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131 items in D&I

2020 is turning out to be the Year of the Big List. Here’s another one - an excellent collection of HR & Recruiting resources from brainfooder Jess Hayes for folks serious about D&I
Issue #194 published 28 Jun 2020
Now might be good time to resurface up this report from Stanford University in 2018; 5 best practices which have been proven to improve D&I. Particularly like ‘alternative complaint procedures’- going the legal route often carries career ending consequences for stakeholders involved. Download the report here
Issue #193 published 21 Jun 2020
Adam Karpiak is one of the funniest recruiters tweeting today. Occasionally, he is also serious. This is one of those times, and the result is thread which everyone should read. Follow Adam on twitter also, obviously
Issue #192 published 14 Jun 2020
D&I has a problem because the department most responsible for D&I is itself usually very far from D&I. Tough, necessary talk on the white, female, middle class dominated department of HR. Have a read here folks.
Issue #191 published 7 Jun 2020
Exceptional post which articulates what most of us are experiencing first hand right now - our homes as economic spaces. Important to read this, so have at it here
Issue #188 published 17 May 2020
Kind of a terrible headline but the data is clear; much higher degree of gender equality in STEM in the less developed countries. What gives? Theory: poor people don’t have the luxury of choice and choose STEM irrespective of gender, because that its the clearest route out of poverty. More for us to ponder on the diversity issue in tech. 
Issue #79 published 23 Apr 2020
There are few US politicians are prepared to articulate the tough reality that the American Dream is not based merit, but background. Sobering research from George Town University on the importance of outside factors to academic and professional success. US data but I suspect applies to everybody. Have a read here
Issue #158 published 23 Apr 2020
Following on from last week’s super popular post on this topic by brainfooder Theo Smith, we see further debate on expanding the label of diversity beyond gender and ethnicity. In end, it’s about embracing difference of every kind, says Plaid’s Angela Zhang.
Issue #107 published 23 Apr 2020
Lots to say about this incredible story coming out of E&Y last week. Not only the content of the presentation, E&Y’s reaction to it, then and now, the discussion that has generated since and also, where the responsibility for content lies - the platform (EY) or the publisher? Have a read and a think here
Issue #159 published 23 Apr 2020
Turns out the Big Five Personality Test - one of the world’s most widely accepted - spits out different scores according to your gender. It’s a sort of scandal, until you realise the scoring is based in gender aggregates. As ever, presentation of the report is a problem. Could be solved with a website that users can segment on their own.
Issue #71 published 23 Apr 2020
“It’s blatantly unlawful,” says one employment law expert in this post from Propublica. Where then does that leave recruitment, perhaps an inherently discriminatory exercise? Goes to heart of ‘persona marketing’ and the application of general heuristics to individual cases.
Issue #66 published 23 Apr 2020
“…Every morning when I wake up I feel a heavy sense of trepidation as I contemplate the complex series of social interactions I will have to navigate in order to make it through the day at work….”. Challenging interview on aspergers, gender, tribalism, politics and the true meaning of safe places in tech.
Issue #66 published 23 Apr 2020
In the week where IBM are once again facing lawsuits against age discrimination, this post by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis proved timely. Older workers suffer the double marginalisation of being undervalued and not having their marginalisation recognised. We’re all going to be here at some point, so we’d better read this.
Also: conversation thread on Hacker News H/T ‘foodie Pedro Oliveira for the share
Issue #129 published 23 Apr 2020
Women developers share their views on job opportunities, Silicon Valley, and more in HackerRank’s 2019 Women in Tech report. As usual, it’s superb stuff in this beautiful interactive report here and download the pdf here.
Issue #129 published 23 Apr 2020
Practical stuff on culture change with brainfooder Mertcan Uzun. I particularly like No5 - small wins are indeed big - especially the need to show early evidence of success. Framework is for D&I but really is good practice for any kind of change management.
Issue #174 published 23 Apr 2020
If you have never been a mother returning back to work after maternity leave, let me paint a picture of what that is like. You are more exhausted then you have even been in your entire life; physically, emotionally and mentally drained.
So starts an important conversation on how we need to redesign work to provide for the changes in life. Great writing by brainfooder Whitney Klepadlo.
