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Issue #14 // March 8, 2016
The CEO of billion-dollar startup Gusto has 75 angel investors and warns other startups: 'There are no shortcuts'
Gusto competitor Zenefits has been excoriated in the past few weeks for their toxic internal culture and ignorance of mandatory health insurance regulations. Gusto (formerly Zenpayroll) offers a night-and-day comparison of a company actively working to create a diverse and inclusive culture. Some highlights of their efforts: setting a goal of 50/50 parity between women and men on their board, and hiring one woman engineer for every man they hire. While they’ve fallen short of that goal so far, it’s encouraging to read about a company actively working towards a more gender-balanced engineering culture.
Business Insider

Lesbians Who Tech Summit delivers straight talk about diversity in tech
Lesbians Who Tech is a community of women working to change perceptions of what an engineer in technology is. They recently hosted a summit in San Francisco, headlined by Edie Windsor. Mrs. Windsor is best known as the lead plaintiff in the 2015 US Supreme Court decision that allowed marriage equality across the country. However, she was also an engineer in 1950s and 60s, and she talks about how she had to hide her identity at work. For those of you in or around New York City, LWT is hosting another summit in September.
Tech Target

How I Made It: GitHub's Nicole Sanchez leads the charge for diversity
After engineer Julie Ann Horvath publicly left GitHub last year due to their non-inclusive and sometimes destructive culture, the company has been working to repair that culture. In this article, you can read about the background of their new diversity chief and how she thinks about changing GitHub for the benefit of their 500 employees.  
LA Times

Why companies that take pride in diversity programs still wind up hiring white guys
This article introduced a concept I hadn’t heard before: moral licensing. The theory is that if you perform a well-intentioned deed in the short term, you’re less likely to perform a good deed in the future. Professors from the London Business School and Harvard Kennedy School discuss the implications for diversity programs.


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