Diversity, transparency and sharing data at GoDaddy | #GHC15
Workforce diversity has become a huge point of discussion in the tech world, with the benefits of diversity being demonstrated every day. Still, tech companies have found it difficult to reach their targets for diversity because there are few role models to show how it’s done. One of those model companies is GoDaddy, who have shown a strong commitment to diversity and women in the tech workforce.
To talk about GoDaddy’s experience with diversity and its benefits, John Furrier and Jeff Frick of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, met up with Auguste Goldman at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2015 conference. Auguste Goldman is the Chief People Officer at GoDaddy Operating Company, LLC.
The conference and transparency
The discussion opened up with a simple question: What’s special about the Grace Hopper celebration conference? Goldman replied that the conference is important because it sets the stage for diversity in tech engineering. There are a lot of lessons to be learned in such a setting, and GoDaddy has sponsored over 60 students to participate in the conference.
The conference also gives GoDaddy a place to show and compare its numbers on workplace diversity. Goldman explained that companies have to be transparent on the issue, up to and including salary numbers. “This is massively important,” he said.
Data and open source
Sharing data in this way has long been considered a mistake by traditional business, but modern workers have little problem with it. The younger crowd expects data to be shared, not just about diversity, but on other tech world issues as well. Goldman pointed out that collaboration, group work and open source represent the basic working environment for new developers.
This subject brought Goldman to mention the open-source community. “It all comes back,” he said, referring to how contributing to open source tends to see rewards in the form of new solutions. Contributing to the open-source community also opens a door for recruitment and retention.
Watch the full video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of Grace Hopper Celebration of Woman In Computing. And join in on the conversation by CrowdChatting with theCUBE hosts.
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