SXSW 2022

A Fresh Take on Measuring Diversity & Equity Work


Join nationally-recognized Latina entrepreneur, thought leader, and philanthropist Beatriz Acevedo for a conversation about a bold new approach that more than 200 tech companies in Los Angeles are taking to measuring diversity, equity, and inclusion work. The companies, as part of PledgeLA, have evolved the model of the typical “diversity survey” to meet the unique needs of 21st-century tech teams. We’ll dig into questions such as: ensuring data privacy on small teams, increasing staff participation, and how leaders can take meaningful actions based on what they learn. Hear from experts deeply rooted in equity and social impact work, including: Professor Jasmine Hill of UCLA, Martin Fogelman, Co-Founder and CEO of Pluto, and Jamie Sullivan, Senior Director of Marketing at Soylent.

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  1. Meaningful progress in diversity work requires safe feedback loops for employees - helping leaders identify clear, tangible paths to progress.
  2. New metrics are needed to reflect the needs of modern tech teams, such as: pay equity, socio-economic background, caregiving status, and more.
  3. In a sector driven by data, early-stage tech leaders should prioritize, not shy away from - gathering diversity and inclusion data about their teams.



Calvin Selth, Program Lead, AnnenbergTech / PledgeLA

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry
  • Track 2 Startups
  • Level: Intermediate

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