Women In Silicon Valley: Corporate America’s Gender Paradox
Diversity, inclusion and equity
initiatives are slowly but surely
becoming a core and integral part
of several leading organizations.
It is common to see these topics
right up on the agenda of the
management. In fact, there has
also been a trend for the board
members to actively push the
agenda among the stakeholders.
Mark Arell, Herc Rentals
Mark Arell, Vice President, Talent
and Organizational Development,
Herc Rentals too notes that
there is no substitute for the
CEOs commitment to driving
performance and an inclusive
“The culture of the company is
important to drive performance.
Diversity and inclusion are not
separate topics for us. It is part of
our business strategy. It is a part
of who we are and what we are
DE&I: Google Isn’t Getting it Right, Yet
On December 2, 2020, Timnit Gebru, Google’s former ethical
AI team co-lead, took to Twitter announcing that the company
forced her out. Timnit accused Google of suppressing her
research after she criticized the company’s diversity efforts.
Before joining Google, Gebru, Co-Founder of Black in AI affinity
group, had co-authored a paper that showed facial recognition
could lead to end up discimination as it is less accurate at
identifying women and people of color.
More than 1,200 Google employees and more than 1,500
academic researchers voiced their protest against Google.
On December 21, 2020, April Christina Curley, a former
Black diversity recruiter, called out on Google for firing her.
April detailed, on Twitter, a history of being passed over for
promotions and advancement despite possessing a good
track record of accomplishments and strong metics.
striving for. And it’s all focused
on driving performance and
making us a better place to work.”
HR’s Role in Building
an Inclusive Culture at
What is it like to be a woman
in Silicon Valley? It used to be
‘Exhilarating and brutally sexist’
during the initial days. ‘The bias in
the tech industry is not malicious,
but it is insidious,” says a Silicon
Valley insider-turned author, who
writes under the pen name Jenna
MacSwain. Seems like it has not
changed much 30 years down
“Some employers have made
great strides in developing
diversity, equity and inclusion
initiatives focused on training
and fostering inclusion among
employees. However, others
need to understand the value
of a diverse workforce, and
implement and promote policies
to effectively discourage and
prevent discrimination,” notes
Seyfarth Shaw’s Helen.
HR should be both responsive and proactive. When
complaints arise, HR should work with legal teams
to ensure that they are thoroughly investigated.
HR also should follow up with anyone who makes
a complaint, and work to monitor the ongoing
environment to ensure that there is no retaliation
for those who report instances of potential
discrimination or participate in investigations.
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