Tech, community leaders discuss workforce diversity

North­eastern University-​​Seattle con­vened top offi­cials from tech­nology com­pa­nies in the North­west and com­mu­nity leaders including Rev. Jesse Jackson to dis­cuss ways to increase work­force oppor­tu­nity and income equality for minori­ties and women in these sectors.

The Dec. 3 meeting included exec­u­tives from Amazon, Google, Impinj, and Moz, as well as leaders from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition—of which Jackson is founder and president—and African-​​American leaders in the Seattle area. At the meeting, the com­pany exec­u­tives com­mitted to working together to make Pacific North­west tech firms the national leaders in work­force diver­sity throughout the cor­po­rate ladder. These posi­tions include soft­ware engi­neers, admin­is­tra­tive leaders and CEOs, and board mem­bers. They also include the many tech industry jobs—lawyers, accoun­tants, and secu­rity per­sonnel, among others—that don’t require STEM credentials.

Tayloe Wash­burn, dean and CEO of North­eastern University-​​Seattle, said he will work closely these com­pa­nies and the Wash­ington Tech­nology Industry Asso­ci­a­tion in coming months to design a series of imple­men­ta­tion strate­gies to ensure these com­mit­ments are met.

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