January 19, 2023

Capital One’s New Initiative Is Making An Inclusive Future For Tech

The tech industry has a diversity problem. At this point, improving diversity in the tech industry is no longer a moral imperative but a massive key to reducing economic inequality. 

What is Capital One’s Make Today initiative? 

Capital One is using its new initiative to promote diverse tech talent. The banking platforms hope this will be the first step in creating welcoming tech workplaces by building financial technology products that bring diverse perspectives to data solutions. 

The Make Today initiative – which will be led by Kimberly Hall, Vice President of Software Engineering and BIT Summit lead – reminds all Black technologists that they are makers and consumers. 

“It’s [about] creating a community for Black technologists where they can see associates just like themselves and be able to learn and grow and help each other continue to advance in their careers,” said John, Senior Communications Manager in Technology at Capital One. 

Black tech workers

Through Capital One’s initative, Black technologists will be given the tools to create solutions to improve financial technology products further and create a brighter future for all. 

The importance of diverse representation in tech 

To create data-driven solutions that will go on to revolutionize the tech industry, a room full of diverse leaders and associates is needed. Not only will this bring in a range of fresh perspectives, but it also allows companies to explore data from different perspectives. 

From creating opportunities to acknowledging diverse team members within the company, Capital One believes its commitment to getting more Black and brown people in the room will serve as an example to other tech companies. 

Additionally, the banking platform has also created an interest group for Black technologists to help them feel supported in the advancement of their careers. 

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Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.