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.