Include Project team are Y-Vonne Hutinson, Ellen Pao, Erica Baker, Laura I. Gomez, Bethanye McKinney Blount, Tracy Chou and Freada Kapor Klein. Foul pictured Susan Wu.
Many technology companies in Silicon Valley are successful with their products, services and the stock market. However, most gets bad grades for the diversity of its labor body. Include Project is a new attempt to solve that.
Include Project, a non profit organization, he began operations Tuesday with the aim of helping executives of small and medium entrepreneurs to include technology and support diversity as a fundamental part of the company. The organization will provide perspectives, recommendations and tools to its customers in order to increase the number of black people, Hispanic, women who identify as gay, bisexual or transgender, among other underrepresented groups.
The eight founding members, all women, including, among others, executive Ellen Pao, who lost their demand for gender discrimination at the firm venture capital where he worked, to Freada Kapor Klein, a partner at Kapor Center that invests in technology under-represented communities, and Mexican Laura I. Gomez, founder and executive chairman of Atipica, an entrepreneur who seeks to improve employee recruitment algorithms.
I feel very honored to work with these women because collectively have over 150 years of experience in technology, “Gomez said by phone this afternoon.” Each has its narrative and brings a lot to our goal of promoting diversity. ”
Gomez explained that became involved in what form to be Project Include in December 2015. Almost five months later launched a Web site with seven areas of recommendations for implementation in companies of 25 to 1,000 employees.
The whole effort was made voluntarily, in the hours after the founders were off work. Gomez shared his collaboration with Project Include not have to do with his work with Atipica.
The help provide Project Include comes at an opportune time for companies, since the numbers of employees represented appears to be stagnant. Even giant Intel reported last February that low retention Latinos lost. Gomez explained that its recommendations suggestions on how to retain employees are. She added that seek to increase diversity in all branches of companies, from engineering to operations.
“We all know the numbers and the challenges facing companies to increase their diversity, then we decided to take action,” said the young 37, previously used companies like Jawbone, Twitter and YouTube.
This is just the beginning of the project to include more people in different companies, Gomez said, assuring that it will be an evolutionary process.
In his few hours of life, Project Include already shown interest and attention of technology companies and venture capitalists who want to learn from them, reported The New York Times.
Gomez, who was born in the city of Leon, Mexico, shared that feels proud of the effort in launching the project. most however, you would like to see the day when an organization like this is not needed.
“I am hopeful that a Project Include not exist in 20 or 30 years, because we will have more Latino startup founders, executives and venture capitalists,” she said.