Can a Texas city make its appearance in Silicon Valley when it comes to embracing diversity in so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields?
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While the West Coast's largest actors continue to represent the voices of minorities, the state capital Lone Star shines with a brilliant light of innovation spurred by opportunities open to all. Unlike companies such as Google and Amazon, which employ less than 3% of African-American workers (19459004) in technical positions (10% less than their counterparts in the country), Austin companies are in the process of to follow the trend.
The momentum towards staff diversification is palpable; it's also important from a purely cost-effective point of view. Studies have shown that women-run technology companies produce 35% more revenue than those run by men and that a strong leader at the bar makes a $ 44 million difference for women. innovative companies.
In other words, being pro-Austin is good for the psyche and paperback – and that's partly why it consistently ranks among the nation's best places to start a business . The pioneering environment of Austin made it an entrepreneurial oasis for any tired woman or minority to heal cuts from the falling glass ceiling after the glass ceiling.
Wider Views in Austin's Boardrooms
Perhaps it is a little paradoxical that conservative Central America has emerged as the place where girls are encouraged to embrace their possibilities without allowing dusty, mundane mantras to have a natural penchant for mathematics or science. Their path. Still, the STEM scene is thriving among Austin's green spaces and active incubation centers.
Girlstart is a great example of an Austin organization that cultivates curiosity among tomorrow's women leaders. By focusing on early education for girls that they can (and should) encourage the desire to excel, Girlstart tries to make STEM-based programs more attractive. As a professor at the University of Oklahoma notes the secret of highlighting STEM careers is to make them relevant to students. With more women teaching STEM to girls, the inevitable consequence will be a heightened awareness among all students that no one can be a disrupter.
For Austin students who want an even more immersive STEM experience, there is still the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders . Regarded as a "public school of choice for girls", it is a place where I have personally mentored many young women in their travels to become, I hope, my future collaborators – and can -being even competitors – in the business world. What better way to get ahead of the game and learn how vast their possibilities are than living RODS day in and day out?
Of course, for women and women who identify entrepreneurs already on the job market, the Austin BossBabes (# bbatx) offer much-needed support. The organization has an ever-changing carousel of immersive events and professional development platforms to enrich the professional and personal lives of women who want to change their lives. BossBabes has made national waves of his central Texas home, with an article stating that the predominantly female leadership team of the Austin Council indicates how targeted messaging can be powerful in the community transformation, one election at a time.
In the corridors of our own business, we try to echo these sentiments and build on what organizations like Girlstart, Ann Richards School, BossBabes and so many others have started. Our mentality is that of a complete inclusion in the whole of the people with whom we work – customers, teammates, suppliers and partners. With empathy as a core value, we support each other to achieve common goals – namely, change the future of software innovation.
Bridging the innovation gap in the heartland
With so many good things happening in the field of STEM careers for women and minorities in and around Austin, three important achievements have been put forward for companies that s & # In this ever-changing pocket of Texas:
1.Improvement of team dynamics
The Harvard Business Review does not mince words when it states that having women within a team increases the intelligence of the group . Anyone who has already brainstormed in a diverse atmosphere understands why having different points of view makes solutions smarter and more interesting. Without a set of divergent voices, teams can not see the problems from all perspectives, which limits their ability to make the wisest decisions.
2.Increased Global Innovation
Innovation is not just a buzzword. it is a necessity in a world where the purchasing power of women astronomically exceeds the rest of society. Women are a demographics that businesses can not afford to ignore. With ideas generated by women at the table innovation can become reality .
3.Great productivity and multitasking
Gender diversity also helps to improve the actual figures because the more balanced the genres of a team, the more likely it is that turns to a stronger job . In addition, the sense of collaboration lends itself to pride, which favors superior efforts and rankings.
Living and working in Austin is not "weird". This is downright wonderful, especially for people who believe that it's high time for organizations to reject anything that looks like "the way we've always done things". Austin gets, the more likely that his principles will spread across the rest of the nation. As such, everyone – not just women and minorities – will ultimately benefit.