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Ellen Pao launches advocacy group to improve diversity in the tech industry

Project Include will focus on providing information on making hiring more inclusive, improving retention and examining bias in the workplace.

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Ellen Pao, a former Silicon Valley venture capitalist, today announced the launch of Project Include, an advocacy group aimed at improving diversity in the technology industry. The group was started by Pao and fellow female engineers and executives, including members of Slack, Pinterest, and other Bay Area VC firms. The initiative will focus on providing startups and established tech companies with information on making hiring more inclusive, improving retention and examining bias in the workplace.

“Project Include started as dinner brainstorming sessions on how to make tech meaningfully more diverse,” Pao said in a statement. “Today we’ve joined forces to provide CEOs with comprehensive tools — frameworks, research, metrics and recommendations — for diversity and inclusion. And the early feedback we’ve heard repeatedly from CEOs is, ‘I wish I had had this earlier.’”

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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