Resources for Recruiting & Retaining a Diverse Team (with a focus on Women in Tech)

Chaya Cooper
Feb 23, 2016 · 3 min read

You’ve decided to hire more Women in Tech… Now what? I’ve rounded up my favorite tools and resources for recruiting and retaining diverse candidates.

Tools for Diversity Sourcing & Removing Unconscious Bias:

Specialized Recruitment & Consulting Firms:

  • Awesome Co - Surfaces diverse talent for tech companies. [New York City]
  • Blendoor - Mobile job matching app that hides candidate name and photo to circumvent unconscious bias and facilitate diversity recruiting in tech companies.
  • ChickTech Jobs - Job board that helps companies find qualified female applicants to build diverse technical teams.
  • Paradigm - Has helped companies like Slack and Airbnb identify strategies to more effectively attract, hire, develop, and retain a diverse workforce.
  • Power To Fly - Recruitment firm specializing in remote jobs for women in tech. [Global]
  • Savvy - Recruitment service for motivated women (apx. 40% currently in STEM). Only works with companies focused on equal hiring, promotion and pay initiatives.
  • Tech Ladies — Connecting its community of 20,000+ women in tech with the best jobs and opportunities in tech. [Global]

Women’s Tech Communities:

  • Chicago Women Developers - Community of women who love to code or want to learn [Chicago]
  • Ladies Who Code - Brings the brightest female minds together to code, talk tech, share ideas and innovate via global meetups & conferences [Global]
  • Latinas in Computing - Community created by and for the Latinas in computing
  • Lesbians Who Tech - Community of queer women in & around tech (and the people who love them)
  • Linuxchix - Network of women working in Linux around the world. Includes Chicas Linux, a chapter devoted to supporting Spanish-speaking women in Linux. [Global]
  • NY Tech Women - Organizes educational and social events for 500+ female technologists [New York City]
  • NY Women In Tech - Organizes networking and social events for women in tech [New York City]
  • NYC Tech Ladies - Organizes monthly meetups and an active online community of 1000 women in tech [New York City]
  • Systers - One of the world’s largest email communities of technical women in computing [Global]
  • Women’s Coding Collective - Community of women who create for the web [Boston, Global]
  • Women in Machine Learning- Network of female computer scientists in machine learning [Global]
  • Women in Tech - Membership organization for women in tech [Global]
  • Women Who Tech - Brings together 2800+ talented and renowned women breaking new ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the world and inspire change [Global]

Lists of Top Women in Tech:

Tactics for Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Candidates:

Additional Resources:

Thank you to Allyson Kapin and the wonderful community of Women Who Tech for introducing me to several of these resources.

Chaya Cooper

I am a two-time fashion tech entrepreneur, self-taught full stack developer, long-time strategy & product development consultant, and native New Yorker, posting on a wide range of subjects including Entrepreneurship and Diversity in Tech

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Tech Entrepreneur, Startup Adviser, Strategy & Product Development Consultant and inadvertent Full Stack Developer. Founder & Chief Product Officer at Click2Fit

Chaya Cooper

I am a two-time fashion tech entrepreneur, self-taught full stack developer, long-time strategy & product development consultant, and native New Yorker, posting on a wide range of subjects including Entrepreneurship and Diversity in Tech