Workplace Diversity: Resource Roundup

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Workplace diversity and gender balance have been so much on our minds these past few months that we’ve been up to our eyeballs in fascinating facts and resources. As I archived a bunch of them recently, it occurred to me to put together a quick Workplace Diversity Resource Roundup before filing them away.

So here you go, some of our favorite resources on workplace diversity and gender balance:

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  1. Diversity in the Workplace: Take One. This one minute video by ACTRA succinctly captures the idea of looking at the workplace through a diversity lens.
  2. The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace: MIT Sloan's Evan Apfelbaum explains how homogenous teams may underestimate the complexity of their work in this video and the underlying article that both draw from his research on the business value of workplace diversity.
  3. Uh-Oh Syndrome, Learning to Understand Diversity in the Workplace: In this introductory video, Dr. Steve Robbins explains that while certain cultural and neuro-biological forces compel us to be closed-minded towards anything new or different, we have it in our power to overcome these influences so that we can comfortably entertain new ideas and be more accepting of those who differ from us.
  4. Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion and Collusion (TEDxDelrayBeach): Helen Turnbull, CEO of Human Facets, delivers a thoughtful presentation on people’s propensity for “affinity bias” and at the same time our abiding need to belong – and how these two factors can lead to exclusion.

Gender Balance & Pay Equity

  1. Documentarian Lauren Greenfield explains her #LikeAGirl video campaign as follows: "In my work as a documentarian, I have witnessed the confidence crisis among girls and the negative impact of stereotypes first-hand. When the words 'like a girl' are used to mean something bad, it is profoundly disempowering…I am excited to be a part of the movement to redefine 'like a girl' into a positive affirmation."
  2. In this TED Talk, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
  3. This editorial video by John Oliver offers biting commentary on the gender pay gap in the US and accepts no explanations or excuses for its continued existence. (Note: video starts automatically.) 
  4. In Hacking Tech’s Diversity Problem, Law Professor, Joan C. Williams, provides practical strategies for interrupting systemic gender bias in high-tech companies; comparing the long-term effectiveness of bias interruption versus cultural initiatives as a means to effect change.
  5. And for those of you who prefer your research raw, this study by Emilio Castilla and Stephen Benard documents “The Paradox of Meritocracy in Organizations” and the unintended gender bias that results.

Our Related Blog Articles

We’ve also developed a number of articles on the theme of workplace diversity, inclusion and achieving gender balance in a software company that may serve as additional resources.


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