Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, is honoring his commitment to build a more diverse workplace. In addition to providing unconscious bias training to all employees, he recently hired a new VP of Inclusion and Diversity who is serious about creating a culture of diversity at Twitter. Dorsey sent out this tweet on June 27:
With this tweet, he welcomed Candi Castleberry Singleton, who has led diversity and inclusion efforts at Motorola, Xerox, Sun Microsystems, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Twitter, along with other Silicon Valley tech companies, has been highly criticized in the past for failing to prioritize diversity. In 2015, Twitter’s leadership team did not include a single person of color. In 2016, however, Twitter reached its goal of obtaining 6 percent or more of minorities in leadership positions.
Twitter’s changing leadership demographics, the new VP of Inclusion and Diversity, and implementation of mandatory unconscious bias training for all employees indicate that Twitter has truly prioritized diversity. During a recent interview, Dorsey explained that having a range of “backgrounds and contexts” improves Twitter’s understanding of its own platform and its customers—a message that should resonate with all organizations desiring to serve their customers at the highest level possible.