls on big tech to redouble diversity efforts — and figure out what’s not working. Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson is calling on companies to redouble efforts to include more women, African Americans and Hispanics and release better information on the progress they are making. (USA Today, 4/3/18)

How to Foster Diversity in Science through Storytelling. Article explains how storytelling can be used to foster greater diversity and inclusion in the sciences. (Scientific American, 4/3/18)

Jesse Jackson thinks Big Tech needs better diversity metrics. He’s right. Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, who has previously called the push for diversity in tech “the next step in the civil rights movement,” thinks companies can and should be doing more. (Fast Company, 4/2/18)

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, global executive at Google, talks diversity in tech. Butterfield-Jones explains what Google is doing to make sure they are closing the diversity gap. (Rolling out, 4/2/18)

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MARCH, 2018

How big money can drive diversity in venture capital. The trend toward requiring more diverse governance bodies, whether investment managers or corporate boards, spans from early-stage startups to public company boards. (Tech Crunch, 3/29/18)

Black Girls Code seeks to build diversity in tech. Tech entrepreneur Kimberly Bryant talks about how she empowers African-American girls to take up computer science. (The Christian Science Monitor, 3/28/18)

Black and Hispanic underrepresentation in tech: Its time to change the equation.   Report explores the progress made to increase the representation of underrepresented minorities in tech. (Brookings Institution, 3/28/18)

26 Women of Color Diversifying Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, Media, and Beyond. Article highlights 26 Black women who have has raised $1 million or more in outside capital, breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings along the way. (Vanity Fair, 3/28/18)

The Extreme Geographic Inequality of High-Tech Venture Capital. Article addresses how venture capital investment provides an interesting and disturbing window into geographic inequality in America. (CityLab, 3/27/18)

Intel closing in on major workforce diversity milestone. The chipmaker is near full representation, but its latest diversity report shows that’s not the end goal. (cnet, 3/27/18)

Google defeats lawsuit claiming YouTube censors conservatives. Google has won the dismissal of a lawsuit in California accusing YouTube of censoring conservative content. (Reuters, 3/27/18)

Women In Tech: Educated, Ambitious And Underpaid. Article explores the struggles women have faced in the past and the strides they are making toward changing the future. (Forbes, 3/27/18)

Women and Minorities in Tech, By the Numbers. Article addresses academic training and interviewing practices to explore the lack of diversity in the tech industry (Wired, 3/27/18)

Last chance to apply for new programme tackling diversity in tech. New program offered by TechSPARK, helps tackle the issue of diversity in the South West tech cluster by amplifying underrepresented voices. (TechSpark, 3/26/18)

A coding school and Boys & Girls Clubs tackle tech’s diversity problem: How do you make the industry less white? Article features TalentPath, a new initiative from the coding school Treehouse and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America whose local chapters provide after-school programs to young people in diverse communities across the country. (LA Times, 3/23/18)

Why achieving diversity in tech requires the industry’s ‘cultural fit’ mentality. Article explains how emphasizing cultural fit lead to unconscious biases and compromise diversity. (TechCrunch, 3/23/18)

The Enduring Value of Diversity in Tech. Article reports on the benefits and value of diversity in action demonstrated at Microsoft’s Global MVP Summit (Go Certify, 3/23/18)

Lyft Welcomes Talent & Inclusion and Sustainability Executives. Nilka Thomas joins Lyft as VP of Talent and Inclusion to oversee recruiting, inclusion and diversity and employee relations, while Sam Arons joins as Director of Sustainability to oversee Lyft’s sustainability and climate impact efforts. (Lyft Blog, 3/20/18)

5 Influential African-Americans In Tech. Article highlights African Americans that have been able to break the color barrier in tech.(TechZone 360, 3/19/18)

Melinda Gates on diversity in tech, ending malaria, and the problems money can’t solve.  Interview with Melinda Gates at South by Southwest Gates that includes her work on diversity in technology. (Vox, 3/19/18)

Tech firms not “walking the walk” when it comes to diversity.  Article argues the need for technology companies to consider diversity when making business decisions. (Computer Weekly, 3/19/18)

The compelling business case for gender diverse leadership: A conversation with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, founder and chairman of theBoardList.  Interview with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, founder and CEO of theBoardlist, about how her team is helping tech companies embrace diversity and why it matters. (Geekwire, 3/19/18)

Spotlight on African Women in Tech: Ivy Barley. Article highlights Developers in Vogue, the brainchild of Ivy Barley, that uplifts African women in tech through education. (Borgen Magazine, 3/18/18)