Issue #174 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating development on the dominance of one gender in a particular field of work within the banking sector - women, in digital virtual assistants. 10 minute video, 100 hours of brainfood. Likely future topic of a Brainfood Live. Have a watch, and think, here. H/T ‘foodie Adam Gordon for the share.
Issue #138 published 23 Apr 2020
You got to give it to the ‘age fluid’ Emile Ratelband - he’s triggered at least two debates, which perhaps we need to have. 1. At what point is identity externally fixed and 2. what can we do about ageism? A strong piece of reflection from our buddies at SmartRecruiters, on an unspoken discrimination which will inevitably impact us all.
Issue #113 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Cluster hiring’ is form of recruitment in which multiple organisations simultaneously advertise multiple positions without specifying specific field or level of seniority. This case study seems to show impressive results in diversifying the backgrounds of candidates eventually hired. Academic example - do know of a commercial analogue? H/T brainfooder Petar Vujosevic for the share
Issue #176 published 23 Apr 2020
But more than 10% of both men and women said they thought they would be less willing than previously to hire attractive women.
Challenging read from HBR but one which may be necessary for us to take a deeper dive into. It’s brainfood alright, so have at it here
Issue #151 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating long read on IBM’s journey to compete in the internet world, enacting culture change by cutting tens of thousands of workers, mainly tenured, senior employees - ‘the old heads’. The unfairness is undeniable and yet staff turnover has always been the way to conduct radical cultural change. 
Issue #76 published 23 Apr 2020
Add event, reveal the gender split of the speaker line up. Would be cool if this could pull the data entirely from the url of the speaker page, but this is a nice start to a great idea. H/T long time brainfooder Anna Ott for the share. Event organisers: don’t forget the Big List of Women Speakers in Recruiting & HR - it’s free to use. 
Issue #80 published 23 Apr 2020
Asynchronous video interviewing on the surface; a modern iteration of phrenology at it’s core. Market penetration by market leader, HireVue, is hugely impressive. It’s a D&I minefield though. 
Issue #48 published 23 Apr 2020
Exceptional commentary from Ryan Leary on a tough and often contentious topic. We need to do more than quotas; we need to do more than hiring ‘diverse’ candidates. Some tough love here folks - required reading. 
Issue #48 published 23 Apr 2020
Being overweight is bad for your career, especially if you’re a woman, according to this article from the Guardian. Sadly, I think we intuitively understand this to be true. Is ‘size-ism’ the next D&I challenge for recruiters and HR? And what exactly can we do about it?
Issue #48 published 23 Apr 2020
Discrimination in the recruiting game has a long history, as these extraordinary anti-Irish / anti-Catholic advertisements show. Sadly, there are those amongst us who would see a return to these days of open discrimination. We’re still on this journey folks
Issue #48 published 23 Apr 2020
Of course they are. The problem is that this is a fiendishly difficult challenge to resolve. This post tells you to get better at copy writing. Getting rid of the text is perhaps the more radical answer
Issue #24 published 23 Apr 2020
Gender income gap in the US widens as we age. Expected results I think, especially as the divergence seems to occur as couples get married / have kids. Interestingly, in the UK women marginally out earn men on average at the beginning of the career, only to see same type of divergence at a similar time of life. Check it out for yourself here
Issue #124 published 23 Apr 2020
There are few people I respect more in the industry than Glen Cathey. I don’t think he knows this, but he basically appears in a slide on every presentation I give. This deeply personal and important post is a typical of the man - meticulous, intelligent, valuable and humane. Read it.
Issue #124 published 23 Apr 2020
Is this what ‘radical inclusion’ really means? I’m not sure we’re quite ready to have this conversation but brainfooder Neil Morrison was brave enough to at least start it. Have a read and a think here. We’ll be talking about this in Brainfood Live this week - register and tune in here
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
How cool is this? UK Home Office Digital repository of posters covering different topics - research, access needs, accessibility, design. Great design is powerful communication. Check out the PDF here
Issue #96 published 23 Apr 2020
Is this true? I think it is. Interesting research on ‘shadow work’, which women seem to do more of than men, to their detriment in any race to the top. No easy answers here, but plenty of valuable questions.
Issue #96 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting application of design thinking in tackling gender bias in the workplace, especially in how organisations can neutralise implicit biases in the workplace that are often experienced by workers, but perhaps not formally codified in policy. Our buddies at GapJumpers feature again. Take a read here.
