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There Aren’t Enough Women and Minorities at Conferences

The Daily Idea | January 24, 2014

The World Economic Forum hosted its annual meeting in Davos this week. The gathering attracts business leaders from across the globe. But if you were to look at the list of speakers, you’d notice that fewer than 18% are women, and even fewer are people of color. Sadly, this is par for the course at most conferences, because organizers tend to look to the same stable of “experts” that are regulars on the speaking circuit. This limited approach is why white men tend to be overrepresented on panels, and why fresh perspectives can be hard to come by.

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