Brenda Darden Wilkerson stands at a podium and speaks at a GHC 17 session

Executives Must Take Further Action Against Racism

Although tech leaders have condemned recent events like the white supremacists protests in Charlottesville, few are actively standing up against racism and bigotry. "An executive's actions against racism shouldn't begin and end with mild condemnations," writes Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of "It's time for industry leaders to step out from behind the safety of open letters and move into the realm of true social justice."
A crowd of attendees at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show hold up their phones as they stand in front of a large, colorful screen. Credit: Scott Swigart (cc) 2.0.

We Must Hold CES Organizers Accountable for Keynote Diversity

This year's Consumer Electronics Show keynote lineup is anything but diverse. Not a single main stage speaker is female nor a member of an underrepresented minority. Although the organizers claimed there weren't many qualified women speakers to choose from, industry leaders were quick to point out the diverse lineups at other events, including our own Grace Hopper Celebration.
A close up of woman of color's hands typing on a laptop at the GHC 16 OSD

New GAO Report Spotlights Government Role in Solving the Tech Industry’s Diversity Problem

In 1995, tech visionary Anita Borg issued a challenge: to create a technical workforce made up of 50 percent women by the year 2020. When Anita issued this challenge, 37% of computer scientists in the U.S. were female. But today, we're looking at a very different workforce — one that is struggling to recover from a steep drop in gender diversity over the past 20 years.