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David Wagner
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1/7/2015 | 5:38:06 PM
Re: positions?
@soozyg- Glad i could help, and again I hope I'm wrong. But you bring up a good point. When you look at a tech company it is easy to say all the jobs are tech jobs, but probably the majority are in sales, marketing, accounting, etc. It isn't merely about getting those numbers right but getting them right in the engineering departments, too. 
Charlie Babcock
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1/7/2015 | 7:45:49 PM
A matter of culture, not just dollars
Vladimir Putin once came to California and said he wanted to create a Silicon Valley in Russia. I wonder how that's going for him? Sometimes executive pronouncements don't pan out as planned, and Brian Krzanich, unless he can implement the necessary, far reaching cultural change, is a candidate to join that group.
David Wagner
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1/8/2015 | 9:17:36 AM
Re: A matter of culture, not just dollars
@Charlie- I think the difference between Putin and Krzanichis good intentions. But I do agree with you that often leaders think they can change the direction of large organizations through will as much as anything else. At least he is trying to change some systemic issues, but I don't think he can do it with what he's got. 
David Wagner
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1/8/2015 | 9:19:23 AM
Re: There are Others ?
@technocrati- Out of curiosity, what would progress look like to you? In five years what does Intel need to look like for this to be a success for you?
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1/8/2015 | 9:19:23 AM
Re: There are Others ?
@technocrati- Out of curiosity, what would progress look like to you? In five years what does Intel need to look like for this to be a success for you?
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1/8/2015 | 9:21:26 AM
Re: Goals that are not likely to be met
@Gary_El- At least China can put the weight of billions of dollars, a planned economy, and goverment regulations behind its efforts. Intel is trying to change a system all by itself. 
David Wagner
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1/12/2015 | 12:41:14 PM
Re: There are Others ?
@technocrati- Thanks for the really thoughtful answer. I am sad that I was the first to ask you that question, but not surprised. One of the things that always makes me unhappy with diversity conversations is there is a lot of talking and not a lot of listening. There is very little in the world more powerful than asking questions like "what do you want? What do you need? What do you think? What can I do to help?" How rarely do you hear those questions in any part of your life.
David Wagner
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1/12/2015 | 12:45:23 PM
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@LeeB120- Well, I think you are partially right that one of the reasons Intel can't get equal representaiton in women is there aren't enough women engineers. But the number is close to 30%. 30% is a big number. That's a lot of engineers worldwide. And more graduate from college wiht degrees and leave. So it isn't impossible to think they could at least get to above average for the industry. 

And one questions exactly why women don't want to do the job-- because they don't like the job or because they don't like the atmosphere. I applaud Intel for trying even if they face the kind of obstacles you point out. 
David Wagner
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1/12/2015 | 12:49:16 PM
Re: Gender or Culture?
@jastroff- Well, more than half the world is female. So I took "culturally representative" to mean roughly half women. Granted, if he made it to 40% it would be applause worthy so I'm willing to cut him some slack. But he's at 24% now. That is certainly not representative, nor even at the average.

I'm also willing to say there's a difference between representative than perfect demographic distribution. For instance, i don't need x percentage of African Americans, x percentage of Asian Americans, etc. Not every box needs to check off perfectly. But none of the boxes are checked off now.
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1/12/2015 | 12:52:30 PM
Re: Real Meritocracies vs. Forced Quotas
@JimC- Well, a true meritocracy might work as you described, but a meritocracy may not be the exact best way to run a company. For example, there's a quite a lot of research showing bringing people in from different backgrounds, not just of race or gender, but also economic status, improves a company's success. More points of view equals a better ability to serve a wider array of customers and to bring in ideas from more places.

Fill your room with 4th generation Ivy League white dudes and you'll get a company that serves 4th generaiton Ivy League white dudes really well. Nothing wrong with that, but depending on your line of business, that may not keep you profitable.
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