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.
Dr. Freada Kapor Klein

Dr. Freada Kapor Klein

2017 Fall Meeting Keynote Speaker
Founding Partner, Kapor Capital
Advisory Trustee, U.C. Berkeley Foundation
Founding Member, Project Include
Freada is an entrepreneur, activist, and pioneer in the field of organizational culture and diversity.

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Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel, Ph.D.

2017 Spring Meeting Keynote Speaker
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies , SUNY
Executive Director, Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities
Michael is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He consults widely with corporations, NGOs, and public sector organizations on gender equity issues.

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Aubrey Blanche

Aubrey Blanche

2017 Spring Meeting Speaker
Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian
Aubrey works with partners across the tech industry to define new standards for company transparency, reporting, and investment in diversity and inclusion. She relies on social science research and methodologies to understand the psychological and structural barriers to achieving full representation and inclusion.

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LaFawn Davis

LaFawn Davis

2017 Spring Meeting Speaker
Global Head of Culture & Inclusion, Twilio
LaFawn is a strategic leader with 15 years of experience in cultural change. She focuses on elevating core values, leadership principles, inclusion, diversity, and belonging through creative methods of education, inspiration, and global employee engagement.

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