Hardin DD Focuses on the Importance of Diversifying Hiring in the Tech World.

Our Vice President, Scott Resnick, along with the Urban League of Greater Madison recently hosted a Tech Talk Luncheon following recent concerns about the extremely low number of African Americans, women, and Hispanic individuals in the tech-related workforce. Kevin Conroy, CEO and President of Exact Sciences, (bio) led a robust discussion with local tech companies, individuals from University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as staff from the Urban League of Greater Madison about ways to expand diversity in the workplace. That said, much was spoken about the importance of encouraging math and computer science classes at a young age to prepare kids for jobs of the 21st century.  In 2013, only one African American student in Wisconsin passed the AP computer science exam, while none of the minority students who took the test were female. These unfortunate statistics, compiled by Barbara Ericson, are a testament  to the fact that there needs to be encouragement  in schools to engage in programming and technology, as well as introduction to various career opportunities available in tech fields. In addition, expanding resources in the community for tech focused learning was another topic of discussion among the group. All in all, the conversations shed light on ways various members of the community can commit to helping increase participation rates and we  hope to see a sharp rise in those numbers during the coming years.

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