Technically Media is partnering with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce’s Most Diverse Tech Hub initiative. The three-part initiative seeks to boost tech skills for the region’s future talent pipeline — specifically Black and brown Philadelphians looking to move into technology careers.
We’ve been supporting this effort by managing the Philadelphia Tech Industry Partnership. Throughout 2021, we’ve been convening technology employers to identify sector and talent needs with workforce diversity at top of mind, and by building a network of employer partners. These partners should be committed to providing internships, on-the-job training, unsubsidized employment and targeted mentoring.
For several months now, we’ve been trying to better understand where we are today by gathering feedback from local tech companies. We’re following up with a new survey to chart our collective progress.
The results should provide valuable insights on our current collective situation, including what we’re doing well and where we can improve.
The survey asks questions about specific racial equity initiatives at local companies as well as attitudes about citywide diversity resources. What we’re assessing for overall: What are the biggest obstacles to Philadelphia being the country’s most diverse tech hub?
Any company with a presence in the region that is serious about making a commitment to diversifying its technology-enabled workforce and economic opportunity can be a part of this Most Diverse Tech Hub initiative. Simply reach out to my colleague Vincent Better at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can become involved.