Inviting new people to make stories. How this VP is pushing Netflix to diversify
Netflix executive Vernā Myers shares how the streamer improved Black representation at the company and the efforts it is making to improve diversity on its shows and staff.
A review of senior leadership at the six major media companies shows that the top ranks remain overwhelmingly white.In your recent report, you talk about “spotting bias” in the interview process. Can you elaborate on that?There’s this very pesky bias issue called in group favoritism, which quite unconsciously, we just love ourselves. So when you are hiring, you constantly have to ask yourself, am I interested in this person because they’re like me, or am I actually applying criteria fairly and equally across the group of people that I am interviewing? So we start talking to people about also examining your team — Who’s missing? How do you add to the diversity in your team? And that can be on a lot of different dimensions. The other thing we’re doing is not looking in the same places, because if you look in the same places, you find the same people. The work for us is to look for excellence in places that we haven’t looked before.
The report also says that the company is not where it wants to be and needs to do better. Where do you want to be?Advertisement Read more: Los Angeles Times »
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