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February 3, 2016

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Diversity & Inclusion
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Bloomberg Business: Why Doesn’t Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?

Tech companies tend not to recruit at historically black colleges and universities like Howard and most acknowledge that bias, frequently unconscious, makes working in Silicon Valley difficult for blacks. That is half of the problem. The chair of Howard’s computer science department, Legand Burge, finds the students unprepared and describes ways he is trying to change that.

Harvard Business Review: How Managers Can Promote Healthy Discussions About Race

Conversations about race are hard but increasingly important with the U.S. Department of Commerce projecting nonwhite ethnic groups will represent 85% of U.S. population growth between 2011 and 2050. Three key points: inclusion is a long-term investment; embrace and reframe conflict; and be proactive about inclusion efforts.

Focus on Gender
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Quartz: When Google Increased Paid Maternity Leave, the Rate at Which New Mothers Quit Dropped 50%

Google upped its maternity leave from 12 to 18 weeks. That cut the rate of women leaving the company by 50% thus saving the 20%-plus it costs to replace a valuable employees.

Grant Thornton: Women in Business: The Value of Diversity

Looking at the US S&P, the UK FTSE and India's CNX gender diverse boards outperform the others. The opportunity cost across the three economies for non-diverse boards is $655 billion.

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