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Friday, May 6 • 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Why Should I Go See Another White Man Talk About Diversity in IT?

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Well-funded programs at large tech firms like Google, Amazon, and Yahoo struggle to make minor gains in diversity in the workplace. Many presentations have focused on the important work of solving the "pipeline" problem of too few women and minorities entering software development. Indeed, there exists another diversity problem: up to 50% of the women who make it to STEM careers ultimately leave them. In this presentation, Jeff will identify some of the "thousand cuts" that women and minorities experience at work that, taken together, add up to hostile and exclusionary environments. He will give examples of words and actions that are exclusionary without meaning to be, and suggest concrete changes that team members can make right away to create a more inclusive workplace.

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Jeff Hoover

Agile Coach / Senior Software Craftsperson, Pillar Technology
Jeff is a software craftsperson and coach for Pillar Technologies. His work is focused on the interface between engineering practices and sometimes-overlooked "soft skills". His passion for helping others and developing talent has lead him to contribute to AgileSkillsProject.org, facilitate several Day in the Life of Agile classes, co-facilitate a number of CodeRetreats, and participate in several weekends of "Coding in the Clink" at Marion... Read More →

Friday May 6, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Conference Room F Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort