Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) are essential components of any thriving and innovative business culture. In the world of technology, DE&I helps promote creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in teams. However, the technology industry has historically struggled with DE&I, which hinders its ability to provide effective solutions to today's complex problems.
In this fireside chat at Tech LIVE Virtual London, Pearson CTO Elaine Montilla explores how fostering a culture of DE&I not only drives innovation but also creates an inclusive environment that empowers individuals from all backgrounds to contribute their unique perspectives.
In this exclusive discussion, Montilla shares insights, strategies, and actionable steps that can help organisations nurture an inclusive workplace to help shape the future of the technology industry.
The importance of DE&I in Technology
For companies looking to get DE&I right, Montilla explains there is still a lot of work to do.
“One of the issues that I see is that sometimes people seem to be afraid of saying the wrong thing, and in the end they end up saying nothing at all. It's either that or sometimes there is a lot in writing, like you can go to an organisation’s website and see a lot of information in writing, but when you actually get to the data and what they're doing, it doesn't meet the goals.
"I think this is an ongoing process. This is not something that you can do once and have a checkmark, and say ‘okay, I'm done, this is good and we can move on’. It goes beyond that.
“Over the years I can see that there is more focus on DE&I. I am here, speaking with you today, and this is not something that was happening years ago. So the focus is in the right place.”
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