From Apple to Facebook, Tech’s New Diversity Pledges Follow Years of Failure
Big U.S. tech companies have not hired many Black employees, especially in technical and leadership roles.
Shelly Banjo, Ian King
The Bloomberg article, "From Apple to Facebook, Tech’s New Diversity Pledges Follow Years of Failure," quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Tina Shah Paikeday on the importance of retaining people of color, not simply hiring them. The article is excerpted below.
Spurred by nationwide protests and calls to end systemic racism after the police killing of George Floyd, Google, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. recently vowed to increase the diversity of their workforce. If this sounds depressingly familiar, that's because it is. The industry has been making similar pledges for years, with little progress.
If tech companies really want to increase representation, they must do more, Black employees and corporate diversity experts say. That means hiring diverse talent into higher levels of management and creating a workplace that is inclusive enough to retain people of color after they join, said Tina Shah Paikeday, an executive at consulting firm Russell Reynolds Associates who helps companies hire executives to run diversity and inclusion programs.
“Tech values the notion that innovation comes from a diverse perspective, but it’s been more of an academic thought,” she said.
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