We want our company to reflect our service, and we’re continuing our journey to bring inclusion and diversity to how we work and who we are. We are making steady progress while we learn the right approach for Twitter.
In our Annual Inclusion & Diversity report published in March, we committed to greater transparency around our work, and more frequent updates. We wanted to show work in progress so we shifted our annual cadence of reporting to quarterly. This is our first quarterly Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) report which we presented to our Board on May 30, 2019. Instead of creating a different report to publish publicly, we are sharing with you what we shared with them.
This report is broken down across six key areas: data, accountability, hiring, training, product and partnerships, and Tweeps. Included within each are areas we progressed, areas we are falling short, what we’ve learned, and where we’ll focus.
Our goal is to do our work at Twitter out in the open and this is a step toward that vision. Through increased openness, we believe we can learn together, discuss together, and make greater strides together.
We’re on track to meet our targets for women and black employees. For Latinx, we’re behind and are prioritizing Latinx hiring, inclusion, and retention efforts.
[Gender data is global, 99.1% of Tweeps have self-identified. Race and ethnicity data is US only, of which 80.8% of Tweeps self-identified.]
We’ve seen increases across women, black, and Latinx leadership representation.
Women representation in technical roles increased slightly, while black and Latinx remained steady.
We anticipate a spike in the hiring of technical roles in Q3. This will unlock a significant opportunity to increase women, black, and Latinx representation.
Hiring is a critical indicator of future trends. New hire results below are expressed as a percentage of total new hires in May 2019.
Attrition data informs where we prioritize our retention efforts. The data here is shown as a percentage of total company attrition. For example, 38.7% of total attrition were women.
Here are the broader race and ethnicity breakdowns for the US.
New diversity dashboards
In March of this year, we launched a new internal dashboard that gives all Tweeps access to org-level demographic data (gender, race, leadership, and tech representation stats) at the management level. All data is based on voluntary self-ID.
There are drop-downs to view gender and race/ethnicity data at the Twitter level, and also at the team level (Engineering, Product, Marketing, Legal, etc).
By hovering over any of the columns, leadership and tech vs. non-tech representation is provided. For instance, a Tweep can select a leader’s name in the drop-down, select race/ethnicity, and hover over the column on the right to learn how many black employees are within that leader’s team.
In Q1 we finished an analysis of pay after our comp planning cycle. We found that all of our people are paid equitably across genders, races, and ethnicities.
Our analysis compared pay across all US-based employees, as well as pay for employees in our global offices, and included base salary, incentive compensation (where applicable), performance bonus, and equity compensation. We looked at the data across gender (globally) and race/ethnicity (US only) based on employee self-ID.
Recently, the People team began a review of our promotion data. We are currently analyzing the results and once complete we plan on sharing our findings in Q3. We will prioritize any next steps that might be needed to ensure equity.
Our data: what we learned
After analyzing our data and gathering feedback from Tweeps and people on Twitter, we identified three key issues to address:
Our data: what we’re doing about it
New Leadership team goals and targets
While we have company-level diversity targets, we are now committing to individual Leadership (“Staff”) level goals.
In Q3, we will set targets for women, black, and Latinx for each executive team leader and their orgs. We believe this direct accountability will help drive progress in mindset and outcomes. We will also be refreshing the org-specific A.I.R. plans (attract, include, retain) to be customized to each team’s new targets for Women, Black, and Latinx populations. These are to be completed in Q3.
New company performance goals for 2020 and beyond
Also in the latter half of 2019, we will review how we reward our leaders that make I&D a priority within their own teams.
Diversifying supplier base
We will also be incorporating accountability into how we drive towards a more diverse set of suppliers.
In April, we hired our first Supplier Inclusion & Diversity Manager within the Finance team, Kristen Hickey.
A first area of focus is women-owned businesses, and we will look to intersect with other certified diverse businesses. We recently joined the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the US and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.
In the latter half of 2019, the Supplier I&D team will be incorporating supplier inclusion efforts into how we buy at Twitter. We expect to define longer term objectives and key results in Q3.
The recruiting team has been partnering with I&D and the business on ways to generate a more diverse pipeline, while still keeping a focus on the foundational systems and process work that needs to get addressed. We are installing new tools and systems that will allow us to build and track talent pipelines and referrals more effectively and providing improved candidate experiences. We also expect our decentralization work will support diversity hiring efforts over time, particularly by opening up candidate pools in locations with a more diverse population.
We have recently hired a new head of eng recruiting with a strong background in technical and diversity recruiting and we are recruiting for a Director of Diversity Recruiting to drive efforts across all parts of the recruitment org. Efforts currently underway include internal batch hiring days, fast follow up on candidates from Industry/BRG events and sourcing/referral jams, pilot hiring efforts for nontraditional hires (e.g., Associate SWE program), and competitive/SWAT efforts on opportunistic hires (e.g., diverse candidates, mass layoffs in a skillset, etc.).
