Date / Time: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 2:00 PM New York/11:00 AM San Francisco
The tech industry prides itself on being a meritocracy. Yet recent employee demographics from Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and others shows that staff at these companies are mostly male and mostly white.
At the same time, we know more diverse communities and workplaces create better products. So why do we see so few women, people of color, and LGBTQ people at our events and on the about pages of our websites? Even more curiously, why do 60% of women leave the tech industry within 10 years? Why are fewer women choosing to pursue computer science and related degrees than ever before? Why have stories of active discouragement, dismissal, harassment, or worse become regular news?
Join author and programmer Ashe Dryden and Interop Radio host Curt Franklin as they discuss what we can do as community members, event organizers, and co-workers to not only combat this problem, but to encourage positive change by contributing to an atmosphere of inclusivity.