Google has just released their latest diversity report and while they managed to make some progress in regard to gender diversity, there was little change in regards to ethnic minorities. Google also announced the appointment of their new Vice President of Diversity, Danielle Brown. Danielle recently left Intel, where she was working as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
Unilever decided last year to get rid of their standard recruitment process and have hired over 450 graduates now with this new method: instead of asking for a CV via their career website, they use AI and online games to assess candidates skills. This new process is not only more successful in regards to their offer conversion – it is also eliminating bias from the recruitment process. Read more here.
Accenture just launched “Inclusion starts with I”, a really nice campaign where Accenture employees from different backgrounds and different abilities talk about bias and the power of inclusion in the work environment.
I just have to share this one with you: When we think of a 91 year old woman we usually think of a granny who can barely move. Not Johanna Quaas though – this 91 year German gymnast is still competing and has more core strength than most people half her age (or younger).
Unconscious biases are present in our lives and during decision making, and certainly also in recruitment. This HBR article provides a good summary of why we have to be aware of them and what we can do to reduce bias during the hiring process.
Women in STEM
Very interesting interview with Ann Skudlark, AT&T AI Director, about her career, women in AI and how she supports her team through her inclusive leadership style.
Girls in STEM
Girl Scouts are usually associated with cookie selling – but from 2018 onwards they will start fighting computer crimes. The internet security company Palo Alto Networks and Girl Scouts have partnered up to develop a program so girls from the age of 5 can earn their cybersecurity batches. Read more here.
I love CBeebies (BBCs children’s channel) new campaign! Their agency asked pairs of friends what makes them different from each other and their answers are awesome!
New Zealand is currently battling with an increase in racism – one out of three complaints to the Human Rights Commission are now about racial discrimination. As part of their “Give nothing to racism” campaign the Human Rights Commission just released this satirical public service announcement “Racism needs your help to survive” featuring actor and firm director Taika Waititi.
June is Pride month, celebrating the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan that started the LGBTQ rights movement in the US. A lot of companies are using this month to show their solidarity, for example Microsoft or Skittles (the candy). My favourite is the parents though, supporting and showing solidarity with their children.
Chip Conley joined Airbnb as strategic advisor for Hospitality and Leadership at the age of 52, which is double the average age at the tech company. He talks about his journey and his learnings in this very interesting HBR article.
I absolutely love this list that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins tweeted. A Kindergarten teacher sent her a collection of things that happened the week after Wonder Woman was released, sharing how the children were inspired by the movie.
Very interesting Fortune article about the set-up of the Fortune 500 companies in regards to their diversity. Only 3.2% of the listed companies actually release their full data for race and gender, and the majority of them are in the tech sector.
BBC Radio 4 just published this podcast about implicit (unconscious) bias and the science behind it. The podcast is 30 min long but if you are interested in this topic and have some time, maybe on your commute to work, it’s definitely worth listening to.
Apple held their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose this week and had asked Michelle Obama to come and talk about women and tech. Michelle Obama stressed in her speech how important it is for Apple to hire more females, saying that “If women aren’t at the table, you are going to miss my dollar. Because you don’t really know me”. Apple currently has 31% female employees and just lost Bozoma Saint John, a black female executive. Read more here.
Girls in STEM
Microsoft’s second video for their “Make What’s Next” campaign encourages girls to study (and stay in) STEM, since “only 6.7% of women graduate with STEM degrees”. It was already released in March – but I really enjoyed watching it so decided to share it with you anyway!
The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (an NPO that aims to recruit, retain and advance women in technology, Ericsson is one of their partners) announced last week that they have ended their partnership with Uber. Uber started working with Anita Borg in 2015 but due to a lack of engagement and recent allegations (including trips to escort bars) the institute decided to dissolve their relationship.
Raising awareness of actual harassment or biases happening in the workplace can be one way of addressing them and changing the work culture. At Google, employees have created “Yes, at Google”, a platform that helps to track and share complaints and more than 20% of Google’s workforce have already subscribed to it. Read more here.
AI (artificial intelligence) is one of the hottest trends in technology at the moment. This article is a good summary about the risks of unconscious bias in recruitment and how the usage of artificial intelligence can actually eliminate them.
DCs Wonder Woman movie is being released today and since it is the first movie that does not only star a female superhero but is also directed by a woman, it has been eagerly awaited. One movie theater in Austin, Texas decided to offer special screenings for women only – and while those screenings sold out immediately, they also faced a lot of anger from men on social media.