Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. This week, on Wednesday the 18th of July, we celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. People all over the world celebrated his life and donated 67 minutes of their time for charity work, recognizing Mandela’s 67 years of public service. Happy Friday!
We were really excited when we heard about Ericsson! All of us really wanted to go (even the jealous boys who couldn’t come). When we arrived at Ericsson we couldn’t wait to learn about technology and make our own designs.
Marko was really kind to take the time to show us a presentation and inspire us. We did a lot of fun activities, like making presentations, and we had to think of how we could improve a street light. Our favorite ideas were a disco street light which allows you to throw a party in the middle of the street, and a street light that hovers using magnets.
We had a strawberry milkshake for a snack and tortillas for lunch, and lots of fun too!
We also did a project where we designed a perfect backpack. For example Mary designed a backpack with a Bluetooth speaker and a charger for an iPod, iPad, iPhone and Apple watch. Some people also added a small pillow so you can sleep on it.
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about aging workforce, Facebook’s latest diversity report, people’s experience with discrimination and a really powerful story about a woman changing tires at Nascar races. Happy Friday!
Facebook just released their 5th annual diversity report – and there is little improvement. A few more female and minority employees in the overall workforce in comparison to last year, but when looking at black and Hispanic employees in technical and leadership roles, you see those numbers haven’t really changed in the past 5 years.
Meriam Jassim and Mannthalah Abubaker presenting their new concept
Digital technologies have changed the communication landscape, allowing new modes of communication and open publishing. In this virtual world, users can create or share content from anywhere around the globe, in private or in public, including text, images, video and audio recordings. This freedom of publishing has many benefits, such as promoting public education, allowing for the sharing of good experiences between users and presenting people with many choices.
But one major drawback is that there are still no tools or methods to validate information sources or to help users easily identify misinformation or misuse of information. Malicious users have regularly exploited this vulnerability to create and spread unreliable information, fake news and biases in order to influence user behavior. Our complex modern media environment also serves to make things even more challenging, as sophisticated technologies and tools for the editing, manipulating or simulation of content make it even easier for falsehoods to look like reality.
Nothing new – just another study showing that diversity really does pay off. Two researchers from Harvard Business School looked at data from US venture capital firms since 1990 and analyzed their performance and the impact of diversity. Homogenous teams (e.g. partners coming from the same school or sharing the same ethnic background) were up to 30% less successful than diverse teams, and adding female partners made VCs notably more profitable.
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about a brilliant Coke campaign, the reverse gender gap in Mongolia, Disney’s CODE: Rosie program and an inspiring artist from Ghana. Happy Friday!
Women in Tech
The Walt Disney Company is offering female employees who are currently working in non-tech roles, the opportunity to become software engineers. The CODE: Rosieprogram, first launched in 2016, offers women a 15 months training program, after which they can move into one of Disney’s technical teams.
Konichiwa readers! Earlier this month, our journey as the Young Advisory Board brought us to the wonderful country of Japan. During our tenure in the Young Advisory Board, we select one region to visit to support both our individual development as well as contribute to our assignment. Since we have been focused on the quality of our products for the last year, Japan was an easy choice due to it having a very quality conscious culture as well as some of the most demanding customers regarding product quality in the world.
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about Google’s latest diversity report, an inspiring skateboarder, GMs new CFO and the youngest – and only female – trader at the NYSW. Happy Friday!
Google just released their latest diversity report and in most areas, there is very little change. Very male, a few less white staff, a few more Asian staff, but no real changes for black and Latino employees and looking at women, they only improved from 30.6% in 2014 to 30.9% this year (they did increase the percentage of women in technical roles though).
The reality is that we are all human beings. It’s part of human nature that every person makes an imaginary boundary in his/her mind while interacting with a person from different culture. Somehow, we come to accept this way of thinking, which is called unconscious bias. Without being exposed to a diverse environment, it’s nearly impossible to think with an open mind.
For example, consider the topic of how to best address a superior in the office. There are significant variances in different cultures around the world in the way a person speaks to his/her superior. One of the Ericsson core values is “Respect”, and there are varying ways of showing respect to superiors in societies around the world. When so many different cultures come together in a work environment, then it can be difficult to get away from stereotyping or offending. The more we interact, the more we learn. Mindset is also significant, everybody needs to have willingness to become undisguised. Continue reading