Diversity Report from Tilted RVA!
We asked Tiffany Jana from TMI Consulting to do an informal diversity report out on this year’s Tilted RVA event. Here’s her take:
So, here we are again, at the end of another Tilted season. You know what that means: diversity reporting time. So the illustrious “clickers” were not on the scene this year, so we have an old-school, analog analysis. By show of hands, the Tilted organizers arrived at the following demographic approximations:
- 2/3 of participants were new to Tilted
- 5 people did not have a business yet
- 6 people had been in business less than one year
- ~ 49% of participants have been in business 1-5 years
- ~ 49% of participants have been in business 5-10 years
- (We didn’t do a show of hands for gender, but women were very well represented, at least 50%)
- Sexual orientation and generation were not asked, but will be next year WITH clickers….again, we saw all ages in the room…and marital status as well!
- ~ 79% have businesses in the City of Richmond
- ~10% have businesses in Henrico
- ~ 9% have businesses in Chesterfield…..and for the big win….Tilted 2 tripled the visible diversity in the room in 2014!I had several people of color tell me they came because they were personally invited or because they saw that we wanted diversity when they read the promo. A great lesson for all of us: be explicit about your desire for diversity if you really want to be inclusive.Don’t get too excited though. Again, we did well in many areas of diversity. But the organizers of this event want to see an even stronger reflection of the regions in which we do business. So if you are coming next year, and even if you are not, please identify a minority owned business that might add value to our Unconference. Since women came out in force, please look to add more visible diversity…African-American, Asian-American, Middle Eastern, Muslim, foreign born…you name it! Let’s see how diverse we can be in 2015!Thanks again for attending and for making 2014 a success!