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Below you will find a list of diversity resources that can be used by individuals and companies. They range from How-To Guides to Non-profits, to enterprise solutions – and a lot of things in-between – all focused on diversity in the workplace. Link descriptions are verbatim from the sites unless otherwise noted.
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Below you will find information on non-profit organizations that are focused on furthering diversity within the technology industry.
- BDPA – bdpa.org – For more than 40 years, BDPA has enabled the upward mobility of African Americans and other minorities in the Information Technology (IT) and STEM fields. Through its 30+ local community chapters in major cities across the United States, BDPA has been at the forefront of promoting the minority agenda within the IT profession since 1975. BDPA has been a leader and pioneer in technology and STEM training for IT professionals and High School students since 1986. Our National High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program which is a hands-on training program, has introduced tens of thousands of high school students to coding and application development while also presenting opportunities for students to obtain college scholarships due to the generosity of our sponsors and partners. Because of BDPA’s focus on students and professional members alike, we continue to support and lead the upward success of our members “from the classroom to the boardroom”.
- Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) – ewf-usa.com – The core mission of the Executive Women’s Forum is to attract, retain and advance women in the Information Security, IT Risk Management and Privacy industries, through education, leadership development and the creation of trusted relationships . The EWF is committed to enabling women to achieve their professional goals and personal dreams.
- Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC) – hitecglobal.org – HITEC is a premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have built outstanding careers in technology. HITEC’s premiere network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter, and technology centric world. These global leaders include executives leading Global 1000 corporations while others lead some of the largest Hispanic-owned technology firms across the Americas.
- The International Consortium Of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) – ICMCP.org – (I have personally been involved with the ICMCP since its inception. I can attest to the truly amazing group of people who, over the years, have contributed to its success. I continue to be honored to be a part of the organization.) The ICMCP is dedicated to the academic and professional success of women and minority cybersecurity students and professionals. Our mission is to achieve the consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to foster recruitment, inclusion and retention – one person at a time. The ICMCP tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.
- Lesbians Who Tech – LesbiansWhoTech.org – Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is a community of LGBTQ women, non-binary and trans individuals in and around tech (and the people who support them).
- Minorities in Cybersecurity (MiC) – MinCybSec.org – MiC was created by industry leaders to develop the next great cybersecurity leaders. MiC is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the leadership and career development of our members. We strive to create a community of cybersecurity professionals that will support, develop and help prepare our members to not only excel in the cybersecurity field but achieve their personal level of career success. Through our programming we provide our members with tools, guides, and resources that will not only help them map out their career from beginning to end, but in addition, offer support through mentorship, coaching and team accountability sessions that will help them achieve their short- and long-term goals.
- OWASP Women in AppSec (WIA) Committee – owasp.org/www-committee-wia – The purpose of the Women in AppSec (WIA) Committee is to develop leadership, promote active membership and participation, and contributions by women in application security professional communities, globally and locally.
- Woman CyberSecurity Society – womencybersecuritysociety.org – WCS2 is Canada’s first and only national non-profit serving women and minorities interested in a cybersecurity career. Women CyberSecurity Society fosters meaningful and safe spaces for online and local events to members of the community.
- Women in CyberSecurity (WiCys) – WiCys.org – WiCyS works on behalf of women everywhere who seek to enter and progress in careers in cybersecurity, while assisting employers and recruiters to find qualified candidates for their cybersecurity teams in their diversity and inclusion efforts. WiCyS’ extensive network of supporters in industry, academia, government, the military, research institutions and non-profit organizations offers important avenues to advance its mission of recruitment, retention and advancement of women in cybersecurity.
- Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) – womenscyberjutsu.org – WSC serves thousands of women, men and girls across the globe by bringing awareness to, and advancing careers in, cybersecurity. The WSC community includes information security professionals, IT professionals, programmers, computer scientists and engineers, as well as women wanting to explore and join the field. Recognizing the importance of encouraging girls to embrace a future in STEM-related professions through its Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, WSC provides a unique hands-on curriculum focused on securing information technology.
If you have read any of my prior posts about diversity, then you will know that I firmly believe that the only way we can fix the problem is by encouraging women and minorities to participate in STEM courses throughout middle and high school. While the professional organizations listed above are critical to addressing today’s needs, the organizations below are just as critical to fixing tomorrow’s diversity challenges.
- Black Girls Code – blackgirlscode.com – Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. By promoting classes and programs we hope to grow the number of women of color working in technology and give underprivileged girls a chance to become the masters of their technological worlds.
- EngineerGirl – engineergirl.org – The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. Why girls and women? Because despite an increase in female participation in many traditionally male-dominated professions such as medicine and law, women remain grossly under-represented in engineering. Engineering and engineers are central to the process of innovation, and innovation drives economic growth. Diversity of thought is crucial to creativity, and by leaving women out of the process of innovation we lose a key component of diversity and stifle innovation. We want the creative problem-solvers of tomorrow to fully represent the world’s population, because they will be the ones to ensure our health, happiness, and safety in years to come.
- Girls Who Code – girlswhocode.com – Girls Who Code is an organization that values diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential to our mission. We acknowledge that historical and institutional barriers—particularly racial bias and discrimination—play a role in the widening gender gap in computer science and who has access to opportunities in these fields. Girls Who Code focuses our work not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in computer science fields.
- Girlstart – girlstart.org – Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEM through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. Girlstart aspires to be the national leader in designing and implementing innovative, high quality informal STEM education programs that inspire girls to transform our world. Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls. Girlstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers.
State, Local and Community Resources
Tools For Candidates
Below are some free tools to assist potential job candidates that have some type of diversity-centric feature to them.
