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Hired Celebrates Women in Tech at Grace Hopper Celebration 2019

At Hired, we believe we have a responsibility to ensure that the tech industry is scaling with diversity, equity and inclusion top of mind. We know the issue can’t be fixed overnight, but believe access to the right data can empower candidates to ask – and receive – the salaries and opportunities they deserve, regardless of gender. To further conversations about women in tech, we were recently in Orlando for The Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest technical conference for women in computing.

The Grace Hopper Celebration is one of the most inspiring, energizing events our team participates in, packed this year with 26,000 women technologists. With three full days of sessions (and an added Career Fair Crawl the night before everything kicked off), event goers and the Hired team were kept busy.

This year, we wanted to give attendees an opportunity to engage with our data in an interactive (and fun) way. The result? The Hired #GHC19 Game Show. Two “contestants” had the opportunity to go head-to-head, answering trivia questions about women in stem. Questions ranged from “Who is the Queen of Code?” (Grace Hopper) to “What percentage of the time do companies interview only men for a given tech role?” (41%). Winners of the game received 50 points to redeem for a prize on our Hired Rewards store. 

During the week, we also hosted an intimate roundtable breakfast discussion for HR, talent, and diversity leaders, where we discussed how to better attract and retain more diverse candidate pools. As a group, we worked through questions, including:

  • How do you ensure wage parity in your roles? 
  • What does your company do to showcase your diversity and inclusion efforts to candidates? 
  • What policies or strategies – from talent acquisition to employee experience – has your company implemented to help foster an inclusive workplace?
  • What inclusive perks and benefits has your company implemented? Do any stand out as particularly effective? How often do you reassess these programs?

We were also excited to screen our micro documentary we created as part of our 2019 Equal Pay campaign, #NothingLess, and to facilitate roundtable discussions about how people of different gender expressions are impacted by employer brand.

We loved meeting everyone this year at the Grace Hopper Celebration and can’t wait to see this group change the world! See you next year in Orlando.

Interested in learning more about diversity and inclusion in tech? Check out our guide to battling wage inequality