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Hugo to Announce 2019 Gender Equity in Tech Study Results at Diversity Panel at Atlassian HQ

May 7, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2019--Hugo, a San Francisco-based productivity software company, today announced the results of Developing a Foundational Approach to Gender Equity in Tech, a study tracking the impact collaboration software has on gender equity in the technology industry. Hugo will present the study results during a panel hosted at Atlassian’s San Francisco headquarters on May 8.

“With this study, we set out to understand gender equity in tech through the lens of collaboration tools and have found that workflow technology plays a pivotal role in fostering inclusion,” said Josh Lowy, CEO of Hugo. “The study revealed that through the integration of workflow tools, companies can build strong internal structures, cultivate transparency, build trust across their organization and enable greater contribution from diverse perspectives.”

In collaboration with Advancing Women in Product ( AWIP ), Hugo worked to gather and analyze data gleaned from the experiences of 580 professionals across the United States. The resultant survey report, published in partnership with Atlassian, BlueJeans, and Freshworks, uncovers the challenges of diverse perspectives in the technology industry, and identifies actionable recommendations for cultivating balanced teams in technology fields.

“Over the last few years, the tech industry hasn’t made significant progress in building more equitable organizations or cultures where everyone--no matter their background--feels like they can belong,” said Aubrey Blanche, Global Head of Diversity & Belonging at Atlassian. “Company-level initiatives can unintentionally exclude the most marginalized, and often leave front-line team members unsure of their role in creating change. This new report offers a new perspective on how to use modern collaboration tools to build more fair and inclusive cultures by highlighting ways to improve how all people are heard and valued on their teams.”

Key findings of the Developing a Foundational Approach to Gender Equity in Tech study include:

  • While 55 percent of women felt the most heard in meetings, 25 percent of women felt that their voices were sometimes subdued, always subdued, or that they had no voice at all in meetings
  • 20 percent of all respondents that identified as Asian, Black or African American, Latinx, or Mixed Race felt that their voices were actively subdued in meetings
  • Only 10 percent of men reported that their voices were sometimes subdued
  • Overall, 26 percent of respondents said that gender differences exist in their work environment, with 57 percent more women and non-binary genders agreeing with this statement than men
  • 4.46 percent of males said their workplace is bad because gender differences are prevalent or everywhere, while 13.58 percent of women said the same

The panel at Atlassian headquarters will be moderated by Alexa Dennett, Head of Marketing and Communications, Wing at Google’s Moonshot Factory and panelists include Elizabeth Kinsey, Developer Marketing Manager at Slack; Delyn Simons, Director of Product Marketing, Platform at Shopify and Aubrey Blanche, Global Head of Diversity & Belonging at Atlassian.

For more information and to download the full report, please visit: http://www.genderequity.team

About Hugo

San Francisco-based Hugo builds connected meeting notes software, which means meeting notes are connected with the people and tools in your organization. Hugo achieves this through 20 integrations with work apps, including your calendar. You can easily pull up meeting notes by searching by contact, organization, date, and what was in the note. You can collaborate on agendas and notes in real-time, @mention teammates and create tasks in your project management tool. Hugo then shares meeting insights in Slack and syncs to your CRM — all from within your meeting notes.

With Hugo, collaboration becomes easy, and the team knows what’s happening whether or not they were in the room. For more information, please visit www.hugo.team.

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