Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A solution to tech's lingering diversity problem? Try thinking about ketchup - LA TIMES

by Dexter Thomas 
Original published: March 16, 2016
Publisher: LAtimes.com 

Diversity is a hot, and controversial, topic in Silicon Valley. But why do so many people care about it?

At first glance, the answer may seem simple: Improving minorities' access to tech jobs is the right thing to do.

But when I moderated a panel Monday at SXSW on diversity in the tech industry, I was surprised none of the panelists talked much about what was “right.” 

Instead, they talked about what was right for business.

Sarah Wagener, vice president of talent acquisition and diversity at Pandora, agreed during the panel that pushing to hire more diverse candidates is the “right thing” to do.

"But," she said, "it's been the 'right thing to do' for a long time, and we’re still having this conversation.” 

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