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Udacity Follows Through On Pledge To Build Stronger Pipeline Of Black Tech Talent

Last year, online learning and talent platform Udacity announced the launch of a free scholarship program that pledged to help emerging Black techies develop new tech skills for their careers. Today, the company has announced the completion of said pledge that’s working to build a stronger pipeline of Black tech talent in the industry. According to a press release, Udacity — which uses its platform to power the careers of the future — has declared that its Pledge to Equality Scholarship program has helped 730 recipients complete more than 1,100 projects as part of their coursework and hired seven graduates as company interns across different departments. The scholarship program was initially launched to offer free Udacity Nanodegree programs to Black communities across the U.S. The company also arranged to host a virtual career fair featuring seven different companies and contributed over $1 million to cover the cost of these free Nanodegree programs for learners. According to...

Jul 14, 2021

Study Shows There Is Still Little Progress For Women CEOs Across Industries

Getting women into leadership positions has been a long struggle for the United States. According to the Pew Research Center , the Fortune 500 list lacked any women CEOs as recently as 1995. Although there’s been some improvement since then, it’s not enough. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) — an auditing firm — released a 2018 “CEO Success Story” study that found there was little progress for women. Incoming women CEOs only made up 4.9 percent of the share in 2018. “This is down slightly from the all-time high of 6% in 2017, but it continues an upward trend from the low point of 1% in 2008,” the study said. Axios reported that globally, it was developed countries — especially the United States and Japan — who “showed little to no pickup in hiring women for top positions last year.” The lack of women in leadership — whether that is as CEOs or within other top executive positions — has been noted for decades. Although companies continue to struggle with appointing women to these...

May 22, 2019