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SXSW 2018

Valley Exodus! Talent's Migration to New Tech Hubs

Pioneers once headed west for new frontiers with endless possibilities. But in the era of tech’s bro culture, many of today’s pioneers are exiting Silicon Valley to new innovation hubs like Denver, Austin, Philadelphia and Boston. What’s causing this migration? Some say cost of living, others cite the Valley’s lack of diversity. This session explores how cities, and companies thriving in them, are attracting talent by building inclusive cultures focused on community, collaboration and diversity.

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  1. What’s causing this quiet migration out of the Valley? Is it cost of living, the “glass ceiling,” or something else? Where is all our talent going?
  2. How are cities outside the Valley persuading top talent to settle down in their towns instead? What are their local companies doing differently?
  3. Is geography enough to change the tech industry’s alleged "bro culture" that seems to plague Silicon Valley companies?



Rachel Hunter, Dir of Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast/NBCUniversal

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Workplace
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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