This post was written by Sam Cicotello, VP of People Operations here at Social Tables.
Kudos to Social Tables’ CEO, Dan Berger for pushing for this report, and publishing results that aren’t perfect. Actually measuring and distributing this information will only increase our commitment to making them better.
Because I live in this culture every day I assumed that I knew the numbers, but actually measuring them put them in a whole new light.
Gender diversity is 41% female overall, 29% in management positions, and 26% in engineering. Compared to other tech companies those look great, but I’m clearly not doing cartwheels about them.
We are 24% minority races/ethnicities, which seems low to me. Especially in a city that is more than 50% African American – that 24% is frustrating. I see this distance replicated throughout D.C. businesses, and especially in D.C. tech. This is certainly a place that we have to get better as a city, and a company.
This is not a statistic that many companies report, but our CEO immigrated to the United States as an adolescent. It’s important for him to acknowledge and support others with that experience. A surprising 26% of our Tablers are immigrants, first generation Americans or non-citizens.
This is also an uncommon statistic, but it’s actually the diversity metric that may be the most telling of our work culture right now. Millennial’s (those born in 1980 or after) account for 91% of our company, and that has a lot of implications for our work culture and business. We have a lot of energy and intelligence, and in the past year we’ve started adding more experience, too.
I think a lot of these reports dance around the issues. Here is what most people want to know: We are 41% white male Tablers (2nd+ generation). That’s the number that is generally seen as homogeneous – the one we need to diversify. If we aren’t careful I guess it could be, but I see a great amount of diversity in that group, too:
It doesn’t take into account where they grew up, or where they went to school; nor their socio-economic backgrounds or religious affiliations; it doesn’t consider their sexual orientation or family structures…and on a lighter note…it definitely doesn’t display how many Steelers fans we have (not enough).
Diversity is important, and we are watching it early and must ensure that our biases aren’t accidentally limiting our growth, but these numbers are only part of the story.
We will continue to build a company that embraces diversity in gender, race, citizenship, age and more, with a goal that all of these talented individuals can make up ONE team of interesting and outrageous people, known together as Tablers.