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Advocating for a more diverse engineering and technology culture.
Issue #16 // March 22, 2016

Beginning with Ourselves: Using Data Science to Improve Diversity at Airbnb
In the rush to hire as many people as they could, Airbnb fell into a common trap for growth startups - they didn’t pay enough attention to their culture. The Airbnb Data Science team talks about how they recruited more women into their team, and how they “increased conversion” of applications accepting the job.
Airbnb Engineering

Your Boss Wants to Know If You're Gay
In just 10 years, the percentage of companies asking LGBT employees to self-identify has risen from 17% to 45%, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Companies like Facebook, AT&T and IBM all collect the information in an effort to make the voices of these employees heard at the corporate level. There are concerns, however, with safety and privacy. This is especially true for employees in US states and world countries where they can legally be discriminated against for being LGBT.
Bloomberg Business

Why Cultural Competence Matters to Recruiters
Companies are reaching customers around the world, so it makes sense they would value employees who can empathize with people of all races, sexual orientations and backgrounds. This article talks about recruitment on college campuses for that crucial skill.
Insight Into Diversity

An A-Z of Women Pushing Boundaries in Science and Tech
March 8 was International Women’s Day, and to celebrate, here's a list of amazing women in STEM who are top of their fields. Some standouts include Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space; Fabiola Gianotti, the Director General of CERN; and Sylvia Earle, NOAA Chief Scientist.

Why Atlassian Is Tackling Diversity at a Team Level
Like many companies in the tech industry, Atlassian struggles with hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. They are the makers of Jira and Confluence, two wildly successful team productivity tools with customers all over the globe. It makes sense, then, for Atlassian to naturally think about how they could increase team diversity.


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