Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ellen Pao’s diversity project shows small gains in first report - SILICON BEAT

by Marisa Kendall
Originally published: August 7, 2017
Publisher: SiliconBeat.com 

A year ago, as a growing number of tech insiders lamented the lack of diversity in the industry, Ellen Pao set out to do something about it.

Pao, who became a household during her gender bias trial against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, on Monday shared the first results of her newest initiative — Project Include. And while her inaugural report shows some small improvements — the companies participating increased their percentage of female, Asian, Hispanic and multi-racial employees — it mostly highlights the fact that diversifying the industry will be a long and complex process.

“There is still a lot of work to do, as the data reflect many of the patterns of underrepresentation in the tech industry,” Pao and her co-founders at Project Include wrote in a blog post. “But the improvement over large companies’ demographics is encouraging, as are the many changes between the baseline and follow up reports, though it is too early to know for sure what caused all the changes.”