Randi Zuckerberg is a New York Times bestselling author; the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media; host of “Dot Complicated” on SiriusXM, and Editor-in- Chief of DotComplicated.co, an online community helping us navigate and “untangle” our wired, wonderful lives. Randi also served as mentor on Oxygen’s show “Quit Your Day Job,” as well as executive producer of “Dot.,” based on Randi’s recent children’s book, which premiered on CBC and Sprout Fall 2016.
Randi appears regularly on NBC the TODAY show and CNBC, and has also been seen on CNN, Good Morning America, Fox Business, Bloomberg News, and ABC’s World News. She is a Tony Voter and was also a correspondent for the 2016 Tony Awards and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Randi was recently appointed as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and is part of the Tech Committee for the American Theatre Wing.
How has your life experience made you the leader you are today?
Being the only woman in the room for so many years in Silicon Valley opened my eyes to issues around diversity, gender equality, and the value of bringing different viewpoints to the table. Now in my own business, being a champion for gender and ethnic diversity is hugely important to me and impacts everything from how I hire to who we partner with.
How has your previous employment experience aided your decision to launch Zuckerberg Media and get involved in promoting tech education?
There is a huge tech skills gap in this country. It boggled my mind how we could be having so many conversations around unemployment in this country…meanwhile, tech companies are sitting with hundreds of THOUSANDS of open jobs that they can’t fill quickly enough because applicants don’t have the right skills. There is no reason for one industry to have so many open jobs when there are so many educated, ambitious, people who could easily fill these jobs, given the right training.
That’s why promoting tech skills and education is at the heart of everything we do at Zuckerberg Media, whether we’re speaking to adults, preschoolers, or everyone in between! Because of my passion for this cause, I also recently collaborated with DeVry University to help generate more awareness around the tech skills gap at the higher ed level and start a conversation to come up with solutions.
Read the full article written by Laura Emily Dunn at Huffington Post.