If we want to solve tech’s talent crisis, we need to change how we hire. Article offers tips for enhancing diversity in tech. (Mashable, 3/18/18)

I Can’t Wait For There To Be A Black Elizabeth Holmes. Article explains how when black women are allowed to fail as spectacularly and expensively as Elizabeth Holmes will demonstrate a measure of progress in tech. (Forbes, 3/16/18)

SXSW shines light on tech sector’s ongoing diversity issues. Diversity and inclusion in the technology sector were among the most discussed and debated topics at SXSW 2018, with a number of speaking events and gatherings focusing on the issues. (512tech, 3/16/18)

Minority cybersecurity pros earn $7K less than average, even with more education. Some 32% of cybersecurity professionals of color have experienced workplace discrimination, according to a new report from (ISC)². (TechRepublic, 3/15/18)

How To Accelerate Diversity In Tech: Inaugural #BoardForward Awards. Article highlights theBoardlist, an organization dedicated to accelerating gender diversity on private tech company boards. (Forbes, 3/15/18)

To achieve more equity in the tech industry, we must reframe diversity. Interviews of male software engineers in one Silicon Valley company about diversity raised concerns surrounding problematic corporate cultures – and a fear of going against those publicly. (The Conversation, 3/14/18)

It’s Time To Prioritize Diversity Across Tech. One industry where the need for diverse representation and hiring is apparent is technology. (Forbes, 3/13/18)

An Uber exec just summed up tech’s diversity problem—and solution—in 37 words. Bozoman explains that sexism and racism at work (or anywhere else) is not exclusively the responsibility of women or people of color. (Quartz at Work, 3/13/18)Robots that replicate human bias are enemies to diversity. This article addresses the threats of robots to perpetuating bias. (Financial Times, 3/12/18)

It’s Up to White Men to Improve Tech’s Diversity, Says Uber Exec Bozoma Saint John. Uber’s chief brand officer, Bozoma Saint John, has challenged white, male executives to improve diversity in their workplaces if they see it lacking. (Fortune, 3/12/18)

Microsoft women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints: court documents. Public court filings reveal that women at Microsoft Corp working in U.S.-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016. (Reuters, 3/12/18)

Why these 6 Twitter powerhouses want diversity of company ownership made public. A collective of women investors is calling for leaders of private companies to make public the diversity in their businesses’ ownership structures. (CNBC, 3/12/18)

Congressional Black Caucus pushes tech associations on diversity. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is pushing technology and telecommunications lobbying groups representing major firms like Google, Facebook, AT&T and Verizon to address diversity within the ranks of their policy teams. (The Hill, 3/11/18)

Google Is Trying Too Hard (or Not Hard Enough) to Diversify. The internet giant is being sued by former employees who say the company is going too far with diversity. Other lawsuits accuse it of the opposite. (The New York Times, 3/9/18)

Don’t Play Small: Lessons From The 2018 Black Women Talk Tech Conference. Article summarizes takeaways from keynotes and panels from the Black Women Talk Tech conference. (Forbes, 3/8/18)

SXSW: Companies Leading the Way for Black Tech Entrepreneurs and Professionals. This article addresses how the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference creates great opportunities for black techies. (LinkedIn, 3/8/18)

How Startups Are Using Facebook to Find More Diverse Job Candidates. A new report says the tech industry is still failing at diversity. Here’s how one Facebook group is changing the status quo. (Inc., 3/6/18)

The Best Strategies For Creating A Welcoming Corporate Culture. 14 members of Forbes Technology Council weigh in on what tech companies can do to combat culture issues and ensure their companies are welcoming to diverse new hires. (3/5/18)

Social Inequality Will Not Be Solved By an App. Safiya Umoja Noble discusses how unregulated digital platforms cause serious harm. (Wired, 3/4/18)

Twitter claims it was more diverse in 2017, but that’s not what the data shows. The percentage of non-white and non-Asian employees at Twitter appears to be shrinking, not growing. (Recode, 3/3/18)

Twitter is now specifically focusing on increasing black, Latinx and female representation.  Twitter is updating its approach to diversity and inclusion, which includes specifically looking at increasing the representation of women, black and Latinx people and setting two year diversity goals. (TechCrunch, 3/2/18)

How to address tech’s lack of diversity: Understand it first. Oakland-based Kapor Center this week offered up a framework to help stakeholders do their part to address the lack of diversity in tech. (Mercury News, 3/2/18)

Why Verizon’s CEO is banking on diversity—and asking men to help. Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam is focused on growing the diversity in his ranks, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because he believes it’s key to the company’s success. (CNBC, 3/2/18)

