Although large tech companies are working hard to increase and promote diversity, many startups still struggle to create inclusive workplaces. Telle Whitney, President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, spoke with CNBC about the reason behind this struggle. “If you think about it, startups are just started by a few people, let’s say three young men with very little business sense,” she said. “Often they know directly the next 10 people, and they know directly the next 100 people. It’s very easy to reach 100 and not realize that there’s any bias in your hiring.”
Executives need to learn how to address unconscious bias to ensure that women and other minorities feel included in the workplace. Women in the tech industry can also speed up the solution process by mentoring other women and providing them with the support they need to enter and remain in the tech field.