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13 Aug 2015

Elizabeth Weise, USA Today

USA: Intel doubles its hiring of women & under-represented minorities in first half of 2015

"Intel's diversity hiring doubles in six months", 12 Aug 2015

...Intel doubled the number of women and under-represented minorities it hired in the United States over the past six months [to 43% of new hires], after its CEO announced a plan to reach full representation of those groups by 2020.  Intel on Wednesday published its first mid-year diversity report...

The lack of women, African Americans and Hispanics in tech has been an issue of growing concern... Many big tech companies have instituted programs to diversify...but progress has been modest...

Even with increased diversity in hiring, the overall make-up of the workforce remained largely the same...

The fact that the overall percentage of Hispanic and Native American staffers stayed steady shows Intel's honesty in releasing its numbers quickly even when they weren't totally in line with what the company was looking to achieve, said Laura Weidman Powers. She is co-founder of Code 2040, a non-profit that finds top Hispanic and African-American engineers and gets them internships with tech companies.