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SXSW Interactive 2013

Is Meritocracy in Silicon Valley A Myth?

Silicon Valley loves to call itself a meritocracy. But if so, then the only way to explain the disproportionate number of women and people of color in the industry is based on merit - and the data doesn't back that up. Rachel Sklar & Eric Ries have both at one time or another pushed the unpopular idea that maybe - just maybe - there are institutional biases and barriers keeping underrepresented groups away from the table. Now, for the first time, they will be unpopular together.

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Takeaways

  1. What does it mean to be a meritocracy?
  2. If we concede that Silicon Valley is not a meritocracy, does that minimize the success of those who have made it?
  3. Forget social good, what are the bottom-line reasons to support diversity?
  4. What are the three things that need to be done to change the ratio quickest?
  5. Does bringing this awkward stuff up create an even worse environment for disadvantaged groups?

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Organizer

Rachel Sklar, Founder, Change The Ratio

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Community and Activism
  • Level: Intermediate
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