Last week’s topic was all-male panels and how shameful they are in 2016. To help bring attention to the problem, there is a ‘manel’ hall of shame on Tumblr were you can share any one you come across: http://allmalepanels.tumblr.com/
From the Harvard Business Review, there was a great article outlining how corporate diversity programs are failing. US firms spend millions coming up with diversity mission statements, conducting trainings etc. and yet these efforts have produced dismal results. In fact, the mere presence of a diversity policy has made it easier for companies to discriminate. The full article can be found here: https://hbr.org/2016/01/diversity-policies-dont-help-women-or-minorities-and-they-make-white-men-feel-threatened And more thoughts on the same article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/diversity-programs-are-failing-minorities-heres-a-better-way_568c119be4b014efe0dbeb8a
The bright side is that there ARE solutions to the problem. Huge kudos to Compose Inc. for instituting blind hiring to help them find the most qualified candidates regardless of gender or ethnicity. Read on: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-boss-doesnt-want-your-resume-1452025908
And from the world of academia, it seems that the reason economics remains a male dominated profession is that when women collaborate on a project, the men are given all the credit and the women’s contributions are discounted which has a very detrimental effect on their chances for advancement. The full article can be found here:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/upshot/when-teamwork-doesnt-work-for-women.html
We have just an outstanding line up of events coming for you in 2016 starting with the Dallas event in two weeks. We thank you all for your continued support as we continue to grow and look forward to seeing you all soon!
Very kind regards