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The Gag Tactic Wall Street Taught Silicon Valley

Legal barriers for women in tech have grown, thanks to some bi-coastal knowledge sharing

New Yorker on Why Tech Has a Gender Discrimination Problem

Yesterday, Sheelah Kolhatkar, released her piece for this week's New Yorker that digs into why gender disparity is so prevalent in tech. It's a juicy read, and I'm a big Sheelah fan. I ate up her book Black Edge last winter that looked into how hedge funds ultimately get away with insider trading. I urge you to read Sheelah's entire story - it's long but worth it. In the meantime, I'm highlighting one of the more revelatory parts that details why it's so hard for women in tech to speak up about the discriminatory practices they witness.

"...in recent years in Silicon Valley there has been an enormous increase in the use of arbitration clauses in employee contracts—a legal strategy pioneered by Wall Street firms..."

The paragraph I lifted the above quote from follows and you can read Sheelah Kolhatkar's entire piece here.


"Meanwhile, the tech industry continues to erect barriers to legal action. A recent study by the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt found that in recent years in Silicon Valley there has been an enormous increase in the use of arbitration clauses in employee contracts—a legal strategy pioneered by Wall Street firms, whereby disputes such as harassment must be settled through arbitration rather than litigated in federal court. The arbitration process is both shielded from public scrutiny and generally considered more favorable to employers. Tech companies have also embraced the use of employee confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. Ostensibly, such agreements exist to protect company secrets, but when they are too broad they prevent employees from comparing salaries or talking publicly about their experiences at work. One former Google employee told me, "I wish we could have a twenty-four-hour moratorium on N.D.A.s, because that day would rock the tech industry."


[Infographic] Sourcing Diverse Talent

5 Tried & True Steps for Creating a More Diverse Pipeline from Leaders at HomeAway and Shopify

The organizations we work with at PowerToFly are all committed to building diverse talent pipelines, but they often don't know how to begin.

We work one-on-one with clients to tackle this issue, but we wanted to share the lessons we've learned with a much larger audience. So we partnered with recruiting software company, Lever, to host a webinar with diversity leaders at HomeAway and Shopify:

If you're ready to take your Diversity & Inclusion initiatives to the next level, watch the full webinar here... or check out and share the infographic below if you're short on time!


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How These Companies Are Preventing Burnout in the City That Never Sleeps

12 Companies Hiring Now!


A 2018 study found that 1 in 5 highly engaged employees is at risk of burnout. And the General Social Survey of 2016 (a nationwide survey that tracks the attitudes and behaviors of American society) found that 50 percent of respondents are consistently exhausted because of work, compared with 18 percent two decades ago.

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Why Companies Offering Childcare Support Are Also Helping To Tackle The Gender Pay Gap

Plus 15 Companies With Childcare Benefits hiring now

Ever since Amazon made headlines earlier this month when parents at the company asked for back up daycare, I've been thinking about the implications of childcare options (or a lack thereof) for working parents.

My boss (a.k.a PowerToFly's kick-butt cofounder Katharine Zaleski) really put it into perspective for me when she spoke with Bloomberg about the importance of childcare support for working women.

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Attune Insurance Services, LLC

Attune Insurance: Offering a Fresh Take on an Age-Old Industry

People Operations Lead, Katherine Klui, on the Collaborative Culture at Attune

The insurance industry is booming. Not only does it employ 115 times as many people as Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter and Yahoo combined, but there are a plethora of emerging startups taking advantage of the idea that "the insurance industry is in need of a makeover" - and the makeover starts with technology.

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