Diversity in Tech

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Status Go Podcast: Episode 1

“Of all of the leaders out there in all of our industries a full 85% don’t get beyond the self authoring stage.” – Ron West

Episode 72: Diversity in Tech

The wake of George Floyd’s murder has accelerated a civil rights movement some are calling the largest in history; it is creating awareness, uncovering unconscious bias and highlighting ways we can do better.  The mission of Status Go has always been to create opportunity out of challenge and to break from the status quo; we are applying that mindset in order to be a part of creating real, sustainable change by listening, learning and taking action.  In this episode,  Lamont Hatcher, CEO at AIS, and Wayne Patrick, CRO at AIS sit down for real talk with Jeff Ton about the lack of diversity in the tech industry today.  This episode is a mix of vulnerability and practicality around Lamont and Wayne’s own experiences, ways to attract a more diverse talent pool, and bias in creating applications.

Time Stamped Table of Contents

2:25 Navigating the chaos of 2020

5:36 Team experiences, both inclusive and exclusive

10:45 A poignant analogy of being a Black man in America

15:49 Attracting a more diverse talent pool

24:34 Actions to develop and lead more diverse teams

27:49 Creating unbiased applications

 

List of referenced organizations:

BDPA – Black Data Processing Associates

NSBE – National Society of Black Engineers

Black Girls Code

Blacks in Technology

Circle City Prep  – Charter School serving primarily Black youth

Tindley School – Charter School serving primarily Black youth

Indiana Black Expo

100 Black Men

Center for Leadership Development

Lamont Hatcher, CEO at AIS, is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry.  Lamont serves on the Board of Directors for Morning Light as well as Martindale-Brightwood CDC.

Wayne Patrick is a Mentor and Investor in several startup and entrepreneurial companies. Wayne has over forty years of experience in Information Technology including IT Director for a large fortune 500 Financial and Insurance Company.  He has extensive experience in the IT Consulting Industry having started and managed his own IT Consulting Company, Professional Data Dimensions to a successful exit. His experience in the Software industry includes having developed and led the consulting efforts for a large software firm and having been the COO of two entrepreneurial/start-up software firms that had successful exits.

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