New Lawsuit Exposes Google’s Desperation to Improve Diversity. Google’s diversity efforts have come under fire from an unanticipated source: white male former employees alleging discrimination at Google. (Wired, 3/2/18)

Why Are There Few Women in Tech? Watch a Recruiting Session. New study finds that sexist jokes and imagery, geeky references, a competitive environment, and an absence of women engineers at introductory sessions held by tech companies to recruit new talent intimidated or alienated female recruits. (Wired, 3/1/18)

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FEBRUARY, 2018

Tech industry’s diversity efforts haven’t lived up to promises. A new report explains why. Freada Kapor Klein, the founder of the Level Playing Institute, talks about her experience and the future of diversity in the tech industry. (USA Today, 2/28/18)

How to Raise a World of Shuris: Jessie Woolley-Wilson on What It Takes to Get More Black Women and Girls in STEM. Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning and one of the few black female CEOs in tech, offers perspective on how to foster interest in STEM work; what companies can do to keep and nurture the talent that’s already there; and how she’s trying to make her workplace a more inclusive space for workers of all backgrounds. (The Glowup, 2/27/18)

Silicon Valley Is a Boys Club. But This City Is Surprisingly Good for Women in Tech. Washington, DC is quickly becoming a female-friendly counterpoint to the bro culture of Silicon Valley, with women earning 94.8% of what men earn on average and 41% of tech jobs filled by women (compared to a national average of 26%). (Time, 2/27/18)

This Neuroscientist Uses Art to Fight Hate. Hyphen-Labs’ Ashley Baccus-Clark co-created a VR project that puts users into the body of a black woman. (Vice, 2/26/18)

Ryan Leslie thinks ‘Black Panther’ could inspire a technology revolution for black people. Grammy-nominated artist and tech entrepreneur, Ryan Leslie, speaks about his latest tech innovation, while weighing in on how the record-breaking film, Black Panther, could spark a tech revolution in the black community. (The Grio, 2/26/18)

Harlem Capital Wants To Fund 1,000 Founders Of Color. Harlem Capital Partners is part of the growing wave of investors who bank on influencing the industry’s color paradigm. (Forbes, 2/23/18)

New Guild Aims to Tackle Diversity in Tech Through Roundtable Discussions. The two-year-old nonprofit organization /dev/color, founded by former Pinterest engineer Makinde Adeagbo, has been working to enhance diversity in tech by providing mentors, networking, and help with setting goals.  (Fast Company, 2/23/18)

Google faces lawsuit for firing critic of anti-diversity memo. An engineer claims he was ousted for calling last year’s memo misogynistic. (engadget, 2/22/18)

IBM in Talks to Allow Ex-Diversity Chief to Work for Microsoft. International Business Machines Corp. is moving toward settling non-competition claims against its former chief diversity officer and allowing her to take on a temporarily limited role at rival Microsoft Corp. (Bloomberg, 2/22/18)

Google engineer says he was fired for fighting racism, sexism. A former Google engineer is suing the Internet giant, claiming he was fired for pushing back against racism and sexism in the company’s internal employee forums. (2/21/18)

Google’s Firing of Anti-Diversity Memo Author Was Legal, Labor Regulators Conclude. A lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board concluded that Google’s firing of James Damore, the author of a 10-page memo arguing that the gender imbalance in the tech world had an immutable basis in biology, was legal. The conclusion, laid out in a memo, sided with Google’s argument that Damore had violated its policies against harassment and discrimination. (Fortune, 2/18/18)

‘Strong’ Black Woman? ‘Smart’ Asian Man? The Downside To Positive Stereotypes. Positive stereotypes can make people feel like failures if they don’t fulfill them. (NPR, 2/17/18)

Tech companies should diversify by making their product teams look like their user base. If the tech sector truly placed a priority on hiring actual app users, diverse staff representation would naturally improve. (Quartz, 2/14/18)

IBM Lawsuit Casts Diversity in Starkly Competitive Terms. Armonk, New York-based IBM on Monday sued its former chief diversity officer, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, who left for a similar job at Microsoft Corp. The lawsuit alleges McIntyre violated a one-year non-competition agreement and could disclose IBM’s diversity data and hiring plans. (US News & World Report, 2/14/18)

“We’re in a diversity crisis”: Black in AI’s founder on what’s poisoning the algorithms in our lives. Microsoft researcher Timnit Gehru looks around the AI world and sees almost no one who looks like her. That’s a problem for all of us. (MIT Review, 2/14/18)

