SkillWorks Partners to Increase Diversity in Tech


On November 18, 2017, the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) announced the launch of Hack.Diversity, a public-private partnership designed to tackle the underrepresentation of black and latino employees in Boston’s innovation economy. SkillWorks is a proud supporter of Hack.Diversity in partnership with the Boston Foundation, with an initial investment of $50,000 and the establishment of the Hack.Diversity Fund.

Hack.Diversity connects hiring managers from participating companies, including Carbonite, DataXu, HubSpot, and Vertex, to the career centers of urban postsecondary institutions with the intent of hiring minority talent to paid internships that turn into full-time jobs. Bunker Hill Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Massachusetts Boston are the first schools that will participate.

A unique internship-to-employment pipeline, Hack.Diversity is a program focused on recruiting the talented students at urban colleges and universities who are typically overlooked by technology recruiters or find it hard to receive high-quality professional mentorship and coaching. Hack.Diversity aims to increase diversity in the innovation economy by 100% in the next five years, increase the number of participants in the initiative each year, and provide unparalleled training, coaching, and mentoring for both employer and employee throughout the experience.

The project is supported by NEVCA, the Boston Foundation, SkillWorks, Year Up, the Boston PIC, the Tech Connection, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, all of which will help organize the program or provide training resources to students and companies.

hackdiversityThe Hack.Diversity Fund at the Boston Foundation was established in 2017 as a mechanism to fund this critical effort to address one of the region’s most glaring workforce inefficiencies, bringing together underrepresented sources of talent with the region’s hottest, fastest growing companies in tech and healthcare.

To support Hack.Diversity by check, please make your contribution out to “The Boston Foundation” with “Hack.Diversity Fund” in the memo line. You can mail your contribution to:

The Boston Foundation
c/o Hack.Diversity Fund
75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Or, click here to donate online

Join the conversation: #GrtrBosTech

Read more about Hack.Diversity in the following articles:

Tech firms have a lot to do to fix diversity – Boston Globe, Novmeber 18, 2016

Creating diversity in the innovation economy – Boston Globe Op Ed, November 18, 2016

Hubspot, Vertex and others involved in new diversity recruiting effort – Boston Business Journal, November 18, 2016

Initiative aims to increase diversity in Boston’s innovation economy – WBUR, November 18, 2016

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Second Greater Boston IT/Tech Forum: IT Talent Strategies at Work

Connecting Industry to Talent in the Digital Age: A Look at the Greater Boston IT/Tech Industry

Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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