by Lydia Dishman
Originally published: March 11, 2016
Companies like Airbnb and Autodesk have made headlines by hiring diversity chiefs. We talked to them about why this new position matters.
The tech industry is well aware of its diversity problem. Women, people of color, LGBT, veterans, people with disabilities, and other groups are vastly underrepresented.
As such, reports have been generated, strategies outlined, and other measures aimed at creating a more inclusive workforce have begun. But none are quite so focused as appointing a chief diversity officer.
The business case for diversity is pretty straightforward. Differences in gender, race, age, and educational background support better decision making through conversations that come out of varied experiences. Other studies support the fact that diversity increases the bottom line. But what does it take to lead the charge?
In less than a year, Pinterest, Twitter, and others have either created a position or hired a new person to lead diversity efforts.
We asked some of the newer members of this growing tribe to weigh in on the biggest issues they’ll be facing, and what skills they need to take on the challenge.