We are accustomed to individuals gathering across companies, across industries, or across geographies. Summits, conferences, interest groups, and technology have made it easier than ever for people to find community in their work and support others at the same time. But what happens when we collaborate at the organizational level? What happens when we choose corporate collaboration over corporate competition?
Over the past year, the Reboot Representation Tech Coalition has been answering these questions. In a 2018 report
conducted by Pivotal Ventures and McKinsey, 32 tech companies surveyed expressed a strong desire to reach underrepresented women of color. However, less than 0.1% of their 2017 philanthropic giving, amounting to a combined $335,000, focused specifically on reaching those women. The report catalyzed 15 tech companies to pool their philanthropic resources and intentionally invest in boosting the representation of Black, Latinx, and Native American women in computing fields. To date, the coalition has pledged over $16 million in service of this goal—that’s already 4,000% more than the McKinsey survey results from 2017