by Eric Berridge
Originally published: April 14, 2917
I’ve said this many times and I’ll say it again: gender diversity is a business imperative. The more diverse an organization, the more creative, productive, and profitable it is. If women were to reach their full economic potential, global GDP could increase by up to $28 trillion in 2025. While awareness and support for gender diversity and equality in business are higher than ever before, we’re still not making much progress. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2016 report, it will take women until 2185—168 years—to reach parity with men in the workplace globally.
In any other business scenario, a 168-year timeline would be laughed out of the room. With all of our advances in technology, progress is now measured in months rather than years. It’s time for us to use today’s innovative technologies, like Augmented Intelligence (AI), to take action, starting with correcting unconscious bias. We’re already using AI to predict the weather and to process medical research and trial data for individualized treatment plans on an unheard-of scale. Why can’t it be used to help close the gender gap?