When it comes to diversity in leadership and your workforce, the customers impacted by disruptive products, and your affiliated communities related to company’s success or personal network growth, it’s important to remember that people are the backbone. DisrupTV dug deep on the people behind the tech through some insightful interviews.

It’s time to Increase Diversity and Women in STEM

Julia Taylor Kennedy, EVP at Center for Talent Innovation, shared some of her findings from the “Wonder Women in STEM” study and discussed what we need to do to elevate women and diversify in these areas. In colleges, the numbers are good: 50% of college grands in STEM are women; 40% at graduate level. When looking in the workforce, however, only 30% are women.

How do we fix this gap? Is it equal pay? Engagement? Communities? Diversity in leadership? Some companies, like Salesforce, are doing a great job with building diversity for women and other minority groups. To make change and bring diversity in STEM and across other fields, it starts at the top by having executives in the C-Suite representing these groups and keeping diversity top of mind. It also comes down to purpose, pay, and having connection through communities and even to the customers they serve.

Building Trust Across Your Organization and Customers

Steve Murphy, Chief Executive Officer at Epicor, shared some of the top trends in manufacturing and the impact of cloud and other technologies facing customers today. By offering advice, knowledge and choices, customers will build the trust needed to do long-term business with you and also give them the confidence to move into new technologies needed to compete in today’s environment.

He also shared some fantastic advice as a veteran CEO and executive. As a leader and especially working directly with customers, product knowledge is essential. Set time in your week to study–really know what you are talking about when it comes to customers’ requirements and pain points. Get into the weeds, understand the ins and outs of the product, and provide value and support to customers.

How are We Impacted by Technology – Customers and Employees?

In our final segment, DisrupTV caught up with Holger Mueller, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research, to learn more about his latest research and get a quick grammar lesson on how to properly pronounce “Davos.” Be sure to check out the jam-packed interview on enterprise acceleration, next-gen apps, HR tech, and AI. Learn about the trends and what this means for your people – employees, partners, customers and community.

This is just a small glimpse at the great advice shared during the show. Please check out the full discussions in the video replay here or the podcast.

Tune in every week for DisrupTV, hosted by Vala Afshar and R “Ray” Wang, on Fridays 11 AM PT/2 PM ET. Build good karma by empowering people across your community.



DisrupTV Episode 136, Featuring Julia Taylor Kennedy, Steve Murphy, Holger Mueller from Constellation Research on Vimeo.