The Journey…Diversity Recruiting Karen Wilkins-Mickey,  Diversity Staffing Program Manager, Microsoft Entertainment Device...
The Journey Begins… <ul><li>Karen Wilkins-Mickey  born and raised in NYC married to Korey Mickey. Mom to Kyra and Kaden.  ...
The Face of Gaming <ul><li>Male = 88.5%   </li></ul><ul><li>Female = 11.5% </li></ul><ul><li>More than 60% of studios clai...
The Journey is about.. <ul><li>Accessibility - Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability – Recruiting and retaining a di...
Accessibility &The Power of Networking <ul><li>Your network is dynamic and ever-changing </li></ul><ul><li>Network + You =...
“ and  she’ll   tell  two  friends”
“ and  they’ll   tell   two   friends…”
“ and  so on,”
“ and  so on ,”
“ and  so on,”
Top 10 Networking Tips <ul><li>Don’t be hesitant to talk to strangers. Assume the other person is as hesitant as you are. ...
Accountability- Recruiting <ul><li>The pool is small and we all want the  SAME  people </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage game con...
Financial Responsibility <ul><li>Building a diverse workforce is a strategy that makes good business sense </li></ul><ul><...
The Good News… <ul><li>Fortune Magazine named100 most influential Women in gaming (7 MS women made that list) </li></ul><u...
The not so good news… <ul><li>More than 60% of the studios claim that obtaining diverse applicants is challenging </li></u...
A BIG THANK YOU! <ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
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Diversity Staffing
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The journey to
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Microsoft Corp, USA

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    1. 1. The Journey…Diversity Recruiting Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Diversity Staffing Program Manager, Microsoft Entertainment Devices Division Women in Gaming UK- April 2007
    2. 2. The Journey Begins… <ul><li>Karen Wilkins-Mickey born and raised in NYC married to Korey Mickey. Mom to Kyra and Kaden. Recently moved from California to Redmond in November 2006. Joined Microsoft on March 28 , 2005 </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Face of Gaming <ul><li>Male = 88.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Female = 11.5% </li></ul><ul><li>More than 60% of studios claim that obtaining diverse applicants is challenging </li></ul><ul><li>(U.S data) </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Journey is about.. <ul><li>Accessibility - Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability – Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Responsibility –A diverse workforce makes business sense </li></ul>
    5. 5. Accessibility &The Power of Networking <ul><li>Your network is dynamic and ever-changing </li></ul><ul><li>Network + You = Formula for Success </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ She’ll tell two friends” networking system </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. “ and she’ll tell two friends”
    7. 7. “ and they’ll tell two friends…”
    8. 8. “ and so on,”
    9. 9. “ and so on ,”
    10. 10. “ and so on,”
    11. 11. Top 10 Networking Tips <ul><li>Don’t be hesitant to talk to strangers. Assume the other person is as hesitant as you are. </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes and follow up upon return to the office. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t network just to network- have a purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Build it before you need it- think ahead </li></ul><ul><li>Always ask- don’t shy away from asking for what you what. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t have network Bias- the tendency to associate, interact and be comfortable with folks in the same skill set </li></ul><ul><li>Be respectful- don’t just ask for things you need as the only way to stay in touch </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t ping too much </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t keep score- be willing to connect people </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t take names just to fill up your contact list </li></ul>
    12. 12. Accountability- Recruiting <ul><li>The pool is small and we all want the SAME people </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage game conferences to talk to women gamers </li></ul><ul><li>Strong corporate image – culture and environment </li></ul><ul><li>Organization and community involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Referrals! Referrals! Referrals! </li></ul><ul><li>Retain and develop diverse talent </li></ul>
    13. 13. Financial Responsibility <ul><li>Building a diverse workforce is a strategy that makes good business sense </li></ul><ul><li>Companies can not view diversity as just another program or initiative-it has to be a way of life </li></ul>
    14. 14. The Good News… <ul><li>Fortune Magazine named100 most influential Women in gaming (7 MS women made that list) </li></ul><ul><li>Women are filling more jobs in the games industry: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Female artists, scriptwriters and game designers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing and PR are the top jobs of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A handful of programmers </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. The not so good news… <ul><li>More than 60% of the studios claim that obtaining diverse applicants is challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Still a low percentage of women entering into computer science coursework </li></ul><ul><li>We have a long way to go but we are getting there….. </li></ul>
    16. 16. A BIG THANK YOU! <ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>

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