Workplace Diversity Dialogues
Exploring Systemic Change
The problems women and minorities face in Silicon Valley can be solvable if the issues are considered as ethical dilemmas. We will explore the issues both philosophically and practically in this dialogue series during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Our program is developed each year based on feedback from the Silicon Valley business community, which pointed to diversity and inclusion as significant ethical issues in Silicon Valley. Several high-profile harassment cases disclosed over the summer reinforced this unfortunate reality.
From governance to the operational level, members of the Silicon Valley business community want to learn from each other and trade best practices. “Workplace Diversity Dialogues: Exploring Systemic Change” is meant to create a space—a learning lab—where industry and academic experts can share tools and learn from one another about what’s working (and what isn’t working) when it comes to creating more diverse and inclusive organizations.
Some questions the series will explore:
- How does the image of being a leader need to change for organizations to be more inclusive?
- How do companies create environments where people can talk productively about diversity?
- What science supports the fact that diverse teams are stronger, more productive teams?
- What ethical systems designs can be used to encourage inclusion?
- How do you deal with conflict, particularly around issues of diversity engagement?
- How can investors change the dynamics in business?
This website will serve as a place where we will highlight events, resources, articles, and blog posts, so check back for additional information throughout the 2017-2018 year.
This series is supported by the Ethics Center’s Partners in Business Ethics.
Previous Dialogues in the Series
An investor's perspective
BlackRock Managing Director Michelle Edkins urges diversity for boards of directors.
Tools for dialogue around challenging topics at work
Panelists discuss microaggressions, Islamophobia, and freedom of speech in professional settings.