An ITSP column and podcast series with Selena Templeton.
We all know about the lack of diversity in the technology industry. These days everybody is talking about diversity and inclusion, but who is actually walking the talk?
It pains me that we are still having (or avoiding) the same conversations and struggles around equality that we did in the 1960s and the 1920s and the 1860s. We are now officially out of ignorant excuses and unreasonable reasons for not making the cybersecurity and tech industries as diverse as the world is.
The statistics show that different backgrounds and perspectives not only lead to a happier workplace and better world, but to greater results. Beyond gender, race, age, sexual orientation and neurodiversity, a diverse group of people is the best solution for solving problems.
The conversations I’m having about diversity and inclusion here are not just with or about women and people of color. What I find deeply inspiring and exciting are discussions on this topic that are historical, cultural, philosophical, psychological and geographical. Simone de Beauvoir (writer, existentialist, feminist) said: “One is not born but becomes a woman.” She goes on to say that social constructions in a patriarchal society are what “decides” that a woman is less than a man and what roles she may occupy.
The mission of Diverse IT is to take a direct and more solution-oriented approach by providing a safe platform for this cause. Through conversational interviews with a wide range of industry folks, I aim to give a voice to the thoughts, ongoing efforts and inspirations of all our guests – to get a better idea of why this is even an issue and to turn the diversity clock forward!
If you have an inspiring story to tell, I want to hear from you!
- Selena Templeton
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