2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Why Diversity Can't Be Built in a Day

Saturday, March 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon C
110 E 2nd St

This session will explore the real challenges of introducing diversity into growing organizations and building a diversity program from scratch. We’ll dissect three significant barriers to successful diversity and inclusion efforts (misconceptions around “lowering the bar,” the importance of defining “diversity,” and challenges that arise as a result of misaligned incentives) and present strategies to combat these barriers. We’ll get real about the long-term investment and commitment required to build a diverse organization and, drawing on our experience as leaders of diversity initiatives, provide actionable information on what works.

Hashtags: #sxsw #builddiv


Abby Maldonado at SXSW

Abby Maldonado

Diversity Programs Specialist


Abby Maldonado is Pinterest’s Diversity Programs Specialist. She leads Pinterest's efforts to diversify its workforce through external outreach and by implementing data-driven internal programs. Pr...

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Dominique DeGuzman at SXSW

Dominique DeGuzman

Software Engineer/Co-Chair of Diversity & Inclusion


Joelle Emerson at SXSW

Joelle Emerson



Joelle is the Founder and CEO of Paradigm, a strategy firm that helps innovative companies become more diverse and inclusive organizations. Before founding Paradigm Joelle was an employment lawyer ...

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Rachel Williams at SXSW

Rachel Williams

Head of Diversity & Inclusion



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