Add to that the existing diversity problem within the tech industry, and the pool becomes even smaller.STEM as a field is overwhelmingly white (68 percent) and male (73 percent), and as of 2011, blacks accounted for , a social community that meets monthly to network and unwind.
' In this tech space, there are people like us generally, but there's also the warmth of the South that is generally absent from Seattle." Bearfield describes the phenomenon commonly known as the "Seattle freeze," the notion that Seattleites are generally distant, cold to newcomers, and stay in their established cliques.
After hearing a woman describe her experience at a recent HERE meetup, Bearfield was encouraged that the group may be thawing that mentality.
"There was a young lady who is in the biotech industry, and she's relatively new to the area," Bearfield recounts.
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