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SXSW 2017

Myth Busters: The Not-So-Broken Pipeline

The "broken pipeline" has been used as a scapegoat when addressing the lack of diversity in the tech industry. Leaders are quick to point to the skills gap in underrepresented people of color, when data shows that there are more Black and Hispanic & Latino students graduating in computer science and engineering than the estimate 1% and 3% respectively employed in tech. While there's some truth to the "broken pipeline" theory, orgs like CODE2040 and Management Leadership for Tomorrow know better. The session will focus on partnership strategies that increase diversity and how there's much more to ensuring an inclusive culture where underrepresented candidates, and employees, will thrive.

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  1. What are some existing data that debunks the "broken pipeline" myth?
  2. What does a successful partnership between a company and an organization like CODE2040 and/or MLT look like? What are critical components?
  3. What are three things that companies need to have, or consider, before it'll be successful in shifting its employee demographics?



Lisa Lee, Dir of Diversity and Inclusion, Pandora

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