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According to a “Diversity in Tech” survey from Wiley, the educational publisher, 50% of workers said they left or wanted to leave a tech or IT job because the company culture made them feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. There’s also the McKinsey & Company study that showed companies in the top quartile of ethnic and cultural diversity data have a 33% likelihood of outperformance on EBIT margin compared to those in the fourth quartile. The question now becomes, how can the tech industry continue to improve diversity and inclusion, knowing it also impacts the bottom line?

At Dialexa, an IBM Company and leading U.S. digital product engineering services firm, the product approach is considered essential to ensure the strength of its products. Better products are created when you have a diverse group of people involved, exploring a broad landscape of ideas and experiences. Seeking diversity of background and experiences and establishing a culture that embraces listening intently, respecting all opinions, and focusing on solutions instead of agendas leads to more holistic outcomes.

Join Jonathan Williams, the Chicago Market Lead for Dialexa, an IBM Company, and Eric Lugo, Senior Advisor, City Colleges of Chicago & National Director, College Renaissance Corps, Campus Compact, on January 26 to discuss these issues and solutions for helping to solve the diversity issue in technology. While we won’t solve everything in one day, convening on this important topic will help drive progress.

The Executives’ Club of Chicago Coffee & Connect Series is an exclusive opportunity for members to speak candidly with other Chicago business leaders in an intimate and interactive format. This Coffee & Connect session will be held in person at the location provided above. We encourage members to come ready to interact with other members of the Exec Club and engage with the speaker in Q&A following the discussion.

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