Building Diversity Across Tech Leadership Teams

Tech leaders face challenges in addressing diversity within their organizations and the broader tech ecosystem.

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As diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the tech space continue to evolve, organizations are looking to improve outreach and internal promotion efforts.

A recent JetRockets survey of 350 CIOs and CTOs indicated the positive impact of diversity on performance, with 83% of survey respondents saying the diversity of their team was responsible for improving problem-solving within their organization.

Additionally, nearly three-quarters (73%) noted team dynamics and collaboration were better when working on a team with balanced gender representation.

However, despite half of survey respondents feeling their organization's diversity outstrips industry norms, less than 20% achieved gender parity in leadership roles.

Challenges in diverse talent acquisition were also evident, with 37% citing limited candidate availability and a quarter acknowledging unconscious biases in recruitment.

Mentorships, Transparency, Fairness

"At JetRockets, we've found that the key lies in developing an ecosystem that actively supports and promotes underrepresented groups," company CEO and co-founder Natalie Kaminski told InformationWeek via email.

This includes initiating mentorship programs tailored to prepare women and minorities for leadership positions and ensuring transparency and fairness in recruitment to attract a diverse range of candidates.

"Moreover, recognizing the importance of cross-cultural communication is vital," she added.

It involves understanding and valuing different perspectives and approaches individuals from varied backgrounds bring to the table.

"This insight is essential in today's globalized business environment, as it enhances collaboration and fosters a deeper connection among team members from diverse cultural backgrounds," Kaminski said.

While the report suggests some tech leaders believe diversity might compromise merit, from her perspective, it's crucial to understand that merit and diversity are not mutually exclusive — in fact, they complement each other.

"At JetRockets we focus on identifying and nurturing diverse talents by ensuring our evaluation process is fair and unbiased," she said.

During the recruitment process, the company prioritizes alignment with core values above educational background or previous job experience.

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Nathan Eddy

Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for ITProToday and covers various IT trends and topics across wide variety of industries. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he is also a documentary filmmaker specializing in architecture and urban planning. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

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