by Matt Giles
Originally published: June 21, 2016
THE VENTURE CAPITALIST WANTS TO CREATE INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES
After seven years of working at Kleiner Perkins, one of Silicon Valley’s pre-eminent venture-capital firms, Ellen Pao felt that bosses had passed her over for promotions, choosing instead less-qualified candidates. So in 2012, she filed a gender-discrimination lawsuit. Though she didn’t win, her trial helped expose the tech industry’s persistent lack of diversity and frequent gender-harassment issues. She has since become an ear and a voice for others with shared experiences. Here she offers insights on how to create an inclusive workplace in the Valley—and beyond.
In her own words:
The trial was a moment of clarity for a lot of people—for women who were experiencing discrimination or harassment, or for men and women of color. Their experiences may have been unique, but they all shared common threads of bias, of unfair pay, of fewer opportunities. The trial didn’t raise brand-new issues, but it made it OK for people to talk about them in a way that had never happened before.