Little-Known Black History Facts: This Black Woman Helped Develop GPS Technology. Gladys West never knew that her work at a U.S. Navy base in Virginia back in the 1950s and ’60s would play a pivotal role in creating a popular form of technology that is now incorporated into cell phones, cars, and social media. (Black Enterprise, 2/12/18)

8 Ways To Make Real Progress On Tech’s Diversity Problem. Leaders from Snap, Google, and more share their ideas for making 2018 the year that tech finally becomes more inclusive. (Fast Company, 2/12/18)

Lyft riders can now add to fares and donate to Black Girls Code. Lyft riders can round up fares and donate the extra cash to Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that introduces girls of color to computer science with the goal of building a new generation of coders. (USA Today, 2/9/18)

Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You’re a White Guy. When the person in the photo is a white man, the facial recognition technology is right 99 percent of the time. But the darker the skin, the more errors arise — up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender. (The New York Times, 2/9/18)

Beyond diversity hiring: How Google’s Reena Jana is creating a more inclusive workplace. Reena Jana helps Google hire more women, veterans, minorities and people from the LGBTQ community — both inside the company and out. (NBC News, 2/8/18)

Whose boats is tech really lifting? In October 2017, Reps. Barbara Lee and G.K. Butterfield traveled to Silicon Valley to deliver a message to the executives of major tech companies: They need to get serious about diversifying their workforces and adding black members to their boards. (Politico, 2/7/18)

Microsoft, Adobe and Mattel among 40 companies pledging to make workplace changes to help women succeed. At the annual MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles this morning, more than 40 business leaders took to the stage to pledge to make changes to help women in the workplace. (CNBC, 2/7/18)

How These Black Founders Are Building Startups Without Investors. Research shows that black founders face disproportionate barriers to funding despite enormous economic potential, but several still push ahead. (Fast Money, 3/7/18).

White men may be biggest winners when a city snags Amazon’s HQ2. Amazon may be hosting the biggest – and most economically important – reality show ever as city mayors compete to snag the retailer’s second headquarters. And just like TV, it has a diversity problem. (The Conversation, 2/6/18)

What inclusivity really means, from the woman who held the highest tech job in America. Tech and science are notoriously male-dominated fields, which means girls and women interested in STEM lack powerful female role models. (Quartz, 2/6/18)

Job automation will hurt women first but will ultimately hurt men more. In late 2017, the McKinsey Global Institute estimated that automation and other new technology could mean that 375 million people around the world will need to change occupations to avoid being completely put out of work by machines. (Quartz, 2/6/18)

Facebook’s Sandberg Says #MeToo Movement Hasn’t Gone Far Enough. Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says the #MeToo movement, which has spurred women to share stories of sexual harassment, can spark lasting change in workplace policies and culture. (Bloomberg, 2/6/18)

How Silicon Valley Came to Be a Land of ‘Bros’ Interview with Emily Chang, author of the new book, “Brotopia.” (The New York Times, 2/5/18)

African American museum goes high tech. Google’s Black Googler Network used 3D scanners to construct a new interactive installation for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. (Axios, 2/2/18)

Survey Finds Conservatives Feel Out of Place in Silicon Valley. In recent weeks, uproar over Silicon Valley’s alleged bias against conservatives has intensified—from Project Veritas secretly filming Twitter employees to fired Google engineer James Damore suing his former employer for allegedly discriminating against whites, males, and conservatives at a company that is 69 percent white and 56 percent male. (Wired, 2/2/18)

Women Once Ruled the Computer World. When Did Silicon Valley Become Brotopia? How the tech industry sabotaged itself and its own pipeline of talent. (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2/1/18)

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JANUARY, 2018

Google expands Howard West to train more black coders. Howard University and Google will expand Howard West to a full academic year and include partner HBCUs. (USA Today, 1/30/18)

UK government signs Tech Talent Charter diversity initiative. The government has committed to sign the diversity initiative Tech Talent Charter in an aim to close the gender diversity gap in the technology industry. (ComputerWeekly.com, 1/30/18)

States Partner to Get Girls Interested in Cyber, IT. A coalition of states are partnering with the SANS Institute to offer training to young women interested in cybersecurity and information technology careers. (Government Technology, 1/30/18)

For His Next Act, Ken Chenault Turns His Focus on Silicon Valley. Retired chief executive Kenneth I. Chenault of American Express will be chairman and managing director of General Catalyst Partner, one of the most successful venture firms. (The New York Times, 1/29/18)

Building Apps for Building Wealth: Meet Angel Rich, Founder of WealthyLife. This podcast features Angel Rich, who discusses her company that teaches financial literacy to people of all ages through games. (EdTechTimes, 1/26/18)

