Diversity Dilemmas in Silicon Valley
Ahead of President Obama’s Thursday night dinner with CEOs from top tech companies including Google and Apple, minority groups in Silicon Valley picketed Google’s headquarters, asking them and other Vally tech companies to disclose their workplace diversity data.
The Oakland Tribune reports that the protest was organized by the Black Economic Council, the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles and the National Asian American Coalition, based on a series of investigative reports in the Mercury News last year. Two dozen people staked out the Googleplex to criticize companies that refused to share their workforce diversity data. The Tribune says the leaders called on the federal government to review the H-1B work visa program that tech companies use to hire engineers from abroad, unless the companies comply.
The agenda for the meeting has been kept under tight wraps by the White House, but it is less than likely that the protested lack of diversity came up among the president and the guests that represent the top percentage of wealth in the country. Some of the attendees were Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix; John Hennessy, president of Stanford University; Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO of Apple; Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google; and Mark Zuckerberg, president and CEO of Facebook.