Thursday, September 7, 2017

Is diversity in tech truly possible? 3 executives share their success stories - TECH REPUBLIC

by Alison DeNisco 
Originally published: September 6, 2017

Diverse teams are more innovative and creative and feature happier employees, research shows. Yet hiring women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups remains a challenge for many companies, despite many funneling money into unconscious bias trainings and other methods.

"The messaging and ownership of diversity initiatives should come out of the business," said Anka Wittenberg, chief diversity and inclusion officer at SAP. "The speed of change is so fast that we truly believe that to be able to innovate in a sustainable way, we need to ensure from the beginning onward that we have very diverse people sitting at the table."

So what actually works? Here are three diversity success stories from chief diversity officers at SAP, Atlassian, and IBM.