Five Questions with Kris Blackmon, CompTIA’s Advancing Diversity in Technology Leadership Award Winner

Implementing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives isn’t a one-time effort, it requires consistency, intention, and openness. Kris Blackmon, a passionate ally in driving DEI, understands the importance of lifting up underrepresented voices and breaking down systemic discrimination in order to build a safer space for diverse talent in the technology industry. 

The chief channel officer of JS Group and member of CompTIA’s Channel Development Advisory Council, Blackmon recently spoke with CompTIA to tell her story, including what is important to her and the role DEI plays in creating a company culture that is inclusive and invested in change. Here’s what she had to say: 

Why is Advancing Diversity in Technology important to you? 

“If you take a look at the audience of many tech events, odds are you’ll not see as much diversity as in other industries. According to the EEOC, almost 70% of people working in tech are white, and only 20% of tech executives are women. Yet we know that companies in the top quartile for gender-diverse executive suites were 15% more likely to generate above-average profitability compared to the bottom quartile of companies whose executive teams were predominantly white and male, according to McKinsey. Yet many diverse workers shy

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