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Distributedmeetup:
Diversity
Mikael Falkvidd
Step1:Acknowledgetheproblem
We are all biased.
The largest problem is when we aren't
aware of it.
- Sheryl Sandberg, Lean ...
Jobads:badexample1
Jobads:badexample2
How many women do you think will identify with this description?
Jobads:Simpletrickstouse
Let a woman write the ad
Stay away from "guru, ninja, superhero"
Show that women are “allowed”, f...
Diversityleadstobetterproducts
"What if we develop a new voice codec
that doesn't work with female voices?" -
Google
Not l...
Diversityleadstobetterprofitability
“going from having no women in corporate leadership (the
CEO, the board, and other C-s...
Asaspeaker/panelist
Ask the organizers - how many female speakers have you
booked?
Consider turning an opportunity down if...
Asorganizerofaconference/meetup/etc
Put extra effort into finding great female speakers. Use all
channels: Message boards,...
Meetings
Make sure everyone gets a chance to say something.
Use round-the-table, post it writing or other techniques to ma...
Unicorns
Women in tech are few.
Don't put them on pedestals.
Don't expect them to stand on the barricades.
Acknowledge peo...
Feministcookies
When you do something to promote diversity, don't do it because
it makes you look good.
Don't expect prais...
Greatresourcestogetstarted
http://geekfeminism.wikia.com
https://github.com/dutt/fler_kvinnliga_kodare
Feminist Frequency ...
Wecanallmakeadifference
You will make mistakes.
That's life.
Everyone can't do everything.
But we can all do something.
“A...
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Distributed meetup: diversity

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Business reasons and simple tricks to get better at managing diversity in the workplace. This presentation was held at Distributed Meetup

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Distributed meetup: diversity

  1. 1. Distributedmeetup: Diversity Mikael Falkvidd
  2. 2. Step1:Acknowledgetheproblem We are all biased. The largest problem is when we aren't aware of it. - Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In
  3. 3. Jobads:badexample1
  4. 4. Jobads:badexample2 How many women do you think will identify with this description?
  5. 5. Jobads:Simpletrickstouse Let a woman write the ad Stay away from "guru, ninja, superhero" Show that women are “allowed”, for example by letting them be visible on your web site, publish blog posts, appear in photos and attend public events Show genuine diversity efforts within the company. Start with what you have and make something of it. Think about where your ad is shown - go outside the traditional “tech bubble”
  6. 6. Diversityleadstobetterproducts "What if we develop a new voice codec that doesn't work with female voices?" - Google Not limited to gender: The first cameras with face detection were unable to detect non-caucasian people. By having employees representing the whole user/customer base, it will be easier to consider the different needs and opportunities.
  7. 7. Diversityleadstobetterprofitability “going from having no women in corporate leadership (the CEO, the board, and other C-suite positions) to a 30% female share is associated with a one-percentage-point increase in net margin — which translates to a 15% increase in profitability for a typical firm” - Harvard Business Review
  8. 8. Asaspeaker/panelist Ask the organizers - how many female speakers have you booked? Consider turning an opportunity down if the panel isn't diverse Promote diversity in examples, references, images, etc
  9. 9. Asorganizerofaconference/meetup/etc Put extra effort into finding great female speakers. Use all channels: Message boards, friends, FB, Rättviseförmedlingen* Example: At the OWASP Gothenburg security conference, the most popular speaker had a talk about living with an implanted vulnerable pacemaker Make sure there is a code of conduct and an anti-harassment policy and that people are aware that they exist and will, if necessary, be enforced.
  10. 10. Meetings Make sure everyone gets a chance to say something. Use round-the-table, post it writing or other techniques to make sure the voice of people who aren't comfortable taking up space is heard also. It might be the timid person over in the corner who has the best idea.
  11. 11. Unicorns Women in tech are few. Don't put them on pedestals. Don't expect them to stand on the barricades. Acknowledge people for their expertise and experience, not for their gender (or race, origin, etc) Bad example: The CEO of a software company proudly announced the newest employee on the all-employee-meeting with the following words: "We are very proud to have employed X, especially since she is a woman.
  12. 12. Feministcookies When you do something to promote diversity, don't do it because it makes you look good. Don't expect praise. This has already happened so many time there is a phrase for it. That probably means it has happened a lot of times.
  13. 13. Greatresourcestogetstarted http://geekfeminism.wikia.com https://github.com/dutt/fler_kvinnliga_kodare Feminist Frequency - currently crowdfunding http://equality.nyteknik.se @everydaysexism on Twitter / http://everydaysexism.com/ http://rattviseformedlingen.se/nyhet/atta-goa-8-mars-tips Two great dsicussions from the FB group "Kodapor" http://goo.gl/z89xwD http://goo.gl/D2u6Id http://www.heforshe.org/ https://www.ted.com/attend/conferences/special-events/tedwomen Codarica: Computer Science for kids http://www.teklafestival.se/ https://hbr.org/2016/02/study-firms-with-more-women-in-the-c-suite-are-more-profitable http://www.yrkesdorren.se Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg Women in tech: The Book (will be released March 29th) Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
  14. 14. Wecanallmakeadifference You will make mistakes. That's life. Everyone can't do everything. But we can all do something. “Ask yourself: if not me, who? If not now, when?” - UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson

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