Companies should be working to create more diversity, equity and inclusion within and outside of their organization. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it makes clear business sense. New research is proving companies with more diverse workforces in gender, race and ethnicity perform better financially. Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity outperform their competitors by 15% and those in the top quartile for ethnic diversity outperform their competitors by 35%.
We know that inclusive workplaces foster positive cultures that minimize bias and recognize and address systemic inequities so that no one is disadvantaged. We also know it takes learning and intentional effort to achieve this.
VIATEC wants to help you explore diversity, equity and inclusion and what it means for you and your workplace with a 4 part learning series. Each session will help you understand the topic, assess yourself and/or your workplace, and implement new practices to champion change.
Session 1, July 15: How to Create an Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - How do we get there? What does it mean to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace and how can you do it?
Session 2, July 22: Identify What's in the Way at Your Workplace
Barriers to Equity and Inclusion - How do you uncover institutional and individual barriers?
Session 3, July 29: Understand and Address your Bias
Understanding Bias - In what ways are we biased? How does it shape our thinking and decision-making? How do we check our bias?
Session 4, Aug 6: Check your Power and Privilege
Identity, Power, and Privilege - How do we define ourselves? What aspects of our identities confer power and privilege? How do we redirect our power and privilege to create workplaces that are more inclusive for those with less?
We've partnered with Leah Shumka, Manager of Sexualized Violence Education, Prevention and Support at the faculty of Equity and Human Rights, UVic to explore each of these issues in an interactive format.
Please take the time to share your questions with us as part of the registration process so that we can make each session as applicable and actionable as possible.
Victoria, Vancouver Island, Industry Association, High Tech, Technology
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The Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) is the conduit that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow a successful technology sector in Greater Victoria.
Since VIATeC's inception way back in 1989, the Greater Victoria tech sector has grown to over 800 known technology companies, employing more than 13,000 people and generating in excess of $1.95 billion in annual revenues with an economic impact of $2.65 billion. That's bigger than the revenues generated by the entire NHL and explains why the advanced technology is Greater Victoria's #1 private industry.
VIATeC is intended to be the first place that people contact for information or assistance related to advanced technology in Greater Victoria. VIATeC's membership, which currently stands at over 350 annually elects VIATeC's Board of Directors, which in turn provides guidance to the Executive Director.
Sector Information and Promotion
Serve as the definitive source of information on the local technology sector and the companies within it and be the driving force to promote the accomplishments of the Greater Victoria technology sector and the opportunities within it.
Raise awareness of the career opportunities available within local technology companies by targeting experienced workers and recent graduates while also promoting technology careers and innovation students.
Networking and Connections
Offer top quality networking and community building opportunities by connecting members through events and introductions along with topic specific information as requested.
Education and Mentoring
Provide timely, valuable information through seminars and connect interested members with experienced, volunteer mentors and advisors.
Members of VIATeC enjoy access to a diverse set of resources, services and events. To learn more about these services, click on the links. The list includes (but is not limited to):
Major Technology Related Events; awards, conferences expos