The latest Google Diversity report is out. The baseline is this - female, black and latino numbers still struggling, both in the overall workforce and in management ranks.
But Asians? Doing just fine, thank you very much.
For context, I thought I'd start with how the overall numbers match up from 2014 to 2018 (email subscribers, click through to site for charts, you'll want to see these):
Here's the 2014 chart:
Here's the 2018 chart:
The downside - little progress overall in black, latino and women representation at the company.
But the upside - and if you're going to knock them for the downside you have to note this - is that Google is significantly less white than it was 4 years ago.
It just so happens that Asians took the majority of those gains. So while work still needs to happen in the aforementioned classes, I'm always a little shocked that companies like Google don't get more props for their workforce representation of Asians.
If I react to anything in those numbers, it's this. Daaaaaaaamn - Asians are kicking some ass. For real. If careers at Google are what you want for your kids, we probably need to take a look at the various nationalities that comprise the Asian category (a very broad catagory that includes Indian Continent as well as Pacific Rim) and figure out what they are doing right - even in American schools - to prep their kids for this type of work. My kids are smart and actually decent at Math and Science, in advanced classes, but there's a couple of Asian kids that are the Michael Jordan and Larry Bird (threw in a white guy for balance - did you catch that?) of math at their school.
My kid was on the college bowl team for the stuff that didn't involve Math. When a math question came up, all the other kids took their hand off the buzzer and just looked at the Asian kid I'll call "MJ" - as to say, "you've got this one MJ - we'll be over here reading TMZ if you need us to sharpen your pencil."
MJ's going to work at Google. His family doesn't need Google to do anything to get him there.
I'm looking at the Google diversity numbers and resisting the urge to wag the finger. Keep on crushing product and eroding overall privacy, G-town. I'll give you a golf clap for the good faith efforts to build more diverse math and science pipeline, but then give a knowing nod to the people who are really crushing it in those numbers - the many nationalities that comprise the fictional, yet powerful, EEO category of "Asian".