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FYI: Network

Summer 2017

How do you prevent unconscious prejudice about gender or race from stopping your company from hiring the best person for the job? Stephanie Lampkin’s Blendoor app—the winner of this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) award for “the best new way to connect and communicate with others”—keeps job seekers’ names and photos hidden so recruiters see only skills, education, and work experience.

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Now, Lampkin is going one step further to help tech companies diversify: BlendScore is a rating system that measures and scores companies on how well they recruit, pay, promote, and retain women and minorities. Lampkin says BlendScore will be for companies what the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is for buildings.

“Tech companies have been officially reporting their diversity data for almost three years now, and their data is almost identical to each other’s and has remained relatively unchanged,” says Lampkin. “My thesis is behavior change and prioritization will happen through data, transparency, and accountability.” More is at blendoor.com.

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