Project Include wants to really and radically diversify tech. The new non-profit, which recently brought on board tech leaders Ellen Pao, Tracy Chou (Pinterest) and Y-Vonne Hutchison (ReadySet), tracks diversity at tech companies and provides resources and training materials. Its founders are just as, if not more, impressive and include Erica Baker (Slack), Laura I. ... Read Full Article
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The Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite started last year in reaction to the overwhelming whiteness of nominations for Hollywood's favourite award. This year, with the slate of nominees even more uniformly white, the hashtag returned, along with blistering critiques of the film industry's lack of diversity in front of and behind the camera. And as the awkward and embarrassing ... Read Full Article
A growing number of companies, startups and venerable giants alike, are addressing mental health at work in a big way. Google offers stress management classes. Appster has regular and anonymous venting sessions where employees can let it all hang out. Apps like Joyable claim to aid in self-help. Services like PeopleSpark aim to improve communication between managers and ... Read Full Article
Although Twitter Engineering Manager Leslie Miley was let go in the recent round of Twitter layoffs, on Tuesday he published a piece on Medium say that he had been planning to leave the company anyway. With Miley's departure, Twitter is now without a single black engineer in a leadership role. Only 1% of Twitter's tech workforce and 4% of it's non-tech workforce is ... Read Full Article
Don't forget to consider voting for my session at SXSW, "Brand Ambassadors: Pure Genius or Risky Business." Click here to vote. Took a look at your Twitter stream lately? Just do a nice little search on the #SXSW hash tag on Twitter and you'll see what I mean. It's SXSW Panel Picker voting time. Every year thousands of sessions are submitted for SXSW and session panelists, ... Read Full Article