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Posted November 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff in 2014
 
 

[VIDEO] TechREGISTRY Bay Area: Tech execs acknowledge diversity gap. So, what’s next?

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Highlights from the USA TODAY diversity panel @Stanford Law school. Featuring Rev. Jesse Jackson and reps from Google and Facebook. Chris Kievman Source: USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, technology companies did worse than simply shrug off the issue of diversity in their workforce.

Some sued to keep that information private from inquiring media outlets and social activists, arguing that divulging such data compromised their competitive advantage.

Given that decades-long mind-set, the USA TODAY/Stanford Diversity in Tech summit meeting Thursday night with Jesse Jackson and executives from Google and Facebook was nothing less than a breakthrough on an issue that has vexed the nation since slavery was abolished: minority access to employment and capital.

“Bringing people together to talk about these issues is historic,” said Carol Lynn McKibben, a Stanford lecturer who is writing a biography of Jackson. “These things are usually discussed behind closed doors. This was a really important moment to talk about these things in a public forum.” [...]

Jon Swartz, Jessica Guynn and Marco della Cava, USA TODAY

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