Last year, the Wall Street Journal wrote an article advising executives on how to foster innovation within their companies. They found that the best ideas weren’t discovered during late nights at the grind stone, but instead through empowering employees and finding the right diversity of talent.
I firmly believe in the importance of diversity of talent—not just in diversity in skill set, but also in diversity in culture, education and ideas. At Neustar, our business relies on our people. We lean on the talent that comes to work every day to help us stay on the cutting edge of technology and data science.
But do you tap into the technology talent pool? Where can you find the best and the brightest in computer science?
I’m thrilled to announce that this week, I’ll be traveling with a recruiting team and several representatives from our technical team to Portland, Oregon to attend the 11th Annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) conference. The conference, hosted by the Anita Borg Institute is the world’s largest gathering of technical women in industry, academia, and government.
I’ve been involved with promoting women in technology since my days at IBM. Several years ago I joined the board of the Anita Borg Institute in order to further the mission of improving the recruiting, retention, and development of women technologists. Diversity among our team members is a business issue. It has been shown that more diverse teams make better decisions.
As we look forward, access to talent will be one of the keys to our success. Fundamentally, we are not yesterday’s Neustar. We need innovative minds to help us enrich our current product offerings and develop new solutions to solve the challenges our customers face. I like to say that at Neustar, we are a “small big company” with the best of both worlds—we’re agile and nimble like a small company, yet financially sound with available resources like a big company. This allows us to innovate and take risks. We can invest in Research and Development and yet operate with small enough teams to quickly prototype and test new ideas.
Our association with both the Anita Borg Institute and the Grace Hopper Celebration allows us not only unfettered access to great female computer scientists and technologists in the world, but also a chance to help younger women become interested in technology, engineering and math.
We look forward to seeing you there. If you’re planning to be in Portland, stop by and see us in booth #510.