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NCWIT CEO Lucy Sanders presents data on unconscious bias, the business case for technical women at startups, and why you should join the NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance. Delivered on 2-21-2013 at ...

NCWIT CEO Lucy Sanders presents data on unconscious bias, the business case for technical women at startups, and why you should join the NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance. Delivered on 2-21-2013 at Andreessen Horowitz.

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  • NCWIT TechTalk!Startups, Technical Culture, and WhyGender Diversity Matters!!February 21, 2013Lucy Sanders, NCWIT CEO!
  • I’m Lucy Sanders!
  • Why Women Matter! View slide
  • Let’s Cut to the Chase!•  Technical women aren’t broken!•  Technical men aren’t the enemy!•  The culprit is societal bias (shared by both women and men) that manifests itself in technical cultures!•  We can (and should) be in action today! View slide
  • Women in Tech: The Facts!
  • The Numbers Don’t Add Up!
  • What the Research Says!
  • Society is Biased AboutGender and Technology!
  • What Causes SocietalBias?! We all have shortcuts, “schemas” that help us make sense of the world. But our shortcuts sometimes make us misinterpret or miss things. ! That’s unconscious bias. !
  • Unconscious Bias Is More Salient in Homogenous Organizations! Society Organizational Culture Subtle Institutional Schemas/ Dynamics BarriersUnconscious Biases Employees
  • Subtle Dynamics Example:Stereotype Threat! Example: White male engineering students score lower when told in advance that Asians typically score higher on math tests! Source: Aronson, et al., 1999; Steele & Aronson, 1998!
  • How Stereotype Threat Impacts Technical Women! Don’t speak up in meetings!Are reluctant to takeleadership positions ! Are overly harshabout their own work! Can discount their own performance!
  • Subtle Dynamics Example: Micro-inequities!Slights: “You’re the receptionist, right?”!Exclusion: “Oops, Iforgot to cc her on theemail about thearchitecture review.”Recognition: “No, I’mpretty sure Jane wouldnot have had theidea to use a link algorithm.”Isolation: “Dude, let’s grab a beer!”
  • Institutional Barriers!Hiring!Selecting people “like me”!!Task Assignment!Women find themselves in “low status” jobs!!Performance Appraisal !Men appraised for effort, skill; women for collaboration, luck!!Promotion!Criteria modeled implicitly on existing senior male leaders!
  • Institutional Barriers Example: Bias in Hiring! “Blind” orchestra auditions, with musicians behind a curtain, increased the number of female musicians hired by 25% to 46% percent. ! !Goldin & Rouse (2000) The American Economic Review, 90(4), 715-741.!
  • Things You Can Do Now!Invite diversity: make it partof your corporate DNA/brand.!Recruit in diverse networks,not just your status quonetworks.!Inspect business processesfor unconscious bias. !Assure inclusive teammeetings and social events.!Audit your physical spacefor gendered vibes.!
  • Some Things Not to Do!Don’t lower your hiring standards,just make sure you are hiring forthe things that matter!Don’t form development teamswith just one woman engineer!Don’t depend only on femaleemployees to advance yourgender goals!Don’t give up: this is a longdistance race and not a sprint!
  • Case Study: Etsy!Etsy grew its number of female engineers nearly 500% by“making diversity a core value.” This not only attracted morewomen candidates, it attracted higher-quality malecandidates, too.!
  • Changing the Status Quo to Work forWomen Works for Men, Too.!
  • NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology!Our coalition includes more than 250 universities, corporations, and non-profits. !
  • We Plug You Into a NationalNetwork!
  • We’ve Got Free, Research-backed Tools ! Supervisory Program-in-a-Box Series! Top 5 Reasons You Should Work
 at a Startup! Top Ten Ways to Be a Male Advocate for Technical Women! Top 10 Ways Managers Can Increase the Visibility of Technical Women!
  • Questions?!
  • Coming Up!
  • Advocacy Campaign: Sit With Me!Sometimes you have to sit to takea stand.!!We sit to inspire women in tech.!We sit to recognize women’svisibility.!We sit for the future of tech.!We sit to take a stand.!!We won’t stand for anything less.!!