Let’s cut to the chase, because we’ve spent more than a decade discussing tech’s diversity problem and have gotten “meh” results at best.
How tech gets candidates and hires employees is biased. It rewards those privileged enough to have access to people on the inside (or to know somebody who does). And once you’re hired, it rewards those who are more likely to attract the attention of mentors and sponsors—primarily pasty white dudes like myself.
Admitting that there is a problem is always the first step, but tech’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts have been stuck there for years. If tech wants to hire and retain more BIPOCs, women, military veterans, and other underrepresented groups, if tech wants to reflect the diversity of the populations it serves, it needs to move forward.