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Social Good: Engaging Diverse Minds to Accelerate Future Technology

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Over 20,000 attendees are expected to attend this year’s Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Utah, and we seek to inspire more Utah girls to choose technology careers in their future.

Diversity in thought is crucial in coming up with unique solutions to business challenges, earnings success, and innovative thinking. Currently, the tech industry is 75% male, 70% white, and 20% Asian. The industry needs to better align with the American population. Diverse and inclusive teams enable us to be more creative, competitive, nimble, and innovative.

Comcast Utah collaborates with industry and community partners to introduce underrepresented populations to STEM careers. High school girls participating in STEM Action Center’s Girls Who Code (GWC) program will venture into the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit for the first time this year as Comcast guests. The girls will take a journey through a transformational technology expedition, learning from the world’s most sought after tech influencers. We hope this excursion propels these girls to explore educational opportunities in the STEM field.

The two-day Summit is a globally recognized event featuring renown tech speakers like Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith, Freshly Picked CEO Susan Petersen, and Weave CTO Clint Berry.

Comcast will be on hand showcasing our latest Comcast Business technologies, and connecting with other thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and community members. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions about social good, entrepreneurship, technology and artificial intelligence, and experience a variety of other entertainment, and networking opportunities.

“We’re committed to having the best thinkers, dreamers, and doers on our team. This means attracting, developing, and retaining brilliant minds from all backgrounds and giving them paths to grow and reinvent their careers.”

— Bryan Thomas, VP of Technical Operations

Through engagement with Silicon Slopes Summit, we are fostering close relationships with community partners in Utah to highlight our emerging leaders to the tech industry and future tech careers.

Comcast Utah partnered with Carbonite to support STEM Action Center’s Girls Who Code program. Comcast funds the program through a Comcast Foundation grant. Three hundred girls in 6 – 12th grade participate in 70 GWC clubs throughout Utah– from Logan to Salt Lake, through the Wasatch Front, to Uintah County, to Washington County. Girls complete 120+ hours of hands-on, instructor guided STEM curriculum and computer coding training.

At Comcast, we have an aspirational goal which is to have 50% women and 33% people of color at every level of our workforce. To achieve this goal, we’re investing even more into our diversity recruitment initiatives, leadership development programs, and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), in addition to many other efforts at all levels of our workforce. We believe it’s this commitment that makes Comcast NBCUniversal such an incredible place to work and a place where our employees can be who they are.

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