Issue #100 published 23 Apr 2020
Are we tired of company scandals yet? This one is worth a read, especially given the overt gender equality mission of the business, Thinx. It’s self-styled ‘She-E.O’, Miki Agarwal turn to be under close scrutiny for unconventional behaviours in the office. 
Issue #25 published 23 Apr 2020
Giving birth at any age comes with changes — but this video outlines how much a difference it makes depending on when you do it. H/T Bas Van De Haterd for sharing in the fb group
Issue #156 published 23 Apr 2020
“Inclusion is the act of making someone feel part of a group”. Outstanding resource put together by our buddies at Atomico. Interactive how-to for founders in the tech industry, but really applicable to anyone who cares about D&I. Check it out here
Issue #118 published 23 Apr 2020
There has long been a ‘hierarchy of diversities’. It’s great to see the term expand to include others groups who have been marginalised in less obvious ways. Excellent research by our buddies at Good&Co - on what neurodiversity is, why it matters and how we can get better as a business by promoting it.
Issue #118 published 23 Apr 2020
Interview transcripts rarely feature on brainfood, but this exceptional story with Shelley Winner needs to be told. Inclusion & diversity in companies which should not neglect to hire people with criminal records. Excellent work brainfooder Marian Jarzak!
Issue #118 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb how-to guide from our buddies at GapJumpers: practical tips on the things you can do today to get better at diversity and inclusion. Thanks to brainfooder Lauren Mobertz for the share!
Issue #73 published 23 Apr 2020
Super interesting research from McKinsey on how impact of automation on women’s jobs will vary across geographies. In short, data from UK and Germany suggests female dominated work will be more resistant to automation, whilst the opposite is the case in Africa. Lots to ponder here in this short 4 pager which intersects workforce automation with gender politics. H/T to ‘foodie Adam Gordon for the share
Issue #132 published 23 Apr 2020
You’ve got to give it to the Chinese for not even getting to first base on inclusivity. Explicitly articulated age-ism in online job adverting in China - don’t bother applying if you’re over 30. A fascinating read from Bloomberg and a timely reminder that the values we cherish are anything but universal.
Issue #132 published 23 Apr 2020
Great story from The Spectator on an unexpected outcome of their ‘No CV’ policy on job applications. Better not be a publicity stunt. H/T OH subscriber Stevie Buckley for the share
Issue #49 published 23 Apr 2020
Rare Recruitment are doing tremendous work exposing the hidden bias which exists within the educational system. State vs Private as a diversity metric is not enough. Must read post here for anyone interested in D&I in the future talent pool.
Issue #120 published 23 Apr 2020
Really interesting findings from the Harvard Business School and USC collab. Seems that, for male employees, the more time spent with the manager is the primary factor for career development. Have a read here
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
Everything you want to know about D&I in technical hiring but are too afraid to ask.
A significant piece of work from Jennifer Kim and Jason Wong. This is a promising start to what could be an important resource for diversity hiring in tech. Have a read here, probably worth a bookmark too.
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
Our buddies at Indeed surveyed 1,000 women to learn more about their experiences working in tech. Very interesting survey results, which shows a great deal about how the surveyed sample view themselves. Would the answers be the same for us, in recruiting? H/T brainfooder Tris Revill for the share.
Issue #109 published 23 Apr 2020
Stunning interactive infographic on income mobility in the US. Segmented along race and gender, make sure you have a play with the drop down menu’s in the last chart. Fascinating and sobering in equal measure. H/T to my buddy Kaya Payseno for share
Issue #77 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating research from Lauren Guillén on the ‘confidence gap’ between men and women. Is it a myth, and does the myth itself produces the effects we attribute to observed behaviour? In the post truth world, we need to get better at understanding the powerful ways in which we shape our realities. Have a read here
Issue #114 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Culture fit’ is a recruiting meme which has been wallowing in the trough of disillusionment for the past number of years - particularly when it comes to diversity and inclusion - so this is a welcome defence of the idea from HBR. Have a read here
Issue #177 published 23 Apr 2020
We talked about whether recruiters had any kind of special social responsibility in last weeks Brainfood Live, given that we are gate keepers to opportunity - and very often that means society. Have a read of this blog post from the formerly incarcerated Sha Wallace-Stepter on his journey from prison to python, and have a think about what we should do.
