Tuesday, May 16, 2017

These women want to see more people of colour shape Toronto's tech world - CBC

Originally published: May 15, 2017
Publisher: CBC.ca

After more than 10 years spent in the tech industry, Jessica Yamoah says she still looks around at board rooms, incubators and conferences to find a sea of white men.

There are few people of colour, she says, and even fewer black women like herself.

What that means, she says, is that an industry supposedly built on innovation has chosen to limit the pool of experiences from which it can draw.

It misses out on the perspective of visible minorities, and potentially, the needs of that diverse community as consumers, she said.

"When you look at it from an economic standpoint, having diversity and inclusion doesn't just make sense. It makes money," she said.