The CES 2018 will be a different affair from what took place last year. There was intense criticism from the public in what it perceived to be a male-oriented bias in the panels of the CES. A former Keynote Panel had at least one prominent female executive on it. Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the group which organize CES, responded to speaker diversity backlash in an official blog post.
CTA said that "our staff is two-thirds female, we win awards for being a family friendly place to work, and fun fact: the CES executive team is run entirely by women.
"We champion diversity of all types – gender, ethnicity, thought and beyond – and our show reflects that value.
"We’re proud of our record in welcoming a diversity of speakers to the CES keynote stage including General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer.
"In the last eleven years, we’ve had 21 keynote spots held by women. But, the keynote stage is just one CES platform. We had roughly 275 female speakers (including two all-female panels) this past January and expect similar numbers for CES 2018."
The currently planned CES 2018 keynote panel contains Nancy Dubuc not to mention David Zaslav. Also Aryeh Bourkoff and other panelists will fill in those slots which are empty for now. The CEO and Chairman, Michael Kassan will be moderating the panel for January of next year.
It has all been in the pipeline since a while. Among some of the previous participants in the Keynote Panel were: Facebook VP Carolyn Everson, McDonald’s USA Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl and JP Morgan Chase CMO Christen Lemkau.
The keynote lecturers ought to be major heads of businesses or conglomerates. The CEO admitted that it was a sad fact that the high tech industry lacked in the department of talented females. Someone said that including only white males was the worst form of exclusion that could be practised.
One of the groups dismissed the CEO’s claim that he could not help it since the overall number of females were too few. Such is hardly the case, said the group which advocates diversity and fairplay in society.
It reprimanded the show’s heads for overlooking the fact that they were the movers and shakers of the country. What sort of example were they setting for those who looked up to them if they prevented females from entering the field.
At least proportionate representation ought to be practiced. While many females were there at last year’s show, the keynote panel had mainly males in it. It is hoped that such will not be the case at the CES 2018.
CES 2018 will run through January 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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