As we turn our attention to the September meeting and our discussion on the impact of Automation, Robotics and AI, here is a Fortune Magazine article that puts some of the challenges on the table. The title of the article is Confronting Bias in A.I.: raceAhead. Chief among these is that there have already been instances of bias creeping in the algorithms that drive these artificial intelligence drive expert systems. 

Here is a related video A.I.’s Hidden Biases Are Continuing to Bedevil Businesses. Can They Be Stopped?  

If you want to get a personal sense for how hiring algorithms are programmed into AI systems along with our human biases, play this 6 minute game. - The Survival of the Best Fit Game.  

Feel free to share anything on this and differences in business networks of the course of the next few weeks as we approach our meeting. Ideally this bit of pre-education will enrich our questions and idea-exchanges. 

All my best, 

Joe Santana

Update:  As our September meeting draws near, as promised I want to give you a bit more data around the good, the bad and the ugly relative to the impact of AI on D&I.  This link will take you to some recent findings:

The fall i4cp Chief Diversity Officer Board meeting will be held on September 18-19, 20 19 in Culver City, CA and is being hosted by Paul Martin of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Travel information is noted below and stay tuned for more details and agenda. Please don’t hesitate to contact Joe Santana or Marianne Menta with any questions. 


Meeting Times

Wednesday, September 18 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (pacific) followed by a group activity/dinner (more details to follow)

Thursday, September 19 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (pacific)

If you have not RSVPed via the Outlook meeting invitation, please do so asap.


Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the Sony Pictures Entertainment office in the Akio Morita building, room 4501/4502  ( 10202 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA). Enter the building from the Overland Avenue Gate, across from Palm Court Way – driving directions and a studio map links are below. Please make sure to bring a photo ID for building access.  

Driving Directions to Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment Lot Map



Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the suggested airport to fly into the Culver City area. It is approximately 7 miles from the hotel and Sony Pictures Entertainment offices.



The Culver Hotel ( 9400 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA, Phone: 1-310-558-9400)  is the recommended hotel in the area.  It is located a short ½ mile from Sony. For more information and to make a reservation:   Culver Hotel Reservations



Taxis and Uber are readily available at the airport. If you would like local car service information, please let me know. Transportation to the group dinner will be provided, if needed.



·       Dress is business/business casual for all meetings.

·       We can accommodate dietary restrictions/allergies. Please contact me with your information as soon as possible.



·           CDO Board Chair – Joe Santana

·           Meeting logistics - Marianne Menta

·           Sony Pictures Entertainment onsite contact – Joyce Liu-Countryman