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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!
Let’s Cut to the Chase!•  Technical women   aren’t broken!•  Technical men aren’t   the enemy!•  The culprit is societal  ...
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 t...
Unconscious Bias Is More        Salient in Homogenous        Organizations! Society          Organizational Culture       ...
Subtle Dynamics Example:Stereotype Threat!           Example: White male           engineering students         score lowe...
How Stereotype Threat Impacts  Technical Women! Don’t speak up in    meetings!Are reluctant to takeleadership positions ! ...
Subtle Dynamics Example:          Micro-inequities!Slights: “You’re the receptionist, right?”!Exclusion: “Oops, Iforgot to...
Institutional Barriers!Hiring!Selecting people “like me”!!Task Assignment!Women find themselves in “low status” jobs!!Perfo...
Institutional Barriers                       Example: Bias in Hiring!                                                     ...
Things You Can Do Now!Invite diversity: make it partof your corporate DNA/brand.!Recruit in diverse networks,not just your...
Some Things Not to Do!Don’t lower your hiring standards,just make sure you are hiring forthe things that matter!Don’t form...
Case Study: Etsy!Etsy grew its number of female engineers nearly 500% by“making diversity a core value.” This not only att...
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, corpo...
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! ...
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 recog...
NCWIT TechTalk, Lucy Sanders: Startup Culture and Gender Diversity
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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 Andreessen Horowitz.

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NCWIT TechTalk, Lucy Sanders: Startup Culture and Gender Diversity

  1. 1. NCWIT TechTalk!Startups, Technical Culture, and WhyGender Diversity Matters!!February 21, 2013Lucy Sanders, NCWIT CEO!
  2. 2. I’m Lucy Sanders!
  3. 3. Why Women Matter!
  4. 4. 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!
  5. 5. Women in Tech: The Facts!
  6. 6. The Numbers Don’t Add Up!
  7. 7. What the Research Says!
  8. 8. Society is Biased AboutGender and Technology!
  9. 9. 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. !
  10. 10. Unconscious Bias Is More Salient in Homogenous Organizations! Society Organizational Culture Subtle Institutional Schemas/ Dynamics BarriersUnconscious Biases Employees
  11. 11. 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!
  12. 12. 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!
  13. 13. 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!”
  14. 14. 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!
  15. 15. 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.!
  16. 16. 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.!
  17. 17. 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!
  18. 18. 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.!
  19. 19. Changing the Status Quo to Work forWomen Works for Men, Too.!
  20. 20. NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology!Our coalition includes more than 250 universities, corporations, and non-profits. !
  21. 21. We Plug You Into a NationalNetwork!
  22. 22. 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!
  23. 23. Questions?!
  24. 24. Coming Up!
  25. 25. 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.!!

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