Moving Beyond The Pipeline Discussion: African American Tech Talent Is Ready, Willing & Able

Today, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman, G. K. Butterfield (NC)and Rep. Barbara Lee (CA), Co-Chair of the CBC Diversity Task Force, announced that seven national African American tech professional organizations have adopted African American Inclusion Plans (AAIPs) designed to increase #techdiversity.

Chairman Butterfield called on tech companies to:

  1. Reduce the weight they put on job applicants being recommended by people who already work in the company. When companies give significant weight to a job applicant who knows someone in the company, that applicant has an advantage over a person who does not know anyone in the company. This practice of rewarding people who have connections in the company reinforces a lack of diversity since the current employees are not diverse.
  2. Implement a “Rooney Rule” style process that ensures there is a female candidate AND an underrepresented minority in the interview pool.

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