Issue #171 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s difficult these days to talk about challenging topics without putting yourself at risk of social opprobrium and potentially professional sanction. Thankfully we have people like Stephen O'Donnell, Lisa Scales and Craig Fisher prepared to step forward and open the debate. This is an excellent write up on a topic we agreed has been grossly oversimplified. Video recording the crowdcast here
Issue #42 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Culture fit’ is a recruiting meme which has been wallowing in the trough of disillusionment for the past number of years - particularly when it comes to diversity and inclusion - so this is a welcome defence of the idea from HBR. Have a read here
Issue #177 published 23 Apr 2020
Findings from a 4 year study from McKinsey & Co on women in the workplace. Broadly a positive report of progress from 2015-2019, but still plenty to do. Have a read here, download the pdf here.
Issue #162 published 23 Apr 2020
No more ‘edecanes’ says José Ramón Amieva. The Mayor of Mexico City has just banned the employment of attendants known as ‘edecanes’ or 'eye candy’ at events sponsored by local government. 'This job should not exist’ says Amieva. Do we agree?
Issue #98 published 23 Apr 2020
Comprehensive overview of the impact of technology on the hiring funnel, examined through the lens of equality and bias. No easy answers in this - as isn’t recruitment inherently an exercise in discrimination? - but this is an epic piece from Upturn that is the very least a necessary conversation starter. Must read
Issue #123 published 23 Apr 2020
Do men and women network differently? Fastcompany is citing research which says yes and it has a big impact on career opportunities for both sexes. Concludes with providing six ways women can leverage their connections for the same kind of boost men enjoy. Full study here, and one for the livestream I suspect.
Issue #123 published 23 Apr 2020
What do we think of this? Intuitively, I suspect we do respond differently to humour delivered by men vs women - but I can’t be sure. This experiment suggests that we do, on average, prefer it from men and even penalise women for using it. True? - and if so - why? Have a read.
Issue #128 published 23 Apr 2020
Google have released their annual diversity report, which you can read, here. H/T again to brainfooder Denis Dinkevich, who you should by now be following
Issue #164 published 23 Apr 2020
You can’t know where you are, until you know where you’ve been. Take a journey through history of D&I in this white paper from our buddies at Arctic Shores, putting context to the terms we use every day in today’s conversation about diversity and inclusion. Accessible report
Issue #164 published 23 Apr 2020
2017 has been the year of scandal. From Travis to Hollywood to Trump, we’ve see plenty of examples of what can happen when D&I isn’t at the heart of what you do. Our buddies at Lever have been a shining light in what has been a dark year for D&I. 
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
Susan Fowler wasn’t the only developers to become famous for diversity this year - so was James Damore, who was fired from Google for circulating this internal memo. Worth a look if you want to understand the ‘neuro-diversity’ argument from an unabridged source
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
Susan Fowler’s February blog post Her exposé of the toxic culture at Uber might have been the pebble that caused the avalanche that led to the outing of Harvey Weinstein, resignation of politicians from both sides of the Atlantic, #MeToo movement and ongoing cascade of revelations which promise to sweep across every industry. It was featured in Issue 13. It’s well worth a read again
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
I haven’t had the time to try this tool yet but given Atlassian’s record of commitment to diversity & inclusion I’m prepared to give this a pre-emptive share. Upload your anonymised team data here via CSV and identify folks how might be socially isolated. H/T to Nadine O'Regan for the share
Issue #153 published 23 Apr 2020
One of the most encouraging developments in D&I is an expansion of the scope to include the previously excluded. The operating model for most companies favours extroversion…and yet, 50% of the working population classify themselves as introverts. Varying the toolkit and channel for communication is the key step to redressing the balance. H/T brainfooder Garry Turner for the share - have a read, here
Issue #165 published 23 Apr 2020
Gender disparity in tech (see the superb Diversity in Tech post above) is often understood as an urgent problem we need to be solved. Are we looking at wrong industry and wrong problem? Super interesting, counter intuitive post from Fabrizio Carmignani.
