…nd other pipeline programs are a topical, quick-fix at best, and entirely overlook the reality that hundreds of thousands of qualified applicants are currently in existence and go unnoticed and undesired by tech companies.
On the other hand, if someone is an underrepresented minority with a senior title at a respected company, they’ve likely had a different journey than their white male counterparts. They may be the only woman or person of color at their rank on their team. They may not have had the same opportunities and may have had to work harder than their white male colleagues to earn the same rewards they did. They may not want to trade a guaranteed higher salary for speculative equity. They may have a harder time picking up where they left off if that enticing startup goes bust. Backward or lateral moves in their resume may call into question their fitness to take on bigger challenges in the future.
While there are many efforts to improve the pipeline of underrepresented groups today, most of these efforts focus on entry-level talent who are usually not experienced enough to be your first hires. There are an increasing number of channels to reach diverse groups of entry-level candidates, but there are far fewer channels for senior candidates.