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Senior Leader At Dropbox Under Scrutiny For Choosing 'To Prioritize Folks In Our BIPOC Communities' When Hiring

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are the buzzwords for many organizations. Companies across every industry are creating strategies and programs to ensure that current and future team members have a safe and equitable work environment. But, what happens when the majority thinks DEI initiatives hurt them?

May 12, 2022

Amazon's Simone Porter Says Tailoring Your Resume Is The Key To Landing The Job

Amazon employs 1.3 million people worldwide, 950,000 of which work in the U.S. That means one in every 153 American workers is an Amazon employee, Business Insider reports, and the tech giant also boasts a team of 1,200 recruiters. Simone Porter is a part of Amazon’s recruitment team. She focuses on attracting talent for non-tech roles. She’s been working for the company for roughly four and a half years in various roles, so she knows what it takes to land a job and climb the ladder. In case you missed it, Porter shared some of her recruiting and hiring tips at AfroTech Conference during her “Getting Hired Hacks: The Resume that Wins the Job” solo session. And it is safe to say, she took a deep dive into how to personalize your resume and make it stand out. “You can think of the resume as your 30 second, written elevator pitch,” Porter said in the AfroTech metaverse. “It’s the way that you are able to brand yourself in a short amount of time and describe who you are in a very clear,...

Nov 18, 2021

OneTen Launches Tech Platform To Create One Million Career Opportunities For Black Talent Over The Next Decade

Traditional hiring processes often overlook qualified prospective Black candidates for job opportunities. But with some help from OneTen’s new tech-based platform, the organization hopes to generate more career paths that will level the playing field for Black talent. Today, the coalition of leading CEOs and their organizations debuted a new talent platform that will jumpstart OneTen’s ambitious program to hire, upskill, reskill and promote one million Black individuals in their careers over the next 10 years. “OneTen has a deeply important mission: Identifying and cultivating Black talent who the traditional career development pipelines have left behind, training them, and positioning them for success in a career,” Obed Louissaint — Senior Vice President, Transformation and Culture, IBM — said in a statement. “We hope that by placing more Black individuals in these fields, we will not only create careers and support families, but also create meaningful change in the organizations...

Jun 29, 2021

Comcast Promotes Rasheedah Carr To VP Of Engineering For Its Houston Operations

Comcast has appointed Rasheedah Carr as its new vice president of engineering for its Houston operations, the company shared in a press release . Carr first joined Comcast Houston in 2017 as the company’s director of customer experience in Houston and most previously served as Comcast’s Colorado area vice president of technical operations before being promoted. In this role, she was responsible for 600 employees and served more than 1.2 million customers in Colorado. Carr is now back in Houston for her new position as vice president of engineering, where she will lead the implementation of engineering initiatives to promote more network reliability and foster fast paced growth, a press release states. “Rasheedah is a leader whose proven success for implementing operational efficiencies and developing people to enhance the customer experience will be an asset to the Houston Region,” said Ralph Martinez, regional senior vice president of Comcast Houston. “Her commitment and expertise...

Apr 8, 2021

Desiree Ralls-Morrison Has Been Named As McDonald's New General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

McDonald’s announced the appointment of Desiree Ralls-Morrison as its general counsel and corporate secretary, Ralls-Morrison most recently served as the general counsel and corporate secretary for the Boston Scientific Corporation for the past three years, and she previously served as general counsel of Johnson & Johnson’s consumer sector. Based at McDonald’s Chicago headquarters, Ralls-Morrison will oversee the company’s global legal operations and corporate governance. “McDonald’s role in communities is known throughout the world, and I am proud and humbled to be joining a company with such an immense impact,” Ralls-Morrison said in a statement. “The challenges are complex, but the opportunities are significant.” Ralls-Morrison’s work has always been rooted in helping communities thrive. She is a founding Member of The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund in Massachusetts and she previously served as a director for The Partnership, which helps boost minority...

Mar 30, 2021

Danielle Belton Prepares to leave the Root to Take Over As Editor and Chief of HuffPost

BuzzFeed has appointed Danielle Belton as the new editor in chief of HuffPost, The Daily Beast reports. Belton is currently the editor in chief of The Root and has been with the publication for nearly six years, but she is preparing to take the top editor spot at HuffPost on April 12. This key hire comes after BuzzFeed acquired HuffPost in November and laid off 70 of its newsroom staff members last month. Belton is taking over at HuffPost at such a pivotal time for the publication, which lost more than $20 million last year. BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti said in a memo that the mass layoff and company restructuring was necessary to ensure success. With Belton at the helm of HuffPost, BuzzFeed News Editor and Chief Mark Schoofs will be removed from day to day tasks in HuffPost’s newsroom. Richard Kim will continue to serve as HuffPost’s executive editor and report to Belton directly. “In a period where free quality news is more essential than ever, I’m confident Danielle...

Mar 25, 2021

Hallmarks Taps Former Cadillac Exec Alexis Kerr to Lead Its Mahogany Brand

Hallmark Cards has hired Alexis Kerr to lead its Mahogany Brand as it sets plans to transform the brand into more than just a card line. According to a press release , Kerr will lead the Hallmark Mahogany Brand as vice president. The 30-year-old brand focuses on creating greeting cards that celebrate Black culture. In her new role, Kerr will be responsible for expanding Hallmark’s Mahogany Brand to drive a new and improved consumer experience. “Alexis is a proven leader in multicultural brand development and we’re thrilled she’s joining us to lead the growth of Mahogany,” Hallmark CMO Lindsey Roy said in a statement. “We see a great deal of potential in the power of this brand as we work to create products and experiences for our diverse customer base.” Prior to joining Hallmark, Kerr worked at Cadillac in various roles for the past five years, most recently serving as the automotive company’s head of multicultural marketing. During her time there, she grew Cadillac’s multicultural...

Feb 9, 2021

adidas Boosts Donation to the Black Community After Facing Pressure From Employees

Companies can no longer get away with performative allyship, especially adidas. On Tuesday, following widespread uprisings sparked by the murder of George Floyd , the apparel giant pledged to donate $20 million to investment programs that support Black communities, among other measures, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, CNN reports . Internally, however, their gesture wasn’t enough. According to FN , last Friday (June 5) a group of 13 staffers at adidas North America formed a coalition to completely restructure the organization in support of its Black team members. Now, the 13-person coalition now represents over 200 employees. In a 32-page deck, titled “Our State of Emergency,” the document lists four major asks: invest in its Black employees, invest in the Black community, invest in the fight for racial justice and change for Black people, and demonstrate accountability. A source close to the situation reports that every Black employee in adidas’ corporate...

Jun 11, 2020