This year, we will also provide more training for hiring managers and recruiters on effective diversity sourcing and eliminating bias from the process. We are also partnering closely with the People Analytics team to arrive at ways to measure diversity within our funnels. This will allow us to understand where drop-off is occurring and identify where we need to make improvements.
We are also moving toward implementing policies that would require hiring managers to be presented with a diverse slate of candidates for certain roles moving forward. We expect to land on any changes in Q3 and will share those details in a future report.
Our goal is to ensure our company reflects our service by building the processes, training, and tools that underpin a healthy workplace and help Tweeps grow:
Upcoming new programs include:
Product and Partnerships
Inclusion and diversity must be reflected in the products we build, and the partnerships we forge:
Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency, and Accountability (META)
Earlier this year we created the META (Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency, and Accountability) team. Their focus includes:
META is supported by our academic partners Professor Moritz Hardt and Professor Ben Recht (who have been retained as part-time consultants) and was funded as a strategic investment by Engineering.
Last year, several Tweeps formed a group called Accessibility Shepherds to help drive awareness of accessibility issues faced by those that use Twitter, as well as those that work at Twitter.
In recent months, the Accessibility Shepherds have taught internal classes and engaged with product teams to raise awareness and answer questions on the topic of accessibility. Our Engineering and Product teams have been working on improvements for client accessibility (iOS, Android, web).
In 2019, the Accessibility Shepherds will be formalizing as a Business Resource Group (BRG), developing training materials for our engineering teams, and also exploring early conversations around product enhancements that benefit this space.
In March, Candi Castleberry Singleton took on the new role of overseeing our Diversity Partnership Strategy & Engagement. The Diversity Partnership Strategy (DPS) is focused on building trust, advancing inclusivity in our industry, and diverse communities. Introductory meetings with partners have been underway.
Tweeps play a critical and active role in building an inclusive and diverse Twitter. Here are some Q1 highlights.
Throughout March, April, and May our leaders have been connecting with local Tweeps and their communities on the #TweepTour. So far they have visited Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Detroit, Toronto, Chicago, LA, Seattle, Boulder, Mexico, Sao Paulo, and Cambridge, with many more stops planned in June.
The tour has been well received and a source of great learning and insights for our leaders with common themes emerging, including questions around decentralization, how we can build greater global mindset, and key insights on culture.
Business Resource Groups
In February, @Blackbirds executed an end-to-end plan for Black History Month which included hosting fireside chats with black leaders and creatives, welcoming guest chefs specializing in the flavors and traditions of African Diaspora, and celebrating black women throughout history via the #WallForACause event with NY-based artist Keebs. In London, Blackbirds partnered with Black Girls Book Club on a #DopeDiscussion chat and also hosted a screening with The Mother Drum about their diaspora film series.
@TwitterWomen hosted 60+ events across 23 offices during the month of March in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8) and Women’s History Month (March in the US). Highlights included a #SheInspiresMe wall in all offices and a VIT visit from @ChelseaClinton. On our platform, there were 11.9M Tweets with the hashtag #SheInspiresMe, which activated the women’s symbol emoji with translations in 19 languages.
@TwitterALAS recently participated in the #TweepTour in Mexico and Brazil where there is much excitement in activating events and experiences in both countries. ALAS also hosted a three-day immersive tech experience for young women (in partnership with MindGirl by Mindot) and inked a deal to partner with Recruiting & Women of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America).
In 2019, @TwitterAsians is focused on going global. Growing beyond the community which began in our North American offices, we are extremely proud to now have @TwitterAsians Leads in 12 offices worldwide including Singapore, Tokyo, Manila, Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai. Q1 kicked off with 15+ Lunar New Year celebrations and a march in the Chinese New Year Parade.
@TwitterOpen co-hosted two intersectional events. The first was a Lunch & Learn co-hosted by @TwitterParents with Dr. Guy Ringler, who spoke of fertility, surrogacy and other family-building options for the LGBTQ community. The second event was a fireside chat co-hosted by @TwitterAsians with California State Assemblymember Evan Low, who made history by being the youngest openly LGBT mayor in the United States at the age of 26. The team is gearing up for an amazing Pride Month this June, complete with events and experiences across our global offices.
@TwitterStripes participated in a number of intersections events with other BRGs including Blackbirds and Twitter Women during their affinity months. Additionally, Stripes worked closely with Twitter For Good to host various events for veterans and tech industry partners.
BRG action plans
We asked our BRGs to prioritize the problems they are facing at Twitter. We are underway with follow-up sessions and aligning on plans that address each BRGs unique needs and asks. Elements of those plans include:
As a further step, the People leadership team has set up a recurring weekly sync with the objective of deep diving into attract and retain efforts for our women, black, and Latinx communities. This level of focus and attention is expected to set the tone and pace needed to make a real change.
We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us and will be listening to our Tweeps, and your feedback. We believe these quarterly updates will spark conversations and actions needed for change — at Twitter and beyond. We’ll be back in three months!
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