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YouTube CEO talks diversity, computer science and charging Google's founders for rent

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on September 23, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Originally published on September 17 on CNET by Richard Nieva.

SAN FRANCISCO -- How do you get more women into the technology industry?

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has two answers.

In the short term, it must come straight from the leaders in Silicon Valley. The CEOs of tech companies must come up with programs and demand more diversity from recruiters, she said.

"They need to say, 'we need to do better,'" she said Thursday here during a panel at the Salesforce Dreamforce conference.

Longer term, she said computer science needs to be a requirement in schools. That way, the exposure and resources are available to everyone. (Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a requirement that all the city's public schools teach computer science to students.)

Silicon Valley has faced tough questions as the treatment of women and minorities in tech has become top of mind for the past several months. High-profile lawsuits and gender discrimination complaints have attracted additional scrutiny. But all this also speaks to how influential the sector has become, especially as it becomes a driving factor of the global economy and a model for employee benefits and health programs.

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