Thirty-two leading technology companies have recently taken a pledge to increase diversity and inclusion in the technical workforce.
The Tech Inclusion Pledge is a bold, change-leading effort supported by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and CODE2040 to address the full spectrum of diversity (gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality and more), across industries and computing disciplines, within companies at all stages of growth. Learn more at http://www.tech-inclusion.org.
The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) – which aims to showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world; connect American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts to form lasting relationships; and highlight entrepreneurship as means to address some of the most intractable global challenges – is the backdrop for this presidential call to action where these leaders announced their commitment to three essential actions:
Annually publish data and progress metrics on the diversity of their technology workforce across functional areas and seniority levels.
Implement and publish company-specific goals to recruit, retain, and advance diverse technology talent, and operationalize concrete measures to create and sustain an inclusive culture in their technology organizations.
Invest in partnerships to build a diverse pipeline of technology talent to increase our ability to recognize, develop and support talent from all backgrounds.
View all signatories at http://www.tech-inclusion.org.
“While a number of organizations are already working to advance important elements of U.S. tech inclusion, it’s going to take more to turn the tide — more transparency around the current state of affairs, more companies to step forward and make a commitment for change, and more collaborative efforts in developing a broad talent pool,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “This Tech Inclusion Pledge brings together computing companies that will take strategic action for increasing diversity and inclusion, resulting in a more innovative and profitable workforce.”
“We believe the tech sector, communities of color, and the country as a whole will be stronger if talent from all backgrounds is included in the creation of the companies, programs, and products of tomorrow. This pledge is a ground-breaking step in the direction of making our technology companies look more like the face of America,” said Karla Monterroso, VP of Programs at CODE2040.
The Tech Inclusion Pledge leverages NCWIT’s and CODE2040’s work in closing the gap for underrepresented groups in computing and builds on the momentum of the Obama-Biden Administration initiatives that prioritize underrepresented groups in STEM.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit change leader network of more than 700 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources and platforms for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at http://www.ncwit.org.
CODE2040 is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a specific focus on Blacks and Latino/as. CODE2040 aims to close the achievement, skills, and wealth gaps in the United States. Our goal is to ensure that by the year 2040 – when the US will be majority-minority – Blacks and Latino/as are proportionally represented in America’s innovation economy as technologists, investors, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs. Find out more at http://www.code2040.org.