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    Priya Thinagar: Diversity in Tech and Inclusive Cultures | The SocialCode x Podcast: Ep. 02

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    Summary

    In this conversation, Priya Thinagar, the former EVP of Engineering at Olo, discusses her background in tech, the challenges she faced transitioning to the US, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in business. She emphasizes the need for diverse teams to bring different perspectives and drive innovation. Priya also shares her approach to team culture and inclusivity, highlighting the importance of empathy, trust, and active listening. Finally, she discusses strategies for improving diversity within pipelines, such as reevaluating hiring processes to remove barriers for diverse candidates.

    Priya shares insights on building a diverse pipeline, creating an inclusive culture, the future of the tech space, and advice for young professionals. She emphasizes the importance of identifying specific roles for diverse candidates, implementing internship programs, and eliminating biased coding tests. Priya also highlights the need for continuous education on inclusivity and the measurement of inclusivity through company metrics. She discusses the potential biases in AI systems and the responsibility of tech leaders to address them. Finally, Priya encourages listeners to trust their gut and give others the benefit of the doubt.

    Takeaways

    • Diverse teams bring different perspectives and drive innovation.
    • Empathy, trust, and active listening are crucial for building an inclusive team culture.
    • Diversity and inclusion in business lead to better financial performance, customer understanding, and employee engagement.
    • Reevaluating hiring processes can help remove barriers for diverse candidates. Identify specific roles for diverse candidates to build a diverse pipeline.
    • Implement internship programs to attract diverse talent.
    • Eliminate biased coding tests and evaluate technical abilities through conversations during interviews.
    • Continuously educate teams on inclusivity and measure inclusivity through company metrics.
    • Address biases in AI systems and be mindful of the impact of technology on society.
    • Trust your gut and give others the benefit of the doubt.

     

     

     

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