Diversity in Technology

Technological advancement is a major driver for growth and development. It has become a key differentiator between organizations, regions, and countries. It is transforming industries at an unprecedented clip—creating, changing, and reinventing jobs and sources of wealth at a breakneck pace.

Despite these radical shifts in industry needs, the sector’s workforce demographics have not kept pace with that of the general workforce. Racial and ethnic minority representation in the tech sector has improved by only 1–2 percent over the past 15 years. Female representation has fallen by one percent in that same period.

On August 23, 2017, change leaders from a wide range of industries came together to discuss the issue at the Diversity in Technology roundtable, held at Convene in New York City and hosted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and STEMconnector. The roundtable was the fifth in a series on the future of tech jobs across all sectors. The intent of this roundtable was to advance the conversation on diversity and inclusion in tech jobs through thought leadership, networking, and exposure. Power talks, panel discussions, and small-group breakouts provided stakeholders with the opportunity to engage in in-depth consultation.