Issue #102 published 23 Apr 2020
Big tech brands ranked for diversity of employees by race and gender. Beautifully presented website, with all the information you might expect. H/T to brainfooder Denis Dinkevich (who, incidentally is now looking for his next sourcing gig - contact here) for the share. Explore it here.
Issue #102 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating study from the University of Ghent on job ads, word choice of meta-stereotypical traits, and self selection on the application process. Two problems emerge: language AND the act of applying itself is gendered, problems we are tackling with visual matching on WorkShape.io
Issue #75 published 23 Apr 2020
Everyone is a tribe these days. Something which is always going to be happen when well meaning differentiation results in someone else getting a raw deal. 
Issue #34 published 23 Apr 2020
Fun experiment by our buddies at Ongig. Jeff Bezos’s first amazon job ad - for C/C++/ Unix developers incidentally - parsed through their text analyzer tool. Turns out, Bezos writes a pretty good job ad. Be great to see a series here ;-)
Issue #150 published 23 Apr 2020
Beautifully put together How-to on D&I by our buddies at Homerun. If you care about D&I (or rather I&D), but are wondering how the hell to get started, then this is the link you should click on. Available also on PDF, which you can download here
Issue #143 published 23 Apr 2020
With CIPD data showing the HR profession is overwhelmingly female, white and straight, is HR itself walking the talk on diversity and inclusion?
Data is from the UK, but I suspect pattern replicates across Europe, North America and elsewhere. More evidence that the conversation around D&I needs to escape from the HR silo?
Issue #178 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Do you like men?’ and 'Is your mother a prostitute? Apparently these were the questions asked to former LSU running back Derrius Guice during interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine last week. 'Pressure interview techniques’ was the excuse, but really, it’s archaic stuff in the very weird world US sports.
Issue #74 published 23 Apr 2020
Decent interactive report from PwC - you can segment on territory and year, and track progress or lack thereof. Main findings? Maternity and occupational choice are the biggest drivers for earnings inequality. You can also download the full report here
Issue #74 published 23 Apr 2020
Our buddies at HackerRank are coming out with a very decent series of reports these days. This is data from a late 2017 survey of 14K developers (around 2k of whom self identified as women) on background, degree type, programming language preference. Dig in, it’s relevant and it’s digestible. 
Issue #74 published 23 Apr 2020
tldr: you can got say you care. Simple, non-intrusive, do-able with no practical downsides. Evidence in the report, worth reading to get a grip on experiment design, and also to ponder how we translate academic language into more accessible content
Issue #87 published 23 Apr 2020
It is Bas van de Haterd again, who is rapidly turning into a relentless conversation starter in our industry. You don’t have to agree with every point he makes, but you inevitably engage with them. One topic can spin into dozens with this post on assessment, diversity, neuroscience and decision making.
Issue #135 published 23 Apr 2020
Uber is pretty much alongside WeWork and Facebook (but not Palantir? Come on the woke left!) as the big tech bad of the world. So what do we do when they publish their internal D&I report? Have a read of it of course. H/T to brainfooder Denis Dinkevich for the share
Issue #167 published 23 Apr 2020
Confession: I am guilty and seeking to change.
Kate Gregory’s blog gave me the insight as to why I should. This is well presented, empathetic argument on a topic that has stimulated plenty of conversation online in recent days
Issue #110 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s great to see companies open up and take us with them on their journey of change. Here we have long time brainfooder ZeShaan Shamshi writing about improving diversity in tech, and at Onfido
Issue #68 published 23 Apr 2020
I’ve been having conversations about identity, privilege and diversity on my fb recently. It’s clear we need more inclusive conversations of this type and recognise the necessity of perspective. The question is asked by Ed Baldwin in this discussion post, and he makes the case for ‘yes’. What do you think?
Issue #104 published 23 Apr 2020
Did you know that women can’t drive trains in Russia, by law?Yes folks, it’s codified gender inequality packed into one easy-to-use interactive website. Fascinating, fun & depressing at the same time? Find out for yourself here

Issue #86 published 23 Apr 2020
What happens when PR nightmare strikes? Answer: you do what you can. Starbucks have been through the mincer of late, this is their attempt to make right on race, bias, and creating an ‘environment that is welcoming to all’. Their materials on staff sensitivity training published here - it’s a useful resource. 
