This PANMA event will explore the dangers of 'hiring for culture' - Philly


Jul. 13, 2016 11:28 am

This PANMA event will explore the dangers of ‘hiring for culture’

What does the buzzphrase actually mean? And is it stifling diversity?

The meetup is taking place at Penn's Wharton School.

(Photo by Flickr user Sergio Carreira, used under a Creative Commons license)

These days, it seems like “culture” is the first word CEOs and cofounders throw out when describing their company.

Beyond references to the office ping-pong table (an infamous icon in the startup world) what does the practice of “hiring for culture” actually mean? How does it impact diversity in tech companies? Is this way of evaluating new hires actually good for our business?

The oldest surviving web meetup group in Philly, the Philadelphia Area New Media Association (PANMA), has put together an event to cut through the hype and tackle those questions.

Hiring for culture – But What Culture Are We Hiring For?” will feature diverse voices from the tech scene. The free talk will be held at Penn’s Wharton School on July 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Here’s the lineup of speakers:



Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.


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