Stephanie Lampkin – Chipping Away At the Lack of Diversity in Silicon Valley

Recently, Stephanie Lampkin was highlighted as one of 35 Innovators Under 35 in the MIT Technology Review.  Rather than allowing obstacles to stop the 31-year-old, she created a way around them.

When Stephanie Lampkin applied for an analytics job at a major tech company, she was offered a position in sales instead. To her, this was evidence of bias; she had a degree in management science and engineering from Stanford and had held other engineering positions. Whether or not her race or gender played a role (she is African-American), there’s evidence that recruiters often make initial judgments that have little to do with qualifications. A 2014 study concluded that a foreign-sounding name on a résumé could hurt the applicant’s chances of even getting an interview.

So Lampkin declined the sales job and sat down to code Blendoor, a job-search platform that hides the candidates’ names and photos during the initial stages of the process. MIT Technology Review

Today, Blendoor has over 5,000 users and is growing.  Intel, Microsoft, and Google are among the many recruiters finding applicants through this platform.

Lampkin hopes Blendoor chips away at the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley. – MIT Technology Review

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