Issue #86 published 23 Apr 2020
Been meaning to share this post for several months now. I’m glad I’ve rediscovered it. Valuable insight on the often traumatic experience of changing your identity at work. If you haven’t read this yet, do yourself a favour and do it now.
Issue #122 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating research from Harvard analyzing millions of online tests for “implicit bias” finding a striking drop in anti-gay attitudes but a rise in bias based on body weight. Take a read of CommonHealth’s post here and give Project Implicit a go here
Issue #119 published 23 Apr 2020
Counter intuitive findings in this well linked post from Washington Post. Turns out, men are less likely to take sexual harassment reports seriously after undergoing mandatory training. A lot of tough thinking required in this challenging post.
Issue #60 published 23 Apr 2020
The ‘child care penalty’ is tracked as the most significant factor in the gender pay gap. We need to think about units of analysis, relationship between parents, unpopular solutions like equality in parental leave, and everything else. Have a read here
Issue #130 published 23 Apr 2020
One of the most encouraging developments in D&I is an expansion of the scope to include the previously excluded. The operating model for most companies favours extroversion…and yet, 50% of the working population classify themselves as introverts. Varying the toolkit and channel for communication is the key step to redressing the balance. H/T brainfooder Garry Turner for the share - have a read, here
Issue #165 published 23 Apr 2020
Intersection of race / gender particularly interesting in Google’s Annual Diversity report for 2018, as is the tech / non-tech gender split. Thanks to brainfood favourute Denis Dinkevich - a fantastic contributor of shareable content. Read the full report here - and connect with Dennis on LinkedIn here.
Issue #92 published 23 Apr 2020
As a female ex-engineer, turned tech recruiter, turned tech startup CEO, Aline Lerner speaks with some authority on the issue of diversity & inclusion. She comes out against quota’s in this post - read it here.
Issue #95 published 23 Apr 2020
I suspect Hired are in a position to do wage analysis better than any other business in tech. They put their operating model to great use here in this comparative study on wage inequality in the workplace. Take a look here. H/T to Denis Dinkevich for the share
Issue #133 published 23 Apr 2020
Are community and inclusion actually at odds? Commentary on a fascinating controversy over the #HRTribe hashtag, which have revealed some uncomfortable truths about belonging, community and inclusion. H/T Mary Faulkner for taking on this debate though it’s one I’m not sure we’re ready to have. 
Issue #90 published 23 Apr 2020
Somewhat sensationalist headline but somewhat sensational decision by Eindhoven University of Technology, to refuse male applicants for fellowship programme for the first 6 months of the recruitment process being open. Lots to think about here - on legality, morality, outcomes. Read the post here and join the debate here
Issue #141 published 23 Apr 2020
Women earn better grades than men across levels of education—but to what end? Interesting study on the impact of gender on ‘call backs’ for entry level jobs. US data but relevant for all of us here. Have a read here. H/T 'foodie Bas van de Haterd for the share.
Issue #141 published 23 Apr 2020
The gender pay gap is an observed phenomena, but our understanding of its causes is hampered by clickbait headlines according to this research from Microeconomic Insights, which points to intermittency and skills depreciation as significant and under stated factors. Thanks to brainfooder Dan Colceriu for the share. Read the full report here
Issue #91 published 23 Apr 2020
Excellent post by James Elfer from More Than Now - a practical guide to inclusive recruitment using behavioural science techniques. We can do better, fairer recruitment, but only if we think small first to deliver potential later. 
Issue #83 published 23 Apr 2020
Is cutting out HR the way to deal with workplace harassment? Google employees are giving it a shot with this p2p email list. Maybe companies will become something similar to subreddits
Issue #33 published 23 Apr 2020
Here it is folks: a crowdsourced list of 400+ women speakers in Recruitment & HR. If you’re woman brainfooder and have something to share with a HR or TA audience, feel free to add yourself to the spreadsheet. I think this may be useful for event organisers who want to get a diverse speaker line up for their events. I’m going to start by sending it to the folks on this spreadsheet
Issue #67 published 23 Apr 2020
These 100 U.S. companies are doing the most to welcome minorities, LGBTQ employees, and people of all genders, ages, and abilities - all presented in a pretty decent interactive website. Not sure how much you can do with this info, but might be an interesting browse - and - some decent benchmarking data.
