Tuesday, May 9, 2017

EBay’s First Diversity Chief On How To Make Inclusion Matter To Everyone - FASTCOMPANY

Originally published: May 5, 2017
Publisher: FastCompany.com  

“This has not become the most fun discussion to have,” says Damien Hooper-Campbell. Here’s his approach to changing that.

If you’ve ever Googled “diversity in tech,” you’ll get a smattering of headlines such as these:

  • Tech Has A Diversity Problem, And That Problem Is Culture
  • Tech Has More Of An Exclusion Problem Than A Culture Problem
  • What If Tech’s Biggest Diversity Problem Is Silicon Valley Itself?
  • Surprise! Industry Events Still Haven’t Fixed Tech’s Diversity Problems

Imagine how entangled this issue can be if there’s this level of contradiction and questioning in the headlines. “It took just minutes of searching to come up with these titles and more. What’s happened with this conversation? It’s supposed to be about people and something good. In many ways it’s become a bastardized, sticky conversation to have,” says Damien Hooper-Campbell, eBay’s first chief diversity officer.