Google isn’t the only one

This week Google release it’s data on employee diversity.  No big surprises considering the industry and I am glad they are being more transparent. They posted on their blog, “We’ve always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google. We now realize we were wrong, and that it’s time to be candid about the issues.” How transparent will they be? We’ll see. Looks like they’ve forged a new partnership with the Kapor Center for Social Impact to start. And that’s a good thing but Google isn’t the only one. It’s no surprise that tech companies are struggling with this issue as many of these companies and start-ups come from the same communities – tech geeky guys. Locally, SXSW has had it’s share of struggles and more recently with the Latino program at the interactive festival and when you walk into board rooms in the big organizations in Austin, you’ll see that they’re having the same diversity issues (roughly over 75% are white male). Now the big issue is will Google and similar companies follow through on their “commitment to diversity” or is it just another checkbox on their list? Only time will tell but we have to keep them honest. Now for companies and organizations looking to address some of these issues, here are a few ways to get started…