How to Close the Diversity Gap (or, How Not to Perpetuate Bro Culture in Tech)

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Inclusion has been proven to have direct, measurable effects on stability and success in businesses, large and small. Indeed, most organizations actively pursue diverse representation in their workplace, but this won’t necessarily ensure that all employees feel included.

Unconscious bias is part of the problem -- but not the only one -- especially in areas like recruitment, promotion, and performance management as well as being a major barrier in efforts to improve diversity and inclusion. The Covid-19 pandemic has also added additional strain to the pre-existing social challenges, which make it difficult for programs to gain any ground.

In this talk, we'll cover the problems and pitfalls in creating diversity programs, and why it's so important to keep trying to build a culture of inclusion in your team.

Some takeaways:

  1. Best practices for empowering, engaging, and attracting creators of diverse backgrounds to your organization
  2. Discuss Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how to embed these three pillars throughout your business
  3. Strategies to close the digital divide of historically excluded groups, internally and externally

Heather Wilde Renze

theDifference Consulting

Heather Wilde was the eighth employee of Evernote, where she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100 million customers. She has published popular games, worked with the United States DoD, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force, trained Fortune 500 brands, advised hundreds of startups, and managed major multinational nonprofit programs.

She has won multiple awards for her work in STEM, Coaching, and writing, including multiple commendations from the US Government. As part of her strong dedication to the community, she has served as the chair and on the executive committee of the Engineering School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At her own nonprofit, Serenze Global, and as a fractional CTO through her company ROCeteer, her award-winning work keeps the “Unicorn Whisperer” constantly traveling across the globe to find the next unicorn.

She resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.