The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google. Fired Google engineer James Damore says he was vilified and harassed for questioning what he calls the company’s liberal political orthodoxy, particularly around the merits of diversity. Now outspoken diversity advocates at Google say that they are being targeted by a small group of their coworkers in an effort to silence discussions about racial and gender diversity. (Wired, 1/26/18)

Black Tech Nation officially launched to support Pittsburgh’s black tech community. Pittsburgh-area residents Cassandra Brown and her husband, Curtis, have worked in tech for at least 15 years. (Public Source, 1/26/18)

How Diversity Training Infuriates Men and Fails Women. For most of its history, diversity training has been pretty much a cudgel, pounding white men into submission with a mix of finger-wagging and guilt-mongering–now companies are searching for more effective, less infuriating alternatives. (Time, 1/25/18)

What Does a Lack of Diversity Mean for our Future of Technology? The imbalance in STEM careers is silencing a critical proportion of the human talent pool. More women and more ethnicities need to be a part of its development because diversity plays a key role in innovation. (Edgy Labs, 1/26/18)

Airbnb brings on American Express CEO to board of directors. Airbnb has appointed Kenneth I. Chenault, the outgoing CEO of American Express, to its board of directors. The announcement comes one week after Facebook appointed Chenault to its board of directors. (TechCrunch, 1/25/18)

Women leaders in federal tech urge developing diverse talent pool. During an AFFIRM panel discussion Thursday, several women in federal technology management positions called on hiring officials to help broaden the diversity of the federal workforce, and to empower women to climb the career ladder at their agencies. (Federal News Radio, 1/25/18)

Want a more diverse workforce? Hire bootcamp graduates. Coding bootcamps are producing more than double the number of graduates as the U.S.’s largest traditional CS programs, and those graduates are far more diverse. (IT World, 1/25/18)

African entrepreneurs convene in Silicon Valley. The African Diaspora Investment Symposium will convene African entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley companies about investing in projects that impact Africa. (KALW, 1/24/18)

The lobbying group that represents Facebook, Google, and Uber is hiring a director of diversity in tech. The Internet Association — a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group that represents Google, Facebook, Netflix, Uber, and dozens of other tech companies on public policy issues — is hiring a director of diversity and inclusion.  (Mashable, 1/24/18)

‘She’s Not Laughing’: In Davos, Taking on Sexual Harassment. Looking back on nearly three decades in the tech sector, Peggy Johnson recalled how she and other women used to steer clear of leering colleagues by taking the long way to their desks, and how they felt pressured to laugh at inappropriate jokes in the office. (New York Times, 1/23/18)

More women than men could lose their jobs to automation. A new report from the World Economic Forum says that could widen gender inequality, but job training could help solve the problem. (CNET, 1/23/18)

Uber hires chief diversity officer. Uber has hired Bo Young Lee as its first-ever chief diversity and inclusion officer, following a recommendation from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s report on addressing culture issues at the company, Recode reports. (Axios, 1/23/18)

Tech Sector Diversity: More Rules May Not Be the Answer. Tech workers largely remain male and white. But increasing diversity is a complex issue that doesn’t have only one solution. (Bloomberg, 1/23/18)

Why inclusion in the Google Arts & Culture selfie feature matters. When Google Arts & Culture’s new selfie-matching feature went viral earlier this week, many people of color found that their results were limited or skewed toward subservient and exoticized figures. In other words, it pretty much captured the experience of exploring most American or European art museums as a minority. (1/21/18)

Diversifying the blockchain. It’s common knowledge that the tech and financial industries are not diverse and inclusive places. So when you combine the two and out comes blockchain, what you get from a diversity viewpoint isn’t pretty. (TechCrunch, 1/21/18)

Amazon Won’t Ask Your Old Salary, a Rule That May Actually Hurt Women. Amazon has promised to hire at least 100,000 new employees in the US this year. And it won’t ask any of them about their prior job history. (Nextgov, 1/21/18)

Google’s CEO has no problem releasing employees from nondisclosure agreements so women can speak out. Google’s top executives say they don’t want employees, particularly women, to be forcibly silenced when it comes to speaking out about workplace issues like sexual harassment. (Recode, 1/19/18)

How Your Life Experience Could Help You Land a Great Job. Article explores how working through setbacks, learning from mistakes, tolerating disappointment, and hanging in for the long haul can contribute to professional success. (Fortune, 1/18/18)

Diversity, education key issues for Utah’s tech industry. While the rise of Utah’s tech sector graphs like a hockey stick, leaders in the industry aren’t squeamish about identifying what factors could derail growth or send it on a downward spiral (Desert News, 1/19/18).

