White House Summit on Diversity and Inclusion in Government

This week I visited the White House to participate in the Summit on Diversity and Inclusion in Government. It was a great opportunity to meet some amazing leaders; all committed to developing concrete strategies and actions to accelerate workforce and business results.  Leadership from agencies, non-profits and the private sector were in attendance.  This immersion of diversity and inclusion sharing provided an “outside- in view” and valuable insights that will aid my team’s 2017 goals. Panelists at the event spoke about privilege, bias, and how to build a government that represents our country’s growing diversity.


Stereotypes that we all may, in many cases unknowingly, have can create implicit biases.  However, by implementing diversity strategies with “teeth,” businesses can begin to deconstruct these barriers. Studies have shown that implementing job diversity doesn’t “take away,” rather, organizations who diversify their workforce can increase profit, innovation, and revenue.


At the #WHDIGSUMMIT Dr. David R. Williams Harvard Professor of Public Health, discussed candidly the government’s role in truth and dismantling inequality. He provided insights from various research including one study conducted in NY that cited a shocking statistic that a black male applicant with a clean record received a call back or job offer about as often as a white male applicant with a felony conviction.   Michael Murray, chief officer of disability policies for the Obama Administration explained, “every number has a name and every name has a story,” and “when you’re not measuring what you’re doing around diversity, it’s fluff.” Egalitarian hiring practices are imperative to the success of our government and economy.


Establishing a data-driven plan of action for diversity in hiring is an important step towards an equitable future. Intel’s Global Diversity and Inclusion initiative is an excellent example of how analytics can measure success. To ensure progress and innovation in the future, employees must represent that future. The Annual Diversity in Technology report offers insight into progress and shifting demographics, with statistics on gender and ethnicity that show significant gains in employee diversity.


Data-driven analysis will play an important role in effecting change in the future. Training only will not get us to the results we need.  Metrics are the mirror for organizations to hold up and reflect on where progress truly rests. By the year 2042 minority populations within the U.S. will become the majority. Using data to track and identify opportunities for diversity will be imperative to a more inclusive workforce. And, eliminating biased hiring practices will create a more collaborative and innovative future for everyone.

To read more real-time coverage from yesterday’s White House Summit, check out #WHDIGSUMMIT on Twitter.


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Barbara Whye

About Barbara Whye

As the Deputy Director of Intel's Diversity in Technology Initiative, Barbara leads the strategy and execution of Intel's recently announced commitment of a $300M Diversity in Technology (DiT) Fund. Barbara works in collaboration with key stakeholders and respective fund decision makers on an integrated strategy that drives Intel's funding selections and public announcements. She is responsible for developing the infrastructure, operational and implementation design of the Fund that positions Intel to successfully achieve its 2020 full representation of women and underrepresented minority goal. As part of her oversight, Barbara also directly leads the team focused on DiT Fund investments in the education pipeline focused on Intel's immediate workforce development needs. Barbara has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA and is currently pursuing a PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University. Prior to transitioning to the philanthropic side of Intel, she spent 15 years in key leadership and project engineering roles responsible for acquiring and starting up new facilities for Intel Corporation worldwide. Barbara led operations for multiple international startups with fast paced ramps resulting in rich and rewarding cultural experiences. She and her family lived in Costa Rica for two years as Intel established a critical manufacturing presence there. She is a Certified Executive Leadership Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a Professional Facilitator with experience in the fields of program management, strategy development, and mergers/acquisitions. She is a graduate of the Business for Diplomatic Action Fellows Program that resulted in a three-week global leadership exchange in the Middle East and is a recipient of Intel's Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award.