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Pinterest Employees Demand Gender and Race Equality

pinterest employees demand gender and race equality

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The messages used words like disappointed, disheartened, angered, upset, ashamed, frustrated, infuriated, disillusioned, deeply saddened and disturbed. On Friday, 236 employees of Pinterest, a company known for its virtual pinboards, expressed solidarity on an internal chat app with three former co-workers who have accused the company of racial and sex discrimination and retaliation.Many of the employees also shared and signed an online petition calling on Ben Silbermann, Pinterest’s chief executive and co-founder, to change the company’s policies.Then they logged off, staging a virtual walkout.The series of actions were the latest in a growing employee movement of discrimination lawsuits, harassment accusations and walkouts over injustices across the tech industry and the investors who fund it.The Pinterest accusations stand out because they include some of the highest-ranking executives at the $21 billion company. In a lawsuit this week, Françoise Brougher, Pinterest’s former chief operating officer, accused the company of sex discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. When she spoke up about a sexist remark from a colleague, she was fired, the lawsuit alleges. She followed the suit with a lengthy blog post, “The Pinterest Paradox: Cupcakes and Toxicity,” which was widely shared in tech circles.A Pinterest …

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Trailblazing tech exec wants to make sure Israeli girls follow her path in the male-dominated industry

trailblazing tech exec wants to make sure israeli girls follow her path in the male-dominated industry

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After the umpteenth time in which she entered a room to discover that once more she was the only woman in attendance, Neta Blum realized that she must act. The result, the At (Hebrew for “you,” feminine) program which encourages young girls all over Israel to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Blum, and some 250 of the country’s female tech leaders, including representatives from Google, Microsoft and Cybereason, visit high schools across the country explaining to young girls why a successful career in tech is open to them just as it is to the boys in their classroom, and at the same time serving as role models and living proof to their claims.
 Young girls would be hard-pressed to find a more impressive role model than Blum, who at 27 has not only founded At, but also heads the Ministry of Defense’s Flight Technologies Department at the Directorate of Defense Research and Development, the first woman and youngest person ever in this position. In fact, Blum is the only female employee among the dozens working in the Flight Technologies Department. She is simultaneously carving out a career in academia as a Technion Ph.D. student in …

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Opinion | Hitting the Glass Ceiling, Suddenly, at Pinterest

opinion | hitting the glass ceiling, suddenly, at pinterest

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The stories of gender exclusion I heard this week from women working at Pinterest and their former colleagues were numbingly similar, with most using the same words over and over again: Sidelined. Shut down. Doors closed. Inner circles. Toxic secrecy. Homegrown boys club. Left out of meetings. Out of key decisions. Out of promotions. Out.Which is why the essay “The Pinterest Paradox: Cupcakes and Toxicity,” published on Medium by its recently ousted chief operating officer, Françoise Brougher, landed with a definitive boom. Ms. Brougher has also filed a lawsuit against the social media company — whose service lets users compile and share collections of images — saying she was fired after she complained about gendered treatment. It follows another suit last month by a top female executive against a financial technology start-up, Carta, alleging pay discrimination and retaliation.Ms. Brougher’s excruciating on-the-record post about her time at Pinterest also resounds with a tiresome familiarity for those who have been monitoring the diversity struggle in Silicon Valley for a while now. Her tale is one of a woman who had held top positions at Google and Square and then found herself in her most powerful digital role yet — the No. 2 …

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A beginner’s guide to diversity, equity and inclusion

a beginner’s guide to diversity, equity and inclusion

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After Minneapolis police killed George Floyd and the subsequent racial justice uprising, many people in tech shouted from the rooftops that “Black Lives Matter,” despite having subpar representation of Black and Latinx folks at their companies. In some cases, these companies’ proclamations of “Black Lives Matter” felt especially performative in contrast to their respective stances on Trump and selling their technology to law enforcement agencies. 
Still, this has led to an increased focus on diversity, inclusion and equity in the tech industry. If you’re wondering things like, “Where do I find Black and brown talent?” or saying, “I’d invest in Black and Latinx people if I could find them!,” then this is for you. 
Below, you’ll learn about some of the issues at play, some of the key organizations doing work in this space, and access a glossary of frequently used terms in the realm of diversity, equity and inclusion in tech.

The data

Major tech companies are predominantly white and male. Facebook, for example, is just 3.9% Black, 6.3% Latinx and 37% female.
In 2018, female founders brought in just 2.2% of U.S. venture capital dollars.
Less than 10 percent of decision-makers at VC firms in the U.S. are women.

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Diversity pledges alone won’t change corporate workplaces – here’s what will

diversity pledges alone won’t change corporate workplaces – here’s what will

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Dozen of companies, from Apple to Zappos, have reacted to George Floyd’s killing and the protests that followed by pledging to make their workforces more diverse.

While commendable, to me it feels a bit like deja vu. Back in 2014, a host of tech companies made similar commitments to diversify their ranks. Their latest reports – which they release annually – show they’ve made little progress.

Why have their efforts largely failed? Were they just empty promises?

