The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this month and plenty of are nonetheless questioning, brewing, considering and considering the place the ladies keynotes have been.
Now that the convention has handed and practically a month has passed by, many within the tech house are having trustworthy conversations on change the panorama and embrace extra ladies and girls of shade into the dialog and onto the principle stage platforms.
The Consumer Electronics Show is the world’s largest occasion of its sort, bringing collectively hundreds of people who find themselves wanting to be taught in regards to the newest technological advances within the client house. On the CES grand stage, you didn’t discover a lady giving her perspective of among the progressive merchandise on show. There was no keynote from a girl chatting with the group of hundreds about how she bought to the place she was. We know there are robust, profitable ladies within the tech house who deserved stage time, however the oversight this yr spoke volumes. How did this occur, and what can we do to verify one thing like this does not happen once more? I spoke to Lesley Slaton Brown, Chief Diversity Officer at HP, to get her perspective on the problem.
Lauren Wesley Wilson: What steps ought to CES take to incorporate extra ladies and girls of shade as keynotes?
Lesley Slaton Brown: Utilize former ladies keynote audio system to appoint different numerous expertise. We’re dedicated to gender equality and have been vocal in regards to the lack of ladies and girls of shade (WOC) CES keynotes since day one. HP supported ladies’s empowerment at CES this yr and whereas we have been dissatisfied to see the dearth of variety on the CES keynote stage, we’ve taken motion and have met with CES management and are assured in regards to the dedication and path ahead to advance variety for subsequent yr.
Wesley Wilson: When you personally see the dearth of inclusion of ladies, and even ladies of shade, at sure occasions, conferences, or anywhere the place there’s a giant gathering, what do you do to carry such biases to the forefront?
Slaton Brown: It might be irritating– I get annoyed. But I converse up. I’m not on this function to be silent. My function requires that you just’re continually pushing for fairness. Differences should be included. Everyone has to have pores and skin within the sport. This is the advantage of working at HP the place for us, variety is a enterprise crucial and is weaved all through the whole lot we do.