Out of corporate America's diversity failures, a new industry is emerging
The birth of the modern diversity-recruitment industry can be dated to Oct. 11, 2013.
That’s the day Tracy Chou, an engineer at Pinterest, published a post on Medium laying bare her company’s poor record at hiring women engineers. Within a week, employees at dozens of tech companies followed. The next year, tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Apple formally issued reports showing they, too, had dismal results in hiring women, along with black and Hispanic workers. By 2016, 250 companies across a wide swath of industries were sharing their data.
By going public with these numbers—and with their commitment to improve their hiring record—the companies challenged themselves. And when they failed to meet their own goals, they opened a window for a new set of businesses that saw an enormous, and lucrative, opportunity.
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