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Stephanie Lampkin      

CEO & Founder of Blendoor

At the young age of 13, Stephanie Lampkin learned to code. By the time she was 15, she was fluent in computer programming. Graduating from Stanford University with an engineering degree and from MIT with an MBA, she remembers still being told her background wasn’t “technical enough” when applying for a position at a well-known tech firm in Silicon Valley.

Luckily for Stephanie, she ended up landing a position at Microsoft, where she would spend five years working in a technical position. But Stephanie continued to wonder if her earlier job denial could have had something to with the fact that she is a Black woman.

With this doubt looming in the back of her mind, Lampkin decided to create a job matching tool that is aimed at removing the race and gender factor from the tech sector job hunt.

The app is called “Blendoor.” It allows people searching for employment in the tech sector, to upload their resumes and then hides their name and photo from potential employers. Lampkin says the idea is to avoid bias by removing gender and ethnicity from the equation.

During her research, Lampkin found that, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study, a “white sounding” name can return as many job callbacks as an additional eight years of experience for someone with an “African-American sounding” name.

Speech Topics


Hacking Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias and Imposter Syndrome

Talent is evenly distributed, Opportunity is Not

Tech Tools Tackling Unconscious Bias

How Technology Can Help Us Be Less Human

Counteracting Compounding Inequity in Tech with Tech

The Future of Workforce Talent

Mitigating Unconscious Bias with AI

How did we get here? (evolution of bias in technology industry)

News


Stephanie Lampkin Launches Blendoor to Diversify Tech

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Geek Girl Rising

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Diversity's more than gender

But there's still more to be done to encourage full representation and parity in these areas. Just this month, Forbes profiled Stephanie Lampkin, a black female Stanford grad with an MBA from MIT who learned to code at 13 and was a full-stack Web developer at 15. But after grinding through eight rounds of interviews at an unnamed Silicon Valley IT company, was told she was "not technical enough" for the role.

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