How Airbnb’s Data Science Team Doubled The Ratio Of Female Employees Last Year

The data science team over at home-sharing platform Airbnb was able to increase the overall ratio of female employees on its team from 15 percent to 30 percent in 2015, with 47 percent of its new hires being women. That didn’t happen by accident. After scaling its team in terms of hyper-growth over five years, Airbnb’s data science team found that only 10 percent of the new hires were women. That’s when it became clear that the team was not being mindful of diversity, Airbnb Head of Data Science Riley Newman told TechCrunch.So, coming into 2015, Newman and Airbnb Data Science Manager Elena Grewal started thinking more about gender diversity in data science. It was just one dimension of many aspects of diversity Airbnb especially wanted to become more mindful about, Newman…


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