Diversity, equity, and inclusion are pressing problems for corporations, and the COVID-19 crisis has brought these problems to the forefront. News articles abound discussing the economic impact of Covid-19 on women, with women more likely to be laid off, scale back their work, or leave the workforce entirely. The COVID-19 crisis has revealed, however, that many workplaces are capable of being more flexible with the help of technology. Athena member Ifeoma Ajunwa, Associate Professor at UNC School of Law and founding director of the AI Decision-Making Research Program, explores how corporations committed to diversity and inclusion can retain more women in the workplace. She will share best practices for doubling down on efforts to support women workers, including staggered workplaces, remote work options, shorter work days, and more.
Coco is founder and CEO of Athena Alliance. Prior to her current roles, Coco served as President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a market leader in IT Services serving hundreds of F1000 companies, including Apple, Cisco, ebay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank. Coco brings rich experience across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, COO, advisor, and Board member to Athena. She possesses a unique understanding of the breadth of challenges and opportunities of leadership. She empowers leaders to execute successfully, working with them to develop the relationship between a company’s strategy and its organizational design and environment. Coco’s expertise in developing and strengthening these important linkages makes her a powerful C-level advisor and Board member. In addition to serving on the Board of Taos from 2004 to 2014, Coco served as a Board Director for MentorNet during its rebranding, product transformation, and subsequent acquisition by Great Minds in STEM. Coco was on the finance committee supporting the Board of Directors of Samasource and established the Operating Committee for the Silicon Valley arm of Golden Seeds, a New York-based early-stage investment firm. She also currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Technology Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards honoring women in technology.
Dr. Ajunwa is a tenured law professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She is also the Founding Director of the Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making Research (AI-DR) Program at UNC Law. After serving as a selected Fellow in 2016-2017, she has been a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University since 2017. Dr. Ajunwa is a A 2020 recipient of the Junior Faculty Champion Award from Cornell University, a 2019 recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, and a 2018 recipient of the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Association of American Law Schools. Previously, she was an Assistant professor at Cornell University where she earned tenure in 2020. Dr. Ajunwa is currently a board member of Salesforce's Ethical Tech Advisory group. She has also served on several non-profit boards and is a Founding Board Member of the Labor Tech Research Network which is an international group of scholars committed to the research of the ethics of AI used for labor. Dr. Ajunwa’s research interests are on the ethical governance of workplace technologies and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Dr. Ajunwa’s forthcoming book, “The Quantified Worker,” which examines the role of technology in the workplace and its effects on management practices as moderated by labor and employment laws will be published by Cambridge University Press.
How COVID-19 Could Enable the Inclusion of Women
Tue, Mar 30 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hr)
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