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7    The value of future first talent strategies

In the summer of 2014, a group of leading tech companies released diversity data on their employees. The numbers were unimpressive, if largely expected. For one, the gender gap was dismal. Among fifteen of the largest companies who released data, only about three out of ten employees were women. The combined percentage of African-American and Hispanic employees at Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn averaged about 6 percent of the companies’ total workforces. The representation of white women and people of color in leadership positions was even lower.

Most companies accompanied their data with statements expressing dissatisfaction and commitment to do better. But the truth is that, for all ...

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