Issue #170 published 23 Apr 2020
Always interesting to read from non-specialists on the challenges of hiring diverse teams. Here Kendall Tucker, CEO of Boston startup Polis, talks about diversity hiring for tech. ‘Hire within the first 10 employees’ is probably good idea. Have a read here.
Issue #101 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Cluster hiring’ is form of recruitment in which multiple organisations simultaneously advertise multiple positions without specifying specific field or level of seniority. This case study seems to show impressive results in diversifying the backgrounds of candidates eventually hired. Academic example - do know of a commercial analogue? H/T brainfooder Petar Vujosevic for the share
Issue #176 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting report from LinkedIn Talent Solutions confirming the received wisdom that women apply for jobs less, but get hired more, when they do. Important read, with some practical how-to’s on diversity hiring. Missing some thinking about the why though but hey, one thing at a time
Issue #126 published 23 Apr 2020
The UK has published gender pay data across 1000’s of companies last week. This site by GOV.UK is still in beta but available now as the searchable archive for all those who have reported. No surprises on the gap but the lack of granularity on the data is disappointing. 
Issue #78 published 23 Apr 2020
Excellent set of downloadable resources from Crescendo who are helping make sure that D&I are not forgotten as we deal with the shocking shift to remote working. And, if you have indeed forgotten it, then it might say something about how important i really was to your business in the first place. H/T Laura Johnson for the share
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
Following on from Dr Steven Jones exceptional talk featured last week, I’m taking a deeper dive into D&I - especially via critical thinkers like Culture Amp Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Steven Huang. Point 3 is likely to cause consternation, which is precisely why it needs to be made. Have a read here
Issue #157 published 23 Apr 2020
The conversation about D&I is traditionally dominated by gender & ethnicity, and yet there are other diversities which rarely get consideration. Can we say there is a hierarchy of diversity? Theo Smith makes the case for the neurodiverse in this post for our buddies at ChatTalent. Let the conversation roll on…
Issue #106 published 23 Apr 2020
HR has always straddled the competing responsibilities of employee advocacy vs corporate guardian. 2017 may be the year when we realise that this is an untenable position to take.  Powerful introspective on the role of HR by Jane Watson, who asks all the hard questions. 
Issue #65 published 23 Apr 2020
Age-ism in the Silicon Valley, by an insider account. Concise summary of the prevailing culture of in tech of worshipping youth - and - contempt for the old by one of the favourite writers featured on brainfood - Rachel Kroll. Give her a follow
Issue #117 published 23 Apr 2020
The same realities can be experienced very differently by different people. This account by Natalie Alper-Leroux is an essential read for anyone interested in improving their understanding of this truth. Have a read here
Issue #160 published 23 Apr 2020
Straight forward, well laid out case study of using data to point the way to diversify your workforce. Lessons from the PGA folks - probably the whitest, male-ist institution there is. This is one of those posts which makes a seemingly intractable problem, do-able. Have a read
Issue #169 published 23 Apr 2020
Revealing, valuable and important post from brainfooder Glen Cathey, who tells his own story of being neuroatypical in an industry that is stereotypically neurotypical. It’s a superb post and recommended reading for anyone interested in expanding the scope of D&I beyond gender / ethnicity. As a bonus, Glen’s talk is in this post as an embedded video
Issue #169 published 23 Apr 2020
Aubrey Blanche says it’s all about experiments backed up by research and data. Here, she shares what’s worked and what hasn’t at Atlassian, especially when it comes to diversifying it’s tech workforce. Main takeaway for me: do it early, as big ships are harder to turn. Read it here
Issue #103 published 23 Apr 2020
MGI are consistently pumping out some great data driven content. This one focuses on new job opportunities for women at work, whilst outlining new challenges overlaid on long-established ones in the age of automation. Great looking website here, download the 165 page PDF here
Issue #146 published 23 Apr 2020
Super interesting web app by our friends at Applied. They are tracking the candidate D&I metrics on UK job posting sites, and aggregating the data into a single user-friendly website. If you need to diversify your candidate pipeline, THIS is an essential resource for you for the top of the funnel - check it out.
