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 AnitaB.org. "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."
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.
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.
Read Blue Sky's interview with Brenda Darden Wilkerson, the new CEO and President of AnitaB.org, and learn about her vision for the future of AnitaB.org.
Brenda Darden Wilkerson succeeds Dr. Telle Whitney, who announced her retirement earlier this year after 15 years of service.