Decisions in Hiring

Theoretical neuroscientist and entrepreneur Vivienne Ming discusses her research on unlocking human potential, using big data to understand hiring biases, and her upcoming book The Tax on Being Different. Interviewed by Richard Socarides, GLG’s Head of Public Affairs.


“‘The Tax on Being Different’ comes from this very simple idea, which we systematically found across all jobs, that people were being undervalued. Put a male or female name at the top of an identical resume, and suddenly the male gets more job offers.”

“Interviews tell you nothing about who you should hire. And yet, it’s the fundamental core of how we hire people.”


About Vivienne Ming

Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist and Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Socos, a cutting-edge startup that applies cognitive modeling to create adaptive, personalized educational technology. Ming previously served as Chief Scientist at Gild, a recruitment startup that uses machine learning to help companies find top software developers. Ming sits on the boards of StartOut and Our Family Coalition and is a frequent speaker on LGBT inclusion issues and the role of gender in technology. Ming’s work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, Nature, O Magazine, Forbes, and The Atlantic. In 2013, Inc. magazine named her one of its “10 Women to Watch in Tech.” Ming has a PhD in psychology and theoretical neuroscience from Carnegie Mellon University and is a visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she is pursuing research in cognitive prosthesis.


Read more:

A scientist calculated the cost of not being a straight man, and she wants a tax cut, Quartz
How Evan Smith Became Vivienne Ming: An Incredible Story Of Self-Discovery, Huffington Post
Making a better person, TEDxBerkley