Salesforce hired a chief equality officer 4 years ago. Insiders are disappointed with the slow progress.


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Salesforce insiders say diversity progress has been slow

From Paayal Zaveri and Joe Williams:

When employees arrive at Salesforce’s imposing 61-story tower in San Francisco’s South of Market district, it’s not uncommon to be greeted by Tony Prophet. The 58-year old executive, impeccably-dressed, regularly works the lobby like a proud owner of a new home, eagerly introducing himself to some of the enterprise software giant’s roughly 54,000 workers. 

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Prophet is Salesforce’s Chief Equality Officer, and his passion and trademark pizzazz are visible in everything his group does, from sophisticated Twitter campaigns to high-wattage events with celebrity guests like Janelle Monáe and Mila Kunis. 

The prominent emphasis on diversity is in character with the company’s reputation as the tech industry’s moral compass for social justice and progressive ideals. 

But behind the high-profile diversity push is an inconvenient truth: Four years after Prophet was hired by Benioff to launch the new group, Salesforce’s employee diversity numbers have barely budged.

Read the full story here:

Four years ago, Salesforce hired a rock star executive to show the world how to fix workplace diversity. Insiders are disappointed with the slow progress.

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Former employees at Jones Day claim there is a ‘boys’ club’ culture

From Casey Sullivan and Jack Newsham:

Jones Day, the major law firm that made headlines this week 

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