The keynote lineup at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is anything but diverse. Not a single main stage speaker is female, nor a member of an underrepresented minority. Although the Consumer Technology Association — the parent company of CES — 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.
“It’s well past time for this venerable show to grow up and start treating female executives and other women technologists with the respect they deserve,” wrote Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of AnitaB.org. “The CTA must give audiences the opportunity to hear from the full breadth and depth of our industry’s leaders, not just a privileged group.”
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