- interviewing.io – Book technical interviews with senior engineers, who’ll run you through hyperrealistic algorithmic or systems design questions and give you actionable feedback. They won’t know a thing about you— they’re just here to help you get better. After practicing you can book real, anonymous job interviews with one click. Your interviewer will be an engineer from that company. If you do well, you can unmask and go onsite. No more online applications, recruiter calls, or bothering your friends for referrals.
Tools For The Workplace
The items below are focused on furthering diversity throughout the workplace. They include enterprise solutions and How-To guides that are geared towards HR teams and the HRIS functions.
Awareness and Training
- Diversity Resources – Diversity Resources offers the world’s best selection of diversity videos, online training, live training and more.
- Implicit Bias Test – Project Implicit (Harvard) is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
- Blendoor – Your company struggles with finding diverse talent; it’s not a pipeline problem. It’s a buy-in, bias, branding and business case problem. Blendoor aggregates diverse talent from multiple sources to broaden your talent search and then uses blind review and analytics to mitigate unconscious bias from source to hire.
- DiversityDashboard – The Diversity Dashboard is a project management software tool that helps diversity and inclusion professionals understand, publish and defend their work. Our software platform tracks activities, collects the information in databases and facilitates data driven decision making and reporting on the ROI of the diversity efforts.
- Diverst – Employment Engagement & Retention; Manage Employee Resource Groups from an intuitive dashboard and promote diverse talent from within your ranks. Align ERGs With Business Objectives; Engage diverse employees with inclusive ROI-focused campaigns to deliver “impact on business” results. Diverst connects D&I with ROI. Inclusion & Belonging That Create Trust; Employees that feel like they belong have higher retention and deliver more innovation which leads to better results
- Entelo Diversity – Diversity now goes beyond compliance. We are advocates for inclusion and know that a diverse workforce drives more creativity, more productivity, and better financial results. Our technology helps ensure a diverse candidate pipeline as well as reduce inherent biases in the sourcing and screening process – especially for the 85% of companies who believe diversity is crucial for innovation in the workplace.
- Fortay – With Fortay you can objectively understand how a candidate may fit into your team, removing subjective bias. Be confident that your candidate will improve and reinforce your company’s culture.
- GlobeSmart – Benchmark Your Organization’s Level of Inclusion. You want to advocate for increasing diversity and inclusion at your organization, but how? It starts by assessing your level of inclusion. The Inclusive Behaviors Inventory measures the inclusivity of people in your organization. You’ll get actionable advice and strategies based on the assessment scores.
- HRx Technology – Practical Solutions for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We work with you to better assess your organization’s unique culture and systematically identify the barriers minorities face in the organization. We develop practical and evidence-based strategies to advance your organization’s EDI.
- MESH Diversity – Do you have the right tool to understand, support and equip your people…wherever they are? High performance cultures require effective communications, and today’s increasingly remote experience makes that even harder. Ensure your remote teams jell, collaborate and perform at their peak with the MESH platform.
- OurOffice – Our mission at OurOffice is to transform workplace culture so that all people have equal opportunity to pursue the careers of their choice, contribute fully, and feel that they belong.
- Pluto – Pluto is an online platform that equips companies with the analytics and communication tools they need to build a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization.
- pymetrics – Our vision is to realize everyone’s true potential. Our mission is to make it happen with fair and accurate talent matching. A well-paying job is a lifeline to economic opportunity. We need a system that allows anyone, regardless of their background, to showcase their potential. Why does the system not work this way now? Because human bias has created systems that are structurally biased. pymetrics leverages new science and audited technology to improve prediction and reduce bias. We do not remove humans from the process—we work with humans to help them make better decisions.
- Textio – Augmented Writing: Textio helps you find the right words by putting the world’s best hiring and language data insights right where you need them. Our latest features include ATS workflow integrations, age and ability bias interruption, and expanded language and team analytics.
- x0pa – We founded X0PA AI to tackle the most strategic challenge that organisations face: how to grow bigger and better teams. In the pursuit of that mission, we inject the values we respect – collaboration, humanity, intelligence and transparency. We shape the AI talent management structure of corporate and enterprise-level organisations, changing the way they think about growth: with talent and teamwork at the centre. We partner with our clients to provide them with the expertise, tools and technology they need.
- Business News Daily – Creating a Diversity and Inclusion Training Program: Though businesses of all sizes have made significant strides in becoming more inclusive and diverse over the last few decades, it’s still a struggle for many to overcome the biases that limit how some employees see those who are different from themselves. One way to create more welcoming workplaces that respect differences and give a voice to people who are often underrepresented is through the implementation of company diversity and inclusion training programs.
- edgepoint learning – How To Develop Diversity Training That Is Actually Effective: So you decide to revamp (or create) diversity training for your modern workplace, but don’t know where to start. You have been inclusive in your hiring practices but never intentionally thought about what types of diversity training to use or how to actually make it effective. Although research on diversity training’s effectiveness has been mixed, a forty-year examination of diversity training has found that it does work – if it’s done right. Here’s how.
- McKinsey – Diversity wins: How inclusion matters: Diversity wins is the third report in a McKinsey series investigating the business case for diversity, following Why diversity matters (2015) and Delivering through diversity (2018). Our latest report shows not only that the business case remains robust but also that the relationship between diversity on executive teams and the likelihood of financial outperformance has strengthened over time.
- SHRM.org – How to Develop a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative: Employers use diversity and inclusion initiatives for both compliance obligations and to increase the overall bottom line with a more diverse workforce. Developing a diversity and inclusion initiative involves four main phases. The following nine steps break down these main phases into action steps employers can take to develop a diversity and inclusion initiative.
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