D&I Friday Read No. 198

Gender
Two Australian researchers analyzed over 23.000 comments that were left on YouTube science videos – and there is a significant difference between channels hosted by men and those hosted by women. Female hosts received a much higher percentage of critical comments as well as feedback on their physical appearance than men. Read more here.

Racism
The well-known pizza restaurant chain Papa John’s has just removed their founder John Schnatter from all marketing material (including his picture in the logo) and evicted him from the headquarter. This came after Schnatter made a racist remark in a conference call with a media agency, just months after him losing his CEO position due to controversial comments about the NFL protests.

Diversity
Interesting TED Talk from Rebeca Hwang. Rebeca has Korean heritage, grew up in Argentina and is living in the US now and had to learn how to juggle her different identities and embrace the diversity within herself.

 

Women Empowerment
Watch Qhouirunnisa’ Endang Wahyudi freestyle. She is an 18 year old living in Malaysia, a country where soccer is dominated by men – but she doesn’t let her gender (or her headscarf) stop her from following her passion and her tricks are now attracting a lot of followers on Instagram.

 

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D&I Friday Read No. 197

Diversity
Facebook just released their 5th annual diversity report – and there is little improvement. A few more female and minority employees in the overall workforce in comparison to last year, but when looking at black and Hispanic employees in technical and leadership roles, you see those numbers haven’t really changed in the past 5 years.

Generation
Once the generation of the “baby boomers” has retired, Germany is expecting a serious skills shortage. Companies like Mercedes have now created a program to be more inclusive for all generations, to do better skills transfer – and to eliminate biases and challenge stereotypes people might have about older generations.

Diversity
Great video gallery! The BBC interviewed people in Uganda, Sweden, the US, Israel and Singapore about discrimination, diversity programs and what can be done to make it better.

Women Empowerment
I really enjoyed this story! Brehanna Daniels is one of the first women changing tires at a Nascar race, and the first African-American woman ever. She and her colleague came through Nascar’s Drive for Diversity program that looks for talent at college campuses. Nascar’s goal is to widen their current fan base, which is predominately white and male.

D&I Friday Read No. 196

Diversity
Nothing new – just another study showing that diversity really does pay off. Two researchers from Harvard Business School looked at data from US venture capital firms since 1990 and analyzed their performance and the impact of diversity. Homogenous teams (e.g. partners coming from the same school or sharing the same ethnic background) were up to 30% less successful than diverse teams, and adding female partners made VCs notably more profitable.

LGBTQ
On Wednesday, the top court in Hong Kong ruled that same-sex expatriate couples have the same visa rights as heterosexual couples. This was really welcomed by the finance industry (Hong Kong is world’s no. 3 financial center) and will put pressure on the other financial hubs in Asia. Read more here.

Inclusion
The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games are on, and for the first time ever, gamers with disability were able to compete in a video-game tournament. The competition was sponsored by Microsoft’s Xbox division and is part of their initiative to make gaming a more inclusive experience.

Girls in STEM
If you used to play with Barbies as a child (or have children who play with them) you might enjoy this video. Barbies have evolved over the years and Mattel just launched their latest “Career of the Year” doll, a Robotics Engineer who comes with free online coding classes and in 4 different ethnicities.

D&I Friday Read No. 195

Women in Tech
The Walt Disney Company is offering female employees who are currently working in non-tech roles, the opportunity to become software engineers. The CODE: Rosie program, first launched in 2016, offers women a 15 months training program, after which they can move into one of Disney’s technical teams.

Gender Equality
Really interesting article! Mongolia is currently experiencing a so called “reverse gender gap”. Boys are usually pulled out of school at an early age to look after the cattle and parents invest more in their daughters education (in 2015, 62% of the college and university graduates were women). This obviously leads to an imbalance later, with more men unemployed and more women in the workplace.

LGBTQ
“This Coke is a Fanta” is an expression that has been used in Brazil for years to make fun of homosexuals. Coke, together with the advertising agency Ogilvy, decided to turn this around and make a campaign out of it – which has just been awarded with several Lions in Cannes. Awesome idea and great video!

Generation
DJ Switch just became the youngest Ghana DJ Awards winner – and she is a 10 year old girl who started DJ-ing only a year ago. BBC spoke to the artist as part of “What’s new”, a program focusing on young people in Africa. Worth watching!

D&I Friday Read No. 194

Diversity
Google just released their latest diversity report and in most areas, there is very little change. Very male, a few less white staff, a few more Asian staff, but no real changes for black and Latino employees and looking at women, they only improved from 30.6% in 2014 to 30.9% this year (they did increase the percentage of women in technical roles though).

Gender
With the announcement of their new CFO Dhivya Suryadevara, General Motors became the largest company in the world that has a female CEO as well as CFO. In the Fortune 500 there are only 23 companies that have a woman as CEO, and only two (GM and Hershey’s) where both the CEO and the CFO roles are held by a woman.

Gender
Meet Lauren Simmons. The 23 year old is not only the youngest, but also the only female full-time trader at the New York Stock Exchange. Lauren didn’t have a finance degree, but managed to pass the Series 19 (an exam traders have to pass to work on the floor) right away to the surprise of many of her colleagues. Read more here.

Inclusion
Red Bull
just released this inspiring interview (and video) with skateboarder Dan Mancina. Dan is 30 years old and lost 95% of his vision in his mid-twenties, but this didn’t stop him getting back onto his board. Worth watching!