4 Principles for Stronger, More Diverse Organizations
Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, co-founder and CEO of Stemettes and trustee at the Institute for the Future of Work in the U.K, laid out four key principles to strengthening the technology industry during her keynote address at the CompTIA EMEA Member and Partner Conference in London.
Imafidon discussed artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on the future of work before focusing on the critical need for increased diversity within the tech world.
As a professional who described herself as always being in the minority because of her youth, her gender, or her ethnicity, Imafidon brought a combination of real-world experiences and keen observations to her central message of changing how the technology industry can be stronger through greater diversity and more thoughtful approaches to an organization’s growth.
Tech is a booming industry with growing importance in any given economy, but it is also suffering from a large skills shortage at a time when a criminally low proportion of women are entering and staying in the field. Her four principles to lead to stronger and more diverse organizations are outlined below.
Intentionally Include, or You Unintentionally Exclude
This is as direct as it gets. Technology companies and professionals need to make intentional efforts and create formal programs to ensure they are attracting the most diverse workers. The research is clear: Diverse companies perform better. There are loads of examples of this.
Imafidon drove home this point by sharing that, according to research, you are more likely to win a Nobel Prize in Science if you have had some sort of training in the arts.
Build Iteratively and Audit Progress as You Go
Software development firms understand this principle. Build your product—or your team or your company or your future—in measurable pieces so you know what works and what does not work.
Imafidon suggested technology companies should apply iterative thinking to hiring as well as product development.