by Paolo Gaudiano and Ellen Hunt
Originally published: July 20, 2017
Three years ago a group of 19 women at Capital One’s technology group put together a courageous and unflinching presentation that documented the challenges faced by women at the firm, ranging from low representation on key teams, to isolation and micro-aggressions. The presentation was so compelling that it spurred the company’s leadership to explore a variety of initiatives to support diversity. Among them, the firm’s CIO funded an initiative that has become the Women In Tech Demo Days (WITDD) in New York.
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to attended WITDD, and saw for ourselves some of the ways in which Capital One supports diversity top-to-bottom, with initiatives that include a hackathon to identify embryonic ideas, hiring diverse talent in senior roles and an expanding commitment to supporting external initiatives.