Silicon diversity

Silicon diversity

Stanford University is looking to help Silicon Valley tackle its well-documented gender and racial discrimination problems with the launch of new course

Stanford University is looking to help Silicon Valley tackle its well-documented gender and racial discrimination problems with the launch of new course

Stanford University is looking to help Silicon Valley tackle its well-documented gender and racial discrimination problems with the launch of new course, Building Diverse and Inclusive Organisations. The programme is aimed at helping start-up types develop more conscientious companies.

The 10-week course will be offered by the university’s Graduate School of Business which pumps out the Valley’s budding entrepreneurs.

“We will discuss effective strategies for building diverse and inclusive companies, and will address the barriers that can often exist,” Stanfod says. “We'll study approaches to organisational design that limit unconscious bias and produce more objective decisions across the employee experience – from attracting and hiring candidates to developing and retaining employees.

The class will be taught by Fern Mandelbaum, managing partner at Vista Venture Partners, whose investments include kids’ play outfit Tinkergarten and employee coaching outfit BetterUp, and Joelle Emerson, CEO of Paradigm, a diversity and inclusion strategy developer.

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