Originally published: April 18, 2017
That there aren't enough women in top leadership roles isn't a recent discovery. That people with diverse backgrounds find it hard to get in, or fit into, some corporate cultures isn't news, either. This lack of diversity has a remarkable human condition cost: Talented people are not finding work in the jobs they can do or are being diverted out of the training pipeline entirely, costing them the opportunities the tech field brings. Lack of diversity also damages the development cycle: Multiple perspectives create more solutions to long-standing issues. If everyone thinks the same, then you're always going to get the same answer -- even if there's a better one out there.
The topic has gained additional focus recently: There has been a lot of talk surrounding a culture crisis in the technology industry, particularly in Silicon Valley. Uber has had some very high-profile problems, but they're hardly the only company with issues to resolve.