Monday, March 27, 2017

‘Diversity & Inclusion’ Is Not a Four Letter Word - TECH.CO

by Conner Cawley 
Originally published: March 23, 2017

The lack of diversity in tech has been a consistent problem for years. Despite numbers showing that an inclusive environment breeds success in the workplace, companies of all shapes and sizes refuse to make meaningful change in their hiring practices. And, if you ask Leslie Miley, the director of engineering at Slack, he’ll tell you that this kind of mentality needs to change immediately.

During his keynote speech at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, Miley focused on the importance of diversity in tech, the ways startup founders and corporations can address the problem at hand, and what it’s going to be like when something finally changes. He stressed the value of top-down involvement, meaning of course that if change is going to happen, it has to come from the CEOs, the founders, and the leaders of the tech community.