Putting a price tag on the work of #techdiversity

  • The tech industry is extremely homogenous.
  • There is an entire movement that exists to help make the tech industry more inclusive for underrepresented groups, with the goal of making the industry more diverse.
  • Research has repeatedly shown that in the knowledge economy, diverse teams are more creative, innovative, and generate real financial value.
  • An extremely large proportion of the people who are doing the hard work of making tech more diverse come from minority or underrepresented backgrounds themselves.
  • Most of the people who spend their time (and often money) to create a diverse tech industry are volunteers.

Focus on solutions

Now, I want to be 100% clear that I am compensated for the work I do to make tech more diverse. In fact, my entire income comes from advocating for people from underrepresented backgrounds, and creating real pathways for them to succeed in technology. I have intersectional minority identities, but I hope it’s clear I’m in a privileged position in a host of different ways. But even I, a professional in this field, struggle to understand what the true, fair “market value” of my labor is. While sites like Glassdoor have great info on Content Strategists, Senior UX Designers, and a host of other specialities, they’ve got exactly zero data points for me to compare to, based on my searches. In fact, when I negotiated for my current job, I compared my salary to a bunch of marketing roles because I couldn’t find any other reasonable comparisons.

Knowledge is power

The thing is, there’s an easy way to begin fixing this problem. Let’s gather some data. I want to know exactly who gets paid what by tech companies to promote and grow diversity. So here’s the deal. I’m looking for people who are doing diversity & inclusion work inside technology companies. Whether you focus on diversity & inclusion as your entire job, a part of it, or whether it’s outside of your job description but you do it anyway.

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Equitable Design & Impact @CultureAmp. Advisor, investor. Mathpath = (Math Nerd + Empath). Queer dog mom, Latina. Your contribution matters. She/her.

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Aubrey Blanche, The Mathpath

Aubrey Blanche, The Mathpath

Equitable Design & Impact @CultureAmp. Advisor, investor. Mathpath = (Math Nerd + Empath). Queer dog mom, Latina. Your contribution matters. She/her.