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Business leaders have acknowledged that their companies are lagging behind in their diversity efforts, according to a new report by The IN Group. The “UNLOCKED: Tech and the Boardroom” report surveyed 705 C-level executives in the UK, US, Germany and Netherlands. In today’s competitive business environment, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have become critical components of organizational success, however companies are falling behind. We’re falling behind, Say C-level execs In the report, 3 in 4 (76%) respondents confirmed that they have a diversity and inclusion strategy in place when it

Dwight Jackson, a 27-year-old Black man, has filed a lawsuit against the Shinola Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, after he found changing his name on a resume led to a job interview. According to Detroit News, the lawsuit alleges that Jackson was initially denied a job interview due to his real name but was subsequently offered an interview after changing his name on his resume to “John Jebrowski.”  This act led Jackson to take legal action, claiming that the hotel’s hiring practices violated the Michigan Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act. “John

Operation HOPE and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman have launched an AI Ethics Council to help ensure marginalized poplations and people of color are included in the AI developments. The announcement comes amid criticisms of OpenAI, Meta, and other major players in the AI space lacking diversity on their boards and decision-making bodies. A Historic Partnership According to a press release, OpenAI’s partnership with Operation HOPE, a leading nonprofit dedcated to financial literacy for underserved communities, began with a listening tour at Clark Atlanta University in spring 2024. During this tour,

The World Economic Forum (WEF) and its founder, Klaus Schwab, are facing a lawsuit from a Black employee in New York over allegations of racial and pregnancy discrimination. Topaz Smith, a policy expert, claims that upon her return from maternity leave, she was informed her position was being eliminated and was replaced by a non-pregnant white woman, according to Bloomberg. Allegations of Systemic Discrimination Smith’s lawsuit accuses the WEF of systematically discriminating against Black employees, citing instances where Black staff were kept away from attending the annual Davos conference. Instead

Girls in Tech Inc., a global nonprofit focused on advancing women in technology, has closed due to insufficient funding.  Founded in 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne, the organization aimed to bridge the gender gap in the tech industry, providing resources and opportunities for women and allies worldwide.  Despite its significant presence, with 130,000 members in 50 cities and 38 countries, the organization has struggled financially over the past few years. Relocation and Financial Struggles In 2022, Girls in Tech moved its headquarters from San Francisco to Nashville, a strategic shift intended

FanDuel is hiring on POCIT Meet Akilah Hugine-Elmore, a sports enthusiast who found her dream job by merging her love for sports with her expertise in UX research. A former basketball and softball player and avid sports watcher, Akilah is now the UX Research Director at FanDuel, America’s #1 Sportsbook. In this interview, she tells POCIT how she turned her passions into a fulfilling career.   Introduce yourself and what you do at FanDuel.  My name is Akilah. I’ve worked at FanDuel since August 2021 and am on the UX research team.

Pfizer has urged a US Court of Appeals to uphold a decision to dismiss a lawsuit from an anti-affirmative action group that challenged its diversity fellowship program. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed Do No Harm’s lawsuit because the group failed to name at least one individual harmed by Pfizer’s program. The lawsuit against Pfizer The case involves Pfizer’s fellowship program aimed at recruiting and training Black, Latine, and Native American leaders. Do No Harm’s lawsuit claims the program violated federal civil rights laws.  In March,

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards recently unveiled a plan to establish a new diversity tech and innovation center in Long Island City, slated to open in early 2025.  Empowering Minority-Owned Startups Partnering with Pursuit, a Queens-based non-profit, the Queens Diversity Tech Hub will occupy a 7,000-square-foot space in the Pursuit building at 47-10 Austell Place.  This state-of-the-art facility will serve as a launchpad for up to 50 emerging startups, targeting minority-owned businesses seeking seed and Series A funding.  The initiative is set to address the funding challenges faced by startups

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced an investment to enhance diversity and inclusion within the artificial intelligence (AI) research community.  The NSF has allocated $10 million in grants to seven innovative projects in collaboration with the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Defense, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  These initiatives aim to strengthen AI research and education at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), including historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). A Diverse AI Research Community The new round of ExpandAI awards is a strategic move to cultivate a

Workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives faced a significant setback after the US Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action in college admissions in 2023. However, experts now report that employers’ interest in DEI programs is now resurging, according to Law360. The Initial Impact of the Supreme Court’s Ruling The conservative-majority Supreme Court declared race-conscious admissions policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina unconstitutional.  Though the ruling targeted higher education, its effects quickly spread to the corporate world. Legal threats led many employers to pull back on

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