Black Tech Founder Presence Increased at CES 2018…But We Need More. Article speaks to the benefits of Black founders participating in CES as speakers, exhibitors, and to network. (Black Enterprise, 1/18/18)

Cox Enterprises Partners with Startup Runway Foundation To Present 2018 Women & Minority Founder Grants. Two $10K 2018 Grants for Minority & Women Founders Fuel Atlanta Innovation, Job Creation, and Inclusive Startup Community (Business Wire, 1/18/18)

Here’s what happens when inclusion is factored into Amazon’s list of 20 HQ2 city finalists. Whether or not Amazon can bring value to a city is really predicated on how much it contributes to and accelerates that place’s inclusivity—defined as how growth is distributed among different types of individuals. (Brookings, 1/18/18)

Facebook appoints American Express CEO to board of directors. Facebook announced today the addition of Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, to its board of directors. His appointment becomes effective Feb. 5, 2018. (TechCrunch, 1/18/18)

Google Researcher Ousted After Allegations of Sexual Harassment. Google said a researcher has left the company after allegations of sexual harassment, the latest reaction to widening evidence of misconduct across the technology industry and other sectors. (Bloomberg, 1/18/18)

How Job Listing Language Could Be Adding to Silicon Valley’s Gender Divide. Textio analyzed 25,000 job ads and found the majority of the companies analyzed tended to use language that appeals more to men. (QKED, 1/18/18)

‘Alt-right’ escalates war against Silicon Valley, pledges to expose bias against conservatives Far-right conservatives are escalating their campaign against Silicon Valley with a new series of volleys against the social media gatekeepers that control the flow of information in the digital age. (USA Today, 1/18/18)

How Low Can They Go? Let’s End Silicon Valley’s ‘Pink Ghettos’. A single token woman on a board or in the general counsel office won’t address systemic sexism and sexual harassment. (Above the Law, 1/18/18)

H-1B: Foreign citizens make up nearly three-quarters of Silicon Valley tech workforce, report says. With the debate over immigration to the U.S. as fiery as ever, a new analysis suggests that Silicon Valley would be lost without foreign-born technology workers. (The Mercury News, 1/17/18)

Google Launches New IT Course, Offers Access to Jobs and Scholarships Google and online learning giant Coursera unveiled a new certificate program to train Americans, including those without college degrees, for entry-level IT jobs. (Forbes, 1/16/18)

Successful African-American Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Feels ‘Like A Black Unicorn’ shares his experience as one of few successful black entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley his startup, STEAM Role, which he founded to promote more success for African-Americans and others in tech. (Forbes, 1/15/18)

Rwanda is pushing gender diversity in tech. Should Silicon Valley take notes? Being inclusive of women is a requirement for Rwanda’s companies, and for years, the country has used quotas, mentorship programs, internships and national campaigns as part of the singular mission of getting more women into the tech industry. (San Francisco Chronicle, 1/13/18)

Silicon Valley Will Pay the Price for Its Lefty Leanings. This opinion piece explores the lawsuit alleging that Google discriminated against conservatives and explains the position that it won’t end well for Google. (Bloomberg View, 1/12/18)

From Real Estate To Tech Startup As An Over-40, African-American Female Founder. Article tells the story of how one woman transitioned from a stable corporate job to the startup world. (Forbes, 1/11/18)

Why cultural diversity regardless of race is also key to a company’s success. This article makes the case for why companies should expand their view on diversity and inclusion. (Inc., 1/11/18)

Silicon Valley’s Forgotten Minority: Why Asians remain absent from the tech industry’s highest echelons. New research shows that Asians and Asian Americans remain conspicuously absent in the executive suite. (New Republic, 1/11/18)

Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley for Riches Back Home. An exodus triggered by abundant capital, growing innovation and flourishing career opportunities. (Bloomberg, 1/10/18)

How Black Female Founders Can Finally Break Through The Fundraising Gap In 2018. This article offers strategies for Black female founders as they pursue funding. (Forbes, 1/9/18)

Half of women in STEM jobs experience discrimination, says Pew. A Pew Research Center report highlights just how prevalent gender discrimination and harassment are in STEM fields. (cnet, 1/9/18)

Under pressure, Trump team backs off proposal to cull foreign tech workforce. Under intense pressure from the business and technology communities, the Trump administration appears to be backing away from a policy change that could have forced foreign tech workers out of the country. (McClatchy, 1/9/18)

How I Fought the Lack of Diversity at My Silicon Valley Tech Job. It didn’t take me long to realize I couldn’t play a white guy as well as a white guy. (Teen Vogue, 1/8/18)

