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Practical Ways to Advocate for Diversity

Practical Ways to Advocate for Diversity

This is a talk for anyone who wants a more diverse engineering culture at work. If you've ever been frustrated by the sameness of your engineering peers, you'll hear practical advice you can use immediately.

Creating a diverse team is more than a moral issue - it makes business sense. Diverse engineering teams recruit the best talent, are more innovative, better reflect the needs of their users and make for incredibly fun places to work.


Tony Wieczorek

May 05, 2016

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  2. Straight, White Men Should ADVOCATE FOR DIVERSITY

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  6. Single biggest challenge of building a company? Hiring the best

  7. That means hiring A diverse workforce

  8. Productivity = Teamwork * ( ∑ Talent ) Productivity formula

    courtesy Kate Heddleston
  9. “Simply interacting with individuals who are different forces group members

    to prepare better, to anticipate alternative viewpoints and to expect that reaching consensus will take effort.” - “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter”, Scientific American, October 2014
  10. Celebrated as Whole, Diverse Person Clear, Frequent, Tough Feedback Unclear,

    Infrequent, Easy Feedback Cog in Machine No Growth Left to Wither Happy, Trusting, Productive Unappreciated
  11. Measure Fund Raise Call Out Recruit

  12. Measure Use data to make the problem clear and set

  13. InformationIsBeautiful.net

  14. Conduct your own company survey

  15. Ethnicity/Race • Hispanic or Latino • White • Black or

    African American • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander • Asian • Native American or Alaska Native • Two or More Races • Other • Rather not specify Gender GLBT Affiliation Yes/No
  16. Fund Support local groups, and start your own.

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  19. “I was interested in Localytics before, but I’m way more

    excited now that you host CodePride!” – Attendee of CodePride
  20. Raise Let others know a diverse workplace is important.

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  22. Perception !== Reality 72% 16% 12% Women have same opportunities

    MORE opportunities FEWER opportunities Research from Lean In, Reported by #HeForShe
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  24. Call Out Don’t tolerate derogatory speech.

  25. Why does mayo come with tuna fish?

  26. Situation Behavior Impact Center for Creative Leadership

  27. Recruit Attract and retain the best employees.

  28. February 21, 2016

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  30. Inclusive Healthcare Trans-inclusive, Generous obgyn, Maternity & Paternity Leave

  31. Measure Fund Raise Call Out Recruit

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  34. “I love being wrong 'cause that means in that instant,

    I learned something new that day.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson, NPR, February 20, 2016
  35. An agile, iterative approach to being an ally for diversity

    at work.
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  37. Tony Wieczorek @tonyjw diversityhackers.com

  38. Available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License: •

    Audience listens at Startup School by Robert Scoble • Groups of drinking straws sorted by colors by Horia Varlan • She Geeks out @ Localytics by She Geeks Out • Mohegan Sun Casino Photo: Mystic Country CT, Flickr • Healthcare in plastic by frankieleon • Microphone by Evan Forester • Pictures of Money by Money • Switch by centralasian • Airplane Wing Photo: By islandjoe from Helsinki, Finland, via Wikimedia Commons • Fireworks over Boston by Tony Wieczorek Photo Credits
  39. Addendum

  40. Source: NPR

  41. InformationIsBeautiful.net

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