As a gender diversity scholar, I explored these questions in my recent paper published in the Stanford Technology Law Review. The problem is not a lack of commitment but what social scientists call “unconscious bias.”

Big tech, little progress

Today’s efforts to promote diversity are certainly more specific than the tech industry’s vague promises in 2014.

In 2020, sports apparel maker Adidas pledged to fill at least 30% of all open positions with Black or Latino candidates. Cosmetics company Estée Lauder promised to make sure the share of Black people it employs mirrors their percentage of the U.S. population within five years. And Facebook vowed to double its number of Black and Latino employees within three years.

Companies have also committed at least US$1 …

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Hotel Revenue Hacks with the Women in Hospitality & Travel-Tech – Hospitality Net

hotel revenue hacks with the women in hospitality & travel-tech – hospitality net

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What’s the good news, ladies? August edition | BenefitsPRO

what’s the good news, ladies? august edition | benefitspro

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Guess what’s next week?! It’s BenefitsPRO Broker Expo time! This is one of my favorite conferences every year and this year we are doing the Fast & Furious Session from the main stage! So if you haven’t already registered, make sure you handle that ASAP! Since it is virtual this year, if you are a broker or agent, you can get in on the fun for no charge and learn what the rest of us already know about this great show!
In July, we kicked off our Wonder Woman Mastermind group, which was the brainchild of this series. We had a wonderful first meeting, where we shared some excellent marketing ideas with each other. If you are looking to be inspired by more women in our industry, please meet Bobbie and Diedre. Both women are breaking down barriers for women in our industry with personal impact and mentorship.

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Joe Biden’s VP pick Kamala Harris has held prominent roles in California politics since 2004. Here are the tech moguls and A-list Hollywood bigwigs who have supported her over the years.

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Harris once called Universal Pictures Chairwoman Donna Langley “an advocate for vital voices” at a 2014 Vanity Fair event.

Kamala (L) and Langley (R)

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At Vanity Fair’s Power of Women event, Harris introduced Donna Langley on stage with praise for her advocacy work and her successful career as a studio executive. After Biden announced his pick, Langley told Variety, “Kamala demonstrates a level of passion, grace and grit, that separated her from the pack. I’ve always believed in her leadership and she is the right VP candidate to face the challenges our country has ahead of us.”Vanity Fair reported that Langley has supported Harris since around the time of her bid for attorney general in 2010. Other top NBC executives such as Jeffrey Katzenberg and Jeff Shell have put their support behind Harris.The LA Times reported that Katzenberg, the former DreamWorks Animation top dog, donated $2,800 to Harris’ presidential campaign in 2o19. He also donated to her competition in the initially crowded field of contenders for the Democratic nomination. Shell, the CEO of NBCUniversal, opened the doors to his Beverly Hills home for a Harris fundraiser in February 2019. The guest list included Katzenberg, Eva Longoria, …

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Tech sitcoms that you should binge

tech sitcoms that you should binge

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Comedy shows continue to dominate mainstream television entertainment as newer genres keep emerging. Tech comedy has gained massive popularity in the mainstream media, alongside the rise of big tech. The most popular ones are about science fiction served with nihilist humour, struggles of a tech start-up, and general day to day struggles of IT guys in a regular office environment.
Unfortunately, much like gender disparity in the tech industry itself, the tech comedy shows have a severe lack of representation of women in its cast and the lack of female presence as leads on tech comedies in present too. The only show featuring women in tech, The Developers, is currently in post-production, and it’s a drama series, not a comedy. Regardless of the lack of gender inclusivity that we hope changes soon, here are some classic and hilarious tech comedies to watch.
Silicon Valley
It’s a show set in San Franciso, California, about an aspiring tech and his eternal struggle to establish a venture in the global centre of the tech industry, Silicon Valley. Throughout the 6 seasons, the show makers try their best to create a parody of the Silicon Valley culture. The protagonist of the show is a programmer, …

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Why women need to ‘shout those accomplishments’ | HRExecutiv

why women need to ‘shout those accomplishments’ | hrexecutiv

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Mentoring and sponsorships are key to helping women amplify their voices, one expert says.

When it comes to job hunting, research has shown that men, on average, will apply for jobs even if they only meet a few of the eligibility requirements—while women typically won’t go for the position unless they are 100% qualified.
“Look at the fact that Kanye is running for president,” says Katharine Mobley, global chief marketing officer at First Advantage. “Men apply for jobs they’re not qualified for, while women don’t take the initiative.”
That speaks to a much larger, systemic issue that is being magnified by the coronavirus pandemic: Women aren’t doing enough to advocate for themselves.
Katharine Mobley
“We as women don’t shout our accomplishments loud enough and we need to learn to do that better,” Mobley says. “We tend to be more timid because it feels self-serving to us and it feels foreign.”
That’s where mentoring can come in.
Mentoring has long been a part of her professional career—since she connected with healthcare marketing executive Cynthia Porter decades ago.
“She had some amazing insights into being a woman in business and tech and taught me a …

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