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Maxine Williams: The Face of Facebook on Diversity

Maxine Williams (Courtesy of Facebook)
Maxine Williams (Courtesy of Facebook)

 

MENLO PARK, Calif. (USA Today) — Maxine Williams is very visible on the Facebook campus. And not just because she’s one of the few black people working here.

With its ambitions encircling the globe, diversity has become a top priority at the giant social network. As global head of diversity, Williams is the one charged with making Facebook’s workforce better reflect the demographics of its users.

Like most major high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, the giant social network is mostly staffed by white and Asian men. Yet Facebook users are predominantly women and span every race and ethnicity. Most of the more than 1.3 billion users are not even in North America.

That means Facebook must tap a variety of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds, Williams said in an interview.

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