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SXSW Interactive 2016

How To Diversify Tech & Hack Our Unconscious Bias

Code isn’t gendered, yet the tech industry can't get women to enter and stay in the field at rates equal to their male counterparts. With increasing awareness of the problem over the last several years, sea change continues to be elusive. This panel combines data, psychology, and academic and industry leaders to discuss some of the root causes that have prevented broader gender diversity changes in tech, invites the audience to examine the unconscious biases that drive our behavior, and discusses practical ways that both women and men can be part of the solution. With a broad, interdisciplinary approach, the panel will go behind identifying to the issues to actually suggesting solutions.

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  1. How can individuals recognize their unconscious biases and make changes at both individual and organizational levels to improve diversity in tech?
  2. What is the best way that male tech workers can be true allies and make tech friendly to all employees?
  3. With corporate diversity programs flourishing, how do we accelerate the pace of change?


  • Aubrey Bach, Sr. Manager, Editorial and Marketing, PayScale
  • Matt Wallaert, Behavioral Scientist and East Coast Lead for Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft
  • Liz Morgan, Recruiting Lead - Diversity and Engineering Leadership, LinkedIn
  • Kieran Snyder, CEO and Co-Founder, Textio


Aubrey Bach, Sr Mgr, Editorial & Mktg, PayScale.com

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