Thursday, March 17, 2016

Women tech leaders say SXSW is better this time - USA TODAY

by John Swartz
Originally published: March 15, 2016

Publisher: USAtoday.com 

Judith Williams isn't afraid to ruffle feathers.

A year ago at SXSW here, the former global diversity and inclusion programs manager at Google called out Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Walter Isaacson, biographer of Steve Jobs, for repeatedly interrupting and talking over fellow panelist, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, a former Google executive.

This year, it's different, say Williams and other women tech leaders.

"There is a greater awareness and sensitivity to the conversation on gender," says Williams, now global head of diversity at Dropbox, one of several start-ups that is trying remaking its work culture to be more inclusive of women and under-represented minorities.

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