In the melting pot that is the United States, diversity is becoming more and more important; our population is diverse and our workplaces should be as well. Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management found that diverse groups outperformed more homogeneous groups not solely because of an influx of new ideas, but because diversity triggered more careful information processing that is absent in homogeneous groups. In the following graph created from data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we can see the comparison of the Professional & Technical Services employees to the entire workforce. The above table shows the percent difference for all minorities by each group’s percentage in the Entire Workforce verses the Professional & Technical Services (PTS).
Given the trend in the graph and the theme in the videos mentioned above, there are definitely questions to be answered. These are all questions that don’t have a straightforward answer, but need to be investigated.
Spreading awareness about the lack of diversity can positively influence the growth of the above percentages. The Technology for Women Meetup group was started to give women in technology a common meeting ground to discuss different technologies and diversity within tech.
Though the Technology for Women’s group is in general for women, general diversity in tech is a huge topic. If you want to get involved, the Technology for Women group meets the last Wednesday of every month at West Monroe Partners.

There has been a diversity problem in the technology field for at least a decade, so we have compared 2008 to 2013. For example, the percent difference of women in 2013 in the Workforce in comparison to PTS is -3.3% thus there are less women are in PTS in comparison to the Entire Workforce. Ashe Dryden’s talk Programming Diversity supports the issue with hard facts and solutions to the lack of diversity. The main focus is to acknowledge there’s an issue with the lack of diversity in technology and to create awareness and solutions to the problem. Men and women of all backgrounds are always welcome to attend the events and encouraged to be open and give their opinion on matters that involve diversity.
Now, when comparing the percent change of women from 2008 to 2013, you can see that the percentage of women continues to decline overtime in PTS. Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk discusses why women are being pushed to the side and leaves it up to them to be more included. Diversity is something that is nearly impossible to define in just a sentence or two; think of the definition as more of a conversation. While it is okay to focus on numbers to start out, they are only the beginning of our problem with diversity. Previously mentioned activists such as Ashe Dryden, a feminist in the social media realm, and Sheryl Sandberg, a feminist in the corporate world, works have been reviewed in the sessions.

The group has already or will host sessions regarding Diversity in Programming, Women Entrepreneurs, and Diversity in Blogging and Social Media. The topic is Diversity in Blogging and Social Media and will be led by blog enthusiast Marcie Hill.
On the flipside, for Hispanics, you can see that the overall % change from 2008 to 2013 has slightly increased in PTS, but the percentage difference in the Entire Workforce verses PTS is still below what is expected in the Entire Workforce.
When a certain minority is well represented within your company, the next step is to ensure they are included; representation in itself is not nearly enough.
These programs help people in the majority become more self-aware of things they say and, more importantly, how they act toward people that are different from them. The group tries to show members content from feminist leaders to give them someone to look up to, and to help members realize these issues are recognized everywhere. Ideally, I would be writing about this topic, but if I work in this field in order to make the change I would love to see, then I’m willing to do it. Educating our youth to treat all people equally regardless of race, gender, or religion will be the solution in the long run, and that starts with us today.

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