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11 Tech Leaders on How to Bolster Diversity in Philly Tech

December 9, 2016

Philadelphia Magazine
By Fabiola Cineas

It’s no secret that the tech industry has a diversity problem. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that several Silicon Valley tech companies — Twitter, Pinterest, Salesforce, and EBay — have delayed releasing their annual diversity reports because they’re not interested in showcasing their racial and gender breakdown. Rather than put the data out there, they say, they want to focus on how to move the data in the right direction because there’s more work to be done. The companies that have reported their numbers show marginal improvement.

Montgomery McCracken associate Ernest D. Holtzheimer shares his thoughts on tech’s diversity problem at the inaugural Philly Startup Leaders Diversity Dinner.

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“Philly tech companies should help to raise awareness of tech at Philly’s public schools. We should work to promote programs like Coded by Kids and continue to push for computer science for kids at a younger age. Also, I wear hearing aids, and that’s a different aspect of diversity. We should also raise awareness about people with disabilities in tech.”

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