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Recording Academy's Valeisha Butterfield Jones Will Step Down To Re-Join Google For VP Role On Its Diversity Team

Recording Academy co-president Valeisha Butterfield Jones is moving on to a new role at her old home. Variety reports that she is set to leave The Academy to take on a new vice president role on the diversity team at Google, where she was previously its global head of inclusion. View this post on Instagram A post shared by V A L E I S H A. ™ (@valeisha)   Butterfield Jones will officially step down on Sept. 9. Her re-arrival at Google will be in October. “When I came to the Recording Academy over two years ago, I had a clear mission: to make the Recording Academy the most inclusive company in music, and the world,” Butterfield Jones said, according to the outlet. “Diversity, equity and inclusion aren’t just buzzwords and as an organization, we were committed to doing the work both publicly and privately, to drive real and meaningful change. It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to serve this bold, new Recording Academy, and my service to our mission will continue in...

Aug 15, 2022

Valeisha Butterfield Jones Has Been Elevated To Co-President Of The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy is making boss moves! In an all-new power move, the Recording Academy has named Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay as co-presidents. The announcement was made Tuesday (June 22) by CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. and will become effective on Aug. 16, 2021. “This new structure is recognition that further progress and building of the organization requires exceptional leaders with different strengths and areas of focus in order to drive innovation and accountability,” read the announcement. “With the aim of better serving Recording Academy members and the music industry at large, the team will work directly under Mason, whose title will shift to CEO.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by V A L E I S H A. (@valeisha) Butterfield Jones was named the first-ever chief diversity & inclusion officer of the Recording Academy just last year. Now, as the co-president, she will oversee the Recording Academy’s people and culture, membership, and awards, and...

Jun 23, 2021

11 Bossed Up Moms We Celebrate This Mother’s Day

Since forever, Black women have been working mothers. Although it’s no easy feat, these resilient moms—media moguls, dynamic businesswomen, brand influencers, politicians and the like—meet the challenge with grace and determination to balance both. In light of Mother’s Day on Sunday, scroll through these 11 bossed up ladies whose first and most important job is being their kids’ mom. Mellody Hobson Hobson is the co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, one of the largest Black-owned investment firms. While running the corporation, the award-winning, high-powered businesswoman spends her time promoting financial literacy, scholastic achievement, and investor education while raising her daughter, Everest, alongside her husband and “Star Wars” filmmaker, George Lucas. Marsha St. Hubert As one of the senior vice presidents of marketing at Atlantic Records, St. Hubert deserves all the praise. She was named one of Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music...

May 8, 2020

Valeisha Butterfield Jones Joins the Recording Academy as First-Ever Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that Valeisha Butterfield Jones will be the first-ever Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Butterfield Jones joins the executive team following her position as global head of inclusion at Google. According to , the award-winning business and tech leader will guide the team responsible for advancing the Academy’s diversity and inclusion initiatives through the organization. The new appointment comes on the heels of the controversial ousting of CEO Deborah Dugan, who was accused of misconduct from a female colleague. “We are thrilled to welcome Valeisha Butterfield Jones into the Recording Academy family,” Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. said. “Valeisha has been a force in driving systemic change and enhancing equal opportunities for underrepresented groups across entertainment, technology and politics. I’m excited to work with her to continue evolving the Recording Academy as an organization that...

Apr 30, 2020