Stephanie Lampkin is the Founder and CEO of Blendoor, a people and analytics software company that helps mitigate unconscious bias in hiring. The merit-based recruiting platform takes names and photos out of the early stages of job interviewing processes. When elements such as gender, race and age are removed, a candidate’s work history, skillset and education can shine through with no risk of bias.
Lampkin is deeply committed to EDI, and has also founded Visible Figures, the largest global network of venture-backed Black women founders and fund managers in the world, and is an Advisor at The Equity Alliance, which invests in diverse emerging venture capital fund managers. Her specialist skills and passion for EDI lay the foundation for Blendoor’s mission to diversify tech.
Lampkin studied Science and Engineering at Stanford and earned her
MBA at MIT. Her
impressive career in the tech industry spans over 15 years and during this time
she has founded two start-ups and worked in various technical roles at companies
including TripAdvisor, Deloitte and Microsoft. Her contributions to the tech
sector have not gone unrecognised and Lampkin has featured on MIT
Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 list and Fortune 40 Under 40, to
name a few.
As black woman
In a predominately white male industry, Lampkin has witnessed first-hand the bias faced and has spoken on the immeasurable barriers
to entry and biases faced by people of colour In gaining entry-level positions
at tech firms. This frustration inspired Lampkin to found Blendoor which since its
inception in 2015, has become an all-round inclusive hiring solution used by
some of the world’s largest firms, including Amazon. The software enables companies
to easily identify diversity gaps and tap into a diverse, anonymized database
Lampkin’s mission with Blendoor is ultimately to increase the diversity of tech companies and demonstrate how innovative and disruptive technologies can be built by those who fall outside the typical programmer archetype.
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