Two Suits Catch Google in Middle of Gender Debate. Former Google female employees last week sued the company for allegedly discriminating against women. On Monday, former male employees sued Google for allegedly discriminating against conservative white men. (Wall Street Journal, 1/8/18)

The Iranian Entrepreneur Tackling Silicon Valley’s Diversity Problem With ‘Persian Women In Tech’. Sepideh Nasiri, an entrepreneur originally from Iran, founded Persian Women In Tech (PWIT), which aims to alter tech’s dreary statistics of women founders and engineers, with a focus on those of Iranian descent. (Forbes, 1/8/18)

James Damore just filed a class action lawsuit against Google, saying it discriminates against white male conservatives. James Damore, a former Google engineer who was fired in August after posting a memo to an internal Google message board arguing that women may not be equally represented in tech because they are biologically less capable of engineering, has filed a class action lawsuit against the company in Santa Clara Superior Court in Northern California. (TechCruch, 1/8/18)

What These 5 Women Are Doing to Solve Tech’s Diversity Problem. Adweek highlights five women working to change the tech industry’s game. (Adweek, 1/8/18)

Watch Eddy Cue talk about Apple’s need for diversity, his 29 years at the company, more [Video]. Eddy Cue discusses what can be done to give women the same opportunities as men in technology fields, as well as his time at Apple and the company’s growing need for diversity. (9to5 Mac, 1/7/18)

PopCom Captures Customer Data Through Facial Recognition Software. Founder Dawn Dickson realized that there was a huge problem in the market when it came to customer data and kiosks–there are more than 120 million Americans using vending machines and kiosks daily, and with more than 8 million machines in the market and only 1 million are considered smart.

This is how women are really faring in Chicago tech. Now, as the nation conducts a long-overdue discussion of workplace inequality, it’s valuable to examine how things have progressed—or not—in Chicago tech. (Crain’s Chicago Business, 1/5/18).

Sexual Harassment Inc: How the #MeToo movement is sparking a wave of start-ups. Lisa Gelobter has had male engineers she works with say they’re surprised she knows software programs like Shockwave and Flash. She’s heard co-workers wonder whether she could follow a technical conversation. And she recalls how when she studied computer science, she and other women felt they had to prove themselves more than their male classmates. (Washington Post, 1/5/18)

How to Buck the Brogrammer Culture and Get Women into STEM. To develop an interest in programming, girls need a low-cost, low-pressure space to play and experiment with code. (Wired, 1/4/18)

The Ed-Tech Entrepreneur Diversifying Silicon Valley. Imagine you’re a black woman pitching a startup. You look different. You talk different. A table of white investors has never seen someone who looks like you and who’s been successful before. All these things are working against you. Do you let that stop you, or do you just say so what? (Wired, 1/4/18)

Revised gender-pay lawsuit faults Google for asking hires about their prior salaries. A revised gender-pay lawsuit seeking class-action status against Google faults the online search giant for asking new hires about their prior salaries, a practice that is now banned in California. (Associated Press, 1/3/18)

Disney/ABC, Ascential, Facebook, Google, Oath and MediaVillage Take a Stand in Supporting Diversity at the Consumer Electronics Show. AdvancingDiversity today announced MediaVillage, Disney/ABC, Ascential, Facebook, Google, and Oath as title partners of the inaugural Advancing Diversity Honors (Globe Newswire, 1/3/18)

Why Hip-Hop Stars and Tech Gurus are Exactly The Same.This is the story of how hip-hop and software development grew up around the same block. (LinkedIn, 1/2/18)

There won’t be any women in top keynote slots at CES, after all. Following a flurry of criticism a month ago about the lack of female keynote speakers at the 2018 CES, the Consumer Technology Association, which puts on the show, promised that people should “stay tuned” for “more big announcements.” (Fast Company, 1/2/18)

“Oh My God, This Is So F—ed Up”: Inside Silicon Valley’s Secretive, Orgiastic Dark Side. Some of the most powerful men in Silicon Valley are regulars at exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties—gatherings they describe not as scandalous, or even secret, but as a bold, unconventional lifestyle choice (Vanity Fair, 1/2/18)

Iceland becomes first country to legalise equal payA new law making it illegal to pay men more than women has taken effect in Iceland. (Al Jazeera News, 1/1/18)

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DECEMBER, 2017

5 Ways To Be Visible Figures In Tech In The New Year. Now is an exciting time to be a woman in tech…it is important for women to be more visible in their workplace and beyond. (Forbes, 12/31/17)

