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#0403: Normalize diversity using tech

Gjest: Jenifer Clausell-Tormos

Founder & CEO of Develop Diverse

Med Vert Silvija Seres

In this episode of LØRN Silvija talks with Founder & CEO of Develop Diverse Jenifer Clausell-Tormos about how to start dealing with the problem of gender equality, and male-dominated fields that fail to attract females candidates. Jenifer is an AI-enthusiast and a research scientist with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Technology Development with 17 peer-reviewed articles. Her tremendous drive for normalizing diversity expanded her research, focusing on psycholinguistics and social stereotypes. This passion led her to found her startup and with over 10+ years of Technology Development experience, Jenifer has become an experienced public speaker on Diversity and Inclusion. She speaks five languages, having lived in four countries over the years.
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Who are you and how did you become interested in this technology?
I am Jenifer, the CEO & Founder of Develop Diverse. I am a research scientist and worked in tech for more than 10 years in academia and industry. The lack of women & minorities in tech and top management, and the inequalities I and others experienced in the workplace made me quit my job and use my skills in tech to build a software tool to accelerate the process of recruiting diverse people.

What are you doing at work?
I am in charge of fundraising, I am the business developer, I am the face of Develop Diverse (speaker, pitcher, interviews), and ensure every team member feels part of the team by empowering each single one and promoting inclusive culture.

What are the most important concepts in your technology (your sub-branch)?
Natural language processing and machine learning

Why is it exciting?
Because it is possible to recreate human behaviour with technology, specially, language. Language is very complex and unpredictable and NLP and ML is allowing us to pick up on patterns and follow the changes in language across time. 

What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
The most interesting controversies we faced are while pitching.. it seems that pitching gender inequalities is political. 

Your own favourite projects?
Developing our tool for every single employee to enable companies to build an inclusive culture through inclusive internal communication - emails & chats. 

Your other favourite examples, internationally and nationally?
Carboculture - they are Norwegian and now based in SF. Carbo Culture’s unique intervention addresses two global problems: CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, and soil depletion. By making high purity biochar from biomass waste (with a novel thermochemical conversion process), which stabilises nutrients and holds water.

How do you usually explain what you do, in simplest terms?
We built a spell checker for biased language that anybody can use when writing texts to ensure not using unconscious discriminatory wording.

Why Katapult?
Because is an impact-driven accelerator

Recommended reading / viewing?
"What works: Gender equality by design" by Iris Bohnet

A favourite quote?
Benjamin Franklin: “If everyone’s thinking alike then NO ONE is thinking”


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This is what you will learn:

Bias communication Natural language processing Machine learning Diversity Gender equality
Language has strong power, it can affect a person to feel a part of a group or a company, but it can also make a person feel not a part of a group or a part of a company, she explains in the episode.ong power, it can affect a person to feel a part of a group or a company, but it can also make a person feel not a part of a group or a part of a company.

- Jenifer Clausell-Tormos

This is Develop Diverse

Develop Diverse consists a team of enthusiastic and creative language and sociology specialists, as well as skilled programmers who have created a solid framework to filter out stereotypic language, to make sure your real message does not get buried under unfortunately chosen words. The company has developed an AI-powered solution to help companies retain and attract brilliant, diverse talent.