The lack of diversity is an unfortunate reality across businesses worldwide — and this is especially true in the tech industry. Research shows that female participation in computer jobs has declined since the 1990s and now stands at 25%, while African Americans represent 9% of all STEM workers and Hispanics only 7%.
Let me share a bit of background about my own career and why workplace diversity is so important to me. Today, I am vice president of engineering and product at Talkdesk. I have more than 15 years of experience as an engineer and as a manager in San Francisco Bay Area startups and larger companies. I’m passionate about modern engineering practices and enjoy networking with other engineering leaders and sharing things I’ve learned in my own career.
Throughout my journey from engineer to senior management, I’ve grown more aware of and concerned about the underrepresentation of women, minorities, LGBTQ and members of the disability community in the tech industry. That’s why I was so excited and honored to receive an invitation from Plato to take part in its Circles of Inclusion program.
Plato is a San Francisco-based organization that helps engineering leaders develop soft skills and build better teams through mentorship. The free Circles for Inclusion program specifically aims to connect people from underrepresented communities to world-class tech leaders through intimate group mentorship. Participants are invited to connect virtually and share experiences, obstacles and successes over four weekly sessions.
As a privileged white guy in a leadership position, I realize that I can’t fully comprehend the challenges that social and cultural minorities face. However, I hope to be an ally, and I feel a responsibility to leverage my leadership position to address the opportunity gap.
I invite every engineer from underrepresented communities to take part in my Plato sessions, or one of the other great sessions Plato is hosting. These virtual gatherings are designed to support those looking to grow in their organization and contribute to a more equal and diverse society. My sessions are intended for engineering managers and engineers who are looking to make the leap into management. We will discuss how modern engineering practices and processes can lead to more successful teams, better, more interesting code, and happier employees. The sessions start on July 21; join me!
Please find more information on the Circles of Inclusion program and all the registration details here.
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