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Women Leading The AI Industry: Why and How We Can Solve The ‘Leaky Pipeline’ Problem in Tech, With Kalai Ramea of PARC

It is well-known that there is a diversity problem in AI (and technology fields). Contrary to popular opinion, not having enough women in technology is not a pipeline problem. There are many qualified women — it is, in fact, the “leaky pipeline” problem, where women are leaving in droves due to their bitter experience in workplaces. To prevent that, companies should actively train their employees to recognize their unconscious biases, systemic biases (class, race, gender, etc.), and microaggressions.

Moreover, diversity (in numbers) alone is not sufficient; there needs to be equal emphasis on inclusion. There needs to be an active introspection to understand if the minority members feel included in teams and activities.

Companies should recognize that they benefit from having a diverse group of experiences and ideas to build successful products. So, it is of their advantage to hire more women, people of color, LGBT folks, and other minorities.

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