A Rallying Cry for Black Women in STEM from Intel’s Chief Diversity Officer
By: Barbara Whye, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Intel
I have so much respect for the women in technology we met during our AfroTech event. That said, even as we celebrated all of the amazing #STEMstories that were told, I’m sure they would all agree, we still have a challenging road ahead and must continue to rally together on our journey to open doors for others.
What does that mean? Simply put, in order to help close diversity gaps in STEM, we must address the bias Black women face in the technology industry daily. Bias, I would even say, that extends beyond this one industry and lives at the very core of our shared Black female experience.
As the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Intel, I’m committed to using my position to build ongoing solutions. In 2015, Intel pledged to achieve full representation in our workforce by 2020. I’m proud to say that we hit this goal in October 2018, a full two years ahead of schedule! It’s an amazing achievement for Intel, but not enough to fully address the fundamental problem holding back the advancement of technology and society as a whole.
I am often asked, “Why are so few Black women in technology?” “How can we create change?” Well, I have suggestions to help decision-makers ensure fair leadership.
1.) BE TRANSPARENT with data
2.) CREATE PARITY at leadership levels
3.) ADOPT BLIND HIRING PROCESSES to reduce overall corporate bias
There’s much more to say and not enough room here. If you’re serious about finding solutions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m eager to connect.