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A collection of articles on diversity, inclusion, and workforce and talent strategy brought to you by Exponential Talent LLC.
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May 27, 2015

To advance our knowledge of diversity, inclusion, and workforce and talent strategy, we gather and share relevant articles on a weekly basis. This week, we have identified the following articles of interest.

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Diversity & Inclusion
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Ascend: Hidden in Plain Sight: Asian American Leaders in Silicon Valley

Ascend analyzed workforce data for five technology companies headquartered in the U.S. to spotlight the glass ceiling experienced by Asians in the technology industry.
 
Research findings include:
  • White women and men are 154% more likely to reach the executive level than Asian women and men.
  • Asian women experience the "double whammy" of gender and racial disparity.
  • A mismatch between Asian and western leadership norms is compounded by gaps in expectations and role models among Asians.
  • Implementing an Executive Parity Index can help companies monitor and reduce the gap between leadership representation and overall workforce representation for Asians and other minorities.
  • Companies can help by reducing implicit biases in promotion processes, and by improving participation in and content for management and leadership training.
CEI, Ascent and the Asia Society: The Failure of Asian Success

Los Angeles Times: Tech's Glass Ceiling Nearly Four Times Harder for Asian Americans to Crack

Diversity & Inclusion – Gender Focus
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Fortune: Why so few black women are senior managers

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, professor of psychology at Columbia University, writes how Black women face the "Now you see them now you don't" effect of unconscious bias in the workplace. When people visualize a Black executive, they see a man; picture a female executive, they see a white woman.
 
She cites a new study by the Center for Talent Innovation. Highlights of the article:
  • 26% of Black women, versus 17% of white, believe their contributions go unnoticed.
  • 44% of Black women, versus 30% of white, believe they are stalled for lack of sponsorship; only 11% of Black women have sponsors.
  • Only 5% of managerial and professional positions are held by Black women, even though more Black women than white aspire to be a leader.

Forbes: Five Reasons Why Women Make Better Entrepreneurs

SBNation: Is the NBA Ready for a Female Head Coach?

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