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The Pipeline Fallacy

A common excuse tech companies make for their lack of diversity is to blame the “pipeline,” saying there aren’t enough qualified candidates from underrepresented groups in the talent pool. Why do tech companies lean on this argument, and what are they missing?

In this episode

Mo Hampton

Mo Hampton

Software Engineer

Mariah Driver

Mariah Driver

Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Webflow

Stephanie Lampkin

Stephanie Lampkin

CEO and Founder of Blendoor

Kimberley Johnson

Kimberley Johnson

Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU

Josh Torres

Josh Torres

Chief of Staff for Out in Tech, cofounder of LTX Fest for Latinx in Tech

LeRon Barton

LeRon Barton

Writer, Speaker, Artist, Network Engineer

Olatunde Sobomehin

Olatunde Sobomehin

CEO and Founder of StreetCode Academy

Sinduja Rangarajan

Sinduja Rangarajan

Senior Data Journalist

Sydney Sykes

Sydney Sykes

Blck VC cofounder, Angel Investor

Jacqueline Gibson

Jacqueline Gibson

Software Engineer, Digital Equity Advocate

Catherine Bracy

Catherine Bracy

Co-founder & Executive Director of TechEquity Collaborative

Highlights

“My heart hurts when I hear a pipeline problem, because it speaks to an unwillingness to reframe how they see our community."

Olatunde Sobomehin

“There's a significant portion of people who work at tech companies who don't have engineering degrees… so one can't use the argument that education alone is a justification for why individuals aren't qualified.”

Stephanie Lampkin

“The U.S. has this culture where we really believe in the idea that anyone can succeed. ...  And this mentality really ignores decades of institutional racism. … There are people who started out in life with a huge advantage because of class or money or circumstance or education or a number of different things.”

Sydney Sykes

“I would come into the room or me eating and they would automatically say, 'Oh, are you such and such’s assistant?' I'm like, no, I'm the software engineer.”

Software Engineer

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