Does the tech sector have a diversity and inclusion problem? A quick scan of the news suggests it does.
The point of diversity is to surround ourselves with people who think and act differently than we do. The business value of diversity lies in having our views challenged. This is uncomfortable – and it’s exactly the point.
Currently, 40 per cent of our team is made up of women and 60 per cent of our CEO direct reports are women. Qualified women are out there.
As tech trends to a younger work force, there’s an assumption that we’d be better at it. This criticism, though uncomfortable, is a compliment. We don’t have all the answers. We’re trying to ask the right questions.
Sept. 20, 2017 "Evolving discussions on diversity": Today I found this article by Damien Hooper-Campbell in the Globe and Mail:
At eBay, it’s the foundation of our business model and critical to our ability to thrive in an increasingly competitive landscape. For us, D&I is about making sure that our current and prospective employees and millions of buyers and sellers all have a fair shot at great opportunities. Yet, just like the vast majority of businesses, our D&aI journey will be long term and iterative.
Only by giving our people opportunities to have open conversations about what D&I means to them can we get broader participation from them and, as a result, better outcomes from the programs we launch.