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By Heba Mahmoud

Policy

P O L I CY U P DAT E

centered on building a diverse K-12
STEM pipeline, recruitment and hiring,
retention, advancement and leadership
development, and investment into
diverse entrepreneurs. The group aims to
deliver the benefits of a diverse, inclusive
ecosystem to tech companies and the
workers of the future.

Success Stories

Many companies are instituting programs to move the needle on diversity
and inclusion. For example, HARMAN
Women's Network (HWN) is a robust
initiative designed to help shape the
company into an employer-of-choice
for women. HWN is responsible for
executing HARMAN's global diversity
and inclusion strategy through its
regional Women's Leadership Summit
- a training and professional develophe tech industry is the driver for innovation and creativity. ment forum helping to prepare women
for leadership.
New technologies help people lead better lives, connect
To tackle diversity and inclusion holiswith loved ones and discover solutions to the world's
tically, Uber created a core framework to
most complex problems. Yet the sector has struggled to include
consider every element of the cultural
a better representation of all those it serves.
change needed to bring about positive
progress. The company focused on four
Today, women and traditionally underareas: individual employees, systems,
CTA recently launched the Diversity
represented groups hold one-third of all
leadership and citizenship. In less than
and Inclusion Working Group - a
tech jobs, according to CTA's 2019
two years, this work expanded employee
leadership forum that is bringing
Economic Impact Study. Despite the
resource groups from seven to 15,
together more than 40 member comsurge of tech positions in the last three
increasing member participation from
panies to discuss ways to create greater
decades, the proportion of women in
around 2,000 to almost
access and mobility for
computing jobs decreased by 5%
7,000 across the company.
women, people of color
Diversity is
between 1991 and 2017.
In addition, female
and other traditionally
In his book Ninja Future: Secrets to
employees
at AEye launched
underrepresented comthe bedrock of
Success in the New World of Innovation,
a
new
forum
called Women
munities, and foster a
innovation.
CTA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro
in Autonomy to provide a
diverse and inclusive
stresses that diversity is the bedrock
place for women's voices in
tech ecosystem.
of innovation. Unique thoughts, experithe automotive and auto
The founding members
ences and skills bring "new ideas that are
tech industries to be heard.
of this working group - ranging
best fostered in organizations where peoIndividually, these companies are
from tech giants to startups - will
ple come from different backgrounds."
creating innovative and inclusive worklead an important national dialogue
For the last several years, the indusplace cultures. Together, they will create
to help inform their business practices
try has taken several steps to diversify
an impact on the tech industry. To learn
and share ways to prioritize diversity.
the workforce and create inclusive
more about the work of the D&I Working
Participants will share best practices
cultures. To drive that change forward,
Group, visit CTA.tech.
from successful diversity initiatives

Leading a National Dialogue
on Diversity and Inclusion

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