Pinterest Appoints First Head Of Diversity

As I posted on December 30th, The New York Times reported that Twitter had replaced its vice president for diversity and inclusion in “the latest move by a big technology company to counter the perception that, despite its claims of an egalitarian culture, the industry’s collective track record in encouraging a diverse employee base is no better than that of other industries, and perhaps worse.”

People, Person, Man, Male, Crowd, Faces

In a follow up NYT blog post, Mike Isaac has written that “Like much of corporate America, Silicon Valley has long had a workplace diversity problem. That is leading to the emergence of a new job title: chief diversity officer.”

“Pinterest announced its first head of diversity, Candice Morgan, and said it will launch two initiatives to introduce more engineers from underrepresented backgrounds into the field of technology.”

Isaac noted “progress has been slow,” and that in 2014 Google published data which reflected “the lack of ethnic diversity in employee backgrounds at some of the world’s most powerful technology companies. While many of the companies have pointed out the money and resources they have devoted to spurring more ethnic diversity, data suggests it has not changed much so far.”

 

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