Diversity Woman Magazine

SPR 2019

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S p r i n g 2 0 1 9 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 7 F amously, the tech industry firmly believes that technological advances spur innovation. While I don't doubt that to be true, I think that innovation is just as importantly driven by diversity. Even in Silicon Valley, Diversity Drives Innovation Technology alone cannot anticipate or reflect all the different experiences of a user base—that is, customers. e user base for any product is a wonder- ful mix of races, gender and sexual orientations, nationalities, abilities, social and economic backgrounds, and ways of thinking. Designing for that intersectional constituency can only be done well if members of those com- munities participate in the ideation, design, production, marketing, and distribution process. is brings me to the current issue of Diversity Woman, our annual tech in- novation issue. is year's issue focuses on perhaps the greatest challenge that the tech industry—and, more broadly, STEM—now faces how companies can better recruit, retain, and advance diverse talent. To learn what can be done to narrow the gender and race gap, we have talked with a number of women who have successfully navigat- ed through adversity and arrived at the pinnacle of their professions. Our cover story, beginning on page 34, features three African American women who overcame tremendous barriers to reach the C-suite in STEM fields. Shellye Archambeau, Stacy Brown-Philpot, and Robin Washing- ton each took a different path to the top, but they have one characteristic in common; they are self-professed be- lievers in taking calculated risks. In Take the Lead (page 25), "Hurdling the Tech Gender Gap," writer Ellen Lee Publisher's Page > Technology alone cannot anticipate or reflect all the different experiences of a user base— that is, customers unearths some of the innovative pro- grams developed to help women ad- vance in the STEM sector. Sometimes, it takes an outsider (with insider knowledge) to tell it like it is. Freada Kapor Klein has been gathering and compiling droves of data on diversity and inclusion in the tech industry since the 1980s through her nonprofit umbrella organization, the Kapor Center. In Leading for Good (page 23) she takes the industry to task, claiming that many C-suites in Silicon Valley refuse to take diversity and inclusion seriously, and offers up data-driven solutions. Whatever your position, there seems to be consensus that the tech industry has a way to go to reach gender and ra- cial equality. Diversity Woman Media plans to be there every step of the way, presenting the information and sug- gesting solutions, to both the compa- nies and the talent, so that together we can find innovative ways to increase, retain, and promote the abundant di- verse talent in the tech sector. Dr. Sheila Robinson Publisher, Diversity Woman

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