Tech and Racial Bias. As a person of color and a parent, I, too, worry about the implications that racial bias has for me, my family and society. (New York Times, 12/29/17)

Workplace robots could increase inequality, warns IPPR. The government must intervene to stop automation driving up wage inequality, a think tank has warned. (BBC, 12/28/17)

Corporate America’s Gender Gap: Few Women in the C-SuiteThe C-suite is corporate America’s big sex scandal. Women hold fewer than a quarter of senior executive titles, new research finds. The tsunami of harassment exposés makes the paucity of women in leading positions even more egregious. (New York Times, 12/19/17)

It’s moving slowly, but Pinterest and other tech companies are becoming less white and less male. Slowly but surely, Pinterest is getting more diverse. (Recode, 12/19/17)

Three Recommendations To Help Solve Tech’s Diversity Problem. Strategies include amending the recruiting process, tapping into job boards dedicated to diversity, and strengthening higher education and employer relationships. (Forbes, 12/19/17)

Our region needs tech workers. So why do so many of our skilled graduates look elsewhere for jobs?. Many people see improving our roads and Metro as a shared goal that our region can rally around. I’d like to add another rallying point to this conversation: developing and expanding our region’s digital technology workforce. (Washington Post, 12/18/17)

How A Female Engineer Built A Public Case Against A Sexual Harasser In Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley engineer Niniane Wang wanted to be certain that when she came forward the man responsible paid a price. (NPR, 12/13/17)

How Language in Job Listings Could Widen Silicon Valley’s Gender Divide. Use of certain phrases like “whatever it takes” or “tackle” in job postings could affect who applies for tech jobs, possibly contributing to the lopsided gender makeup of the industry, new research suggests. (Wall Street Journal, 12/13/17)

CPS, City Colleges expand coding programs with help from Apple. Starting this spring, more Chicago Public Schools students will have a new language to learn: the one spoken by iPhone apps and Apple’s iOS operating system. (Chicago Tribune, 12/12/17)

The First Women in Tech Didn’t Leave-Men Pushed Them Out. Sexism in the tech industry is as old as the tech industry itself. (Wall Street Journal, 12/10/17)

Facebook Offers Its Harassment Policy as a Guide for Tech Firms. Facebook is making public its internal sexual harassment policy, including a strongly worded clause that protects employees who report misconduct. (Bloomberg, 12/8/17)

Mine the Gap: More Women Embrace Mining Careers. Companies’ efforts to diversify their workforces and advances in technology mean more women are heading to remote mines. (Wall Street Journal, 12/8/17)

Silicon Valley’s Wild West Culture Makes It Harder To Root Out Sexual Misconduct. Women in tech tell BuzzFeed News that startups’ deprioritization of human resources leaves employees vulnerable. (Buzzfeed, 12/7/17)

Nearly 80 percent of female tech founders have experienced sexual harassment at work or know someone who has. More than three-quarters of female tech founders, or 78 percent, have either been sexually harassed or have known someone who’s been sexually harassed in the workplace, according to a new survey of tech founders by seed-stage venture firm First Round Capital. About half of male founders – 48 percent – have had the same experience. (Recode, 12/6/17)

Google beats class action sex bias claims, for now. A California state judge has dismissed class action claims accusing Alphabet Inc’s Google of paying female employees less than men and giving them fewer opportunities for promotions. (Reuters, 12/6/17)

Investment group urges more women in Amazon’s senior ranks following harassment allegations. In the wake of sexual harassment allegations against a now former Amazon executive, a group that advocates for investors sent a letter last week to the online giant, urging it to improve the diversity of its senior executive ranks, among other things. (Washington Post, 12/6/17)

Forget tax cuts. The economy needs more working women. If you really want to make America great again, get more women in the workforce. (Politico, 12/6/17)

A Reckoning on Sexual Misconduct? Absolutely. But How Harsh, Women Ask. In Boston, the leader of a businesswomen’s group said that some women were so angry about the wave of sexual harassment revelations that they no longer wanted to hire more men. (New York Times, 12/5/17)

Sheryl Sandberg thinks workplaces have a long way to go when it comes to empowering women. Like so many women who’ve spoken up this year, Sheryl Sandberg has experienced sexual harassment by men in power. (Mashable, 12/3/17)

Silicon Valley Struggles to Add Conservatives to Its Ranks. This summer, Twitter Inc.’s new diversity chief met employees to discuss whether they felt welcome at work. Among those who said they sometimes felt excluded, according to people familiar with the matter, were conservatives. (Wall Street Journal, 12/1/17)

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