What steps have you taken to increase diversity within your technical team?

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Senior Director, Head of Information Security Technology in Software, 10,001+ employees
Hire in various countries and build a multinational team with around the sun availability.
IT Executive in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
Our team is wonderfully diverse already, and we continue to look for the best talent no matter of race, religion, gender, etc. We find the diversity helps us with new ideas, processes and improvements. 
Secure Facilities Information Technology Manager in Manufacturing, Self-employed
Fortunately for my organization, we attract a very diverse group of qualified individuals. Coincidentally these high level candidates come from various backgrounds, that bring individual experiences with them that strengthen our team as a whole. 
Director in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees
This is a politically dangerous question.  I know of organizations who specifically wanted demografical diversity, hired for that instead of talent, and ran into issues. In my experience a far more important and effective strategy would be to hire for the best fit and talent but work very hard to ensure that no intentional or unintentional biases are preventing qualified diverse candidates from applying or being hired. As an example, we discovered that skilled technical females in Bangalore had a harder time finding jobs and we were able to tap a market of talent that other companies are ignoring. 
CIO in Consumer Goods, 11 - 50 employees
Built the team in multiple geographies and culture.
CIO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Factor this into all hiring decisions......
Director of IT in Transportation, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
We have intern programs for students from local colleges.
ISSO and Director of the IRU in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
Through the hiring process and then training.

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