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SXSW Interactive 2016

Startups & Diversity: Can Public Policy Help?

The lack of diversity in tech is a well-documented problem and many startups are looking for innovative solutions. Congress can play a unique role in calling attention to the need for diversity and designing public policy initiatives, such as paid leave, childcare and education for those who are re-entering the workforce. Many public policies would help create more opportunities to help recruit and retain women, minorities and veterans, who are still vastly underrepresented in the startup culture. This panel will discuss how every level of society, from filmmakers to Members of Congress to current startup executives can engage in making sure our next wave of entrepreneurs is a diverse group.

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  1. What are some examples of initiatives that startup companies have done to promote diversity? Have they worked?
  2. What are some of the public policy areas that can help recruit and retain a diverse workforce in tech startups?
  3. Many entrepreneurs are skeptical that Congress can really help them promote diversity, should they continue to be or can Congress help?



Rachel Wolbers, Legislative Director, TwinLogic Strategies

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  • Tags: diversity, government
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government and Policy
  • Level: Intermediate
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