Issue #146 published 23 Apr 2020
tl:dr: it’s the social vs ‘anti-social socialisation’ of boys and girls which is root cause. It’s a topic that’s not going to go away folks, so take a look at what Kapwing CEO Julia Enthoven means here
Issue #85 published 23 Apr 2020
Really interesting findings from the Harvard Business School and USC collab. Seems that, for male employees, the more time spent with the manager is the primary factor for career development. Have a read here
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
Everything you want to know about D&I in technical hiring but are too afraid to ask.
A significant piece of work from Jennifer Kim and Jason Wong. This is a promising start to what could be an important resource for diversity hiring in tech. Have a read here, probably worth a bookmark too.
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
Words have meaning but we don’t always realise that those meanings can change according to who is in the conversation. Important research from LinkedIn on the impact of language in the workplace. It’s an essential read folks, so get to it here
Issue #147 published 23 Apr 2020
We all know its true - and we all do very little about it. Social class - most obviously signalled by how you speak - is the hidden bias which homogenises organisations without us even being aware of it most of the time. Brilliant essay on this topic and would love to hear from you on how we might tackle this problem. A future topic for Brainfood Live perhaps…
Issue #172 published 23 Apr 2020
I especially like the ‘3 minute summaries’ here - so no excuse not to glance at this report from LinkedIn. And I must admit, the multi-generational nature of the workforce is one aspect of D&I I had not seriously considered. Have a a read and a think
Issue #172 published 23 Apr 2020
With CIPD data showing the HR profession is overwhelmingly female, white and straight, is HR itself walking the talk on diversity and inclusion?
Data is from the UK, but I suspect pattern replicates across Europe, North America and elsewhere. More evidence that the conversation around D&I needs to escape from the HR silo?
Issue #178 published 23 Apr 2020
Are we suffering from ‘Diversity Fatigue’? Research from Atlassian suggests that we are. Download the full report here and watch the interview with Aubrey Blanche, Atlassian’s Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, and Kieran Snyder, CEO of Textio, here. 
Issue #84 published 23 Apr 2020
We can all do more to diversify the speaker line ups in the conferences we support and attend. And whilst gender equity in speaker line ups is not the only dimension we need to think about, it is a conspicuous one we can do something about. Here is a crowdsourced big list of women speakers in our industry - send it to an event organiser and make sure they bookmark it.
Issue #168 published 23 Apr 2020
I came across this post from my friend Jo Weech last week. It’s both a story of what shouldn’t be happening and call to action on what should. If you are one of the few talent folks who haven’t read this yet, I recommend you do so here.
Issue #94 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting thread on problems people have with standardised assessments. The replies reflect broad support for the authors position and yet, it turns out to be a simple advocacy of nepotism. And ….if so, it that so bad a thing? Plenty of brainfood here folks, so have a chew on down on this twitter thread and let me know what you think.
Issue #163 published 23 Apr 2020
Hiring for fit often produces monocultures of people who look and think the same. Hiring for ‘neuro’ atypicals may be the way around. Is this the next frontier for diversity?
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020
We hire people who look and sound like us. That includes people from different economic classes. Interesting research from HBR on how class signifiers impact the hiring process. 
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020
What are you doing about the gender gap in tech? Get some inspiration here from our buddies at HelloFresh with their HelloTech initiative. H/T to OH subscriber Sam Cameron for leading the way. 
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020
A collection of diversity reports from top tech companies, all collected in one searchable website. Beautiful, useful and likely will make a difference. 
Issue #70 published 23 Apr 2020
Take a read of this before you encourage your kids to learn to code; it’s the jobs that require a high degree of human interaction which are most resilient in the face of AI / Automation, and with ageing populations everywhere, healthcare is poised to be a massive growth industry. Doctors maybe on their way out, but nurses are definitely staying in. Status flip is on the way. 
Issue #70 published 23 Apr 2020
What an imperfect messenger this is, but the data is convincing and it’s important we get a nuanced view on gender earnings disparity. How could there be a gap when pay is calculated on a gender blind, transparent formula? Turns out, men - on average - drive faster. 
Issue #70 published 23 Apr 2020
Analogies matter. We use them to think about new ideas for which we don’t yet have the vocabulary. Brad Porteus gets it right - it’s the elegant phrasing from Vernã Myers which helps us better understand overlapping concepts like diversity, inclusion & belonging. Watch the talk, read the post, if culture change is something you care about.
Issue #97 published 23 Apr 2020