When patience stops being a virtue

Fixing our diversity problems faster


Silicon Valley is all about doing things faster — getting to market quickly, embracing agility, innovating at a staggering pace. And yet we’ve been OK to let diversity initiatives crawl along at a percent improvement each year (and that’s if we’re lucky). Google succeeded in growing its women in tech from 18% in 2015 to 19% in 2016. Intel managed to increase the number of women in their workforce from 23.5% in 2014 to 24.8% in 2015. And the thing is, that’s amazing news! Because most other large companies haven’t managed to achieve even those increases.

We are unimpressed when companies increase their year over year revenue by 1%. Yet a 1% increase in diversity numbers is a laudable achievement!

Why don’t we address diversity with the same urgency we apply to every other challenge Silicon Valley tackles?

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