Ignite the Light for Diversity

Diverse by Design’s 3rd Annual Jeffersonian Dinner


Challenging the Skills-Gap

and the Diversity-Gap BY EXPLORING



Thursday, September 19, 2019

6:00p.m. - 9:00p.M.


The skills-gap facing America’s tech sector has inspired senior-level executives to re-think company hiring and retention strategies to strengthen the future workforce.  Long-term U.S. economic prosperity will require movement of large numbers of low-wage workers into higher quality jobs.

  • Women accounted for only about 25% of technical workers in 2016, while African Americans made up 8% and Hispanics just 7%: proportions much smaller than their actual representation in the U.S. population. 

  • Over the next seven years, employers will need many more new tech workers  -- 1.2 million, according to CompTIA.

  • The skills gap will leave behind 20 billion in annual revenue.

There are thousands of remarkable, creative minds from overlooked communities that remain untapped resources capable of driving the new collar workforce. Promoting diversity in tech is a uniquely powerful engine for fostering economic mobility and justice across the U.S. 

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please download our one-pager and contact: Amanda D'Annucci-Kean: Akean@perscholas.org. 


This fall, Per Scholas and ITSMF are hosting our third annual Jeffersonian-style dinner, convening senior technology executives in an intimate conversation addressing employer challenges and solutions for building a more diverse and inclusive tech workforce. The conversation elevates alternative hiring pipelines and retention strategies that focus on creative, local talent from overlooked communities representative of the future for America's tech workforce.

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