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By Heba Mahmoud

Policy

P O L I CY U P DAT E

CTA's Diversity & Inclusion Working Group

 T 

ech companies are a major source of high-paying U.S.
jobs, and although underrepresented workers in the tech
sector has grown since 2005, women and people of color
continue to be underrepresented in the workforce. Improving
racial and gender diversity in the U.S. tech workforce is a massive economic opportunity, and could create $470-$570 billion
in new value for the tech industry and add 1.2%-1.6% to national
GDP, according to the 2016 Decoding Diversity report.

CTA's
DIWG met
at CES
2020.

On September 26, 2019 CTA held its first
meeting of the Diversity & Inclusion
Working Group (DIWG), a member group
focused on sharing best practices and
solutions, addressing business challenges
and developing strategies to create a
diverse and inclusive tech sector. The
group started with 37 member companies,
today the group has grown to include 77
member companies - a 108% increase.

A Year of Milestones

Serving as an industry thought leader,
CTA's DIWG communicates the benefits
of diverse and inclusive tech ecosystems
by sharing best practices for attracting,
engaging and retaining diverse communities in the tech ecosystem while promoting and investing in a diverse
entrepreneurial ecosystem. The working
group was essential in developing
Innovation for All, an integrated, multiprong approach designed to create a
more inclusive and welcoming experience for CES attendees and exhibitors
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through partnerships, programming
and engagement opportunities.
The onset of the coronavirus pandemic presented new challenges in
2020, which also emphasized widespread disparities. Organizations had
to quickly adapt to new ways of working
and engaging employees and consumers. The outbreak followed by racial
unrest allowed CTA and DIWG to reimagine how to use varied platforms to
bring the community together in a
meaningful, yet engaging way.
The DIWG brainstormed how to
continue engaging employee resource
groups (ERGs), adjusting to remote
work, and maintaining a commitment
to creating a diverse and inclusive tech
sector. We invited other CTA member
groups to learn more from DIWG members on a number of D&I subjects
including allyship, accessibility, and
launching a diversity and inclusion strategy. We launched a quarterly newsletter
to highlight member initiatives and

share D&I news from across the sector.
Collaborating with allied organizations,
like the Female Quotient, CTA has highlighted the successes of our DIWG members in their endeavors to create a tech
ecosystem that is welcoming to all.

Looking To the Future

The CTA DIWG has made massive
strides in sharing best practices, cultivating data and collaborating with allied
organizations to tackle the business
challenges related to building a diverse
and inclusive tech ecosystem.
In 2021, the group plans to continue
to engage member companies on sharing best practices and creating innovative solutions to help move the dial on
diversity and inclusion in tech. With the
leadership of Chair Sherida McMullan,
lead, Inclusion & Diversity, Lyft; and
Vice Chair Carman Blanco, director,
Global Diversity & Inclusion and Talent
Management, Harman; the group will
set benchmarks and initiatives to transform the tech industry.
"The CTA D&I Working group has
become instrumental in providing a Think
Tank for companies to come together and
discuss critical topics affecting our industries. My goal is to listen, learn and continue to build, in collaboration with my
colleagues, upon the strong foundation
that CTA established," says McMullan.
Blanco adds, "I hope to build on the
tremendous success that the CTA D&I
Working Group has had in building a
true community of practice across technology organizations. Together, we have
the power and influence to accelerate
progress toward more inclusive and
equitable workplaces on their own -
imagine the outcome if we continue to
use that power collectively, the possibilities are limitless."

2021

THE INNOVATION FOR ALL program
will return to CES 2021.

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