09/04/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/04/2020 09:06
Salesforce is hosting our third-annual Racial Equality summit, Representation Matters, on September 14 -18. This year's event has been reimagined as a weeklong virtual event series and seeks to inspire, empower, and elevate our most underrepresented communities in tech.
Representation Matters event will feature luminary Black, Latinx, and Indigenous business leaders, activists, authors, c-level executives, and more. Together with Deloitte Digital, we will celebrate our Trailblazers on the virtual stage while having important discussions about how we all can drive Racial Equality in our businesses and the world around us.
We know that in our tech industry Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people have been traditionally underrepresented. And we understand that it's harder to be what you don't see and recognize there is undeniable power in representation. That is why we've established the Racial Equality and Justice Taskforce to help drive systemic change in our workplace and community, focusing on the 4P's - People, Philanthropy, Purchasing, and Policy. We've also set forth new representation goals with a commitment to double the U.S representation of Black employees in leadership (VP+) and increase our U.S. representation of Black employees by 50% by the end of 2023. Click here to learn more.
Here's a sneak peek at some of the luminary speakers headed to our stage - more coming soon.
Here's a look at the week's agenda:
Monday, September 14: Your Vote Matters: Civic Engagement: A look at how technology and media connect and empower underrepresented communities as we continue on this journey to create an equal world for all.
Tuesday, September 15: Leading From the C-Suite: A conversation on building and advocating for financial inclusion and empowerment within underrepresented communities, while highlighting actions we can take to further close the racial wealth gap.
Wednesday, September 16: Power of Inclusive Storytelling: An exploration of the power of storytelling in media, literature, and social justice movements as a catalyst for systemic change.
Thursday, September 17: Journey to Racial Justice & Equality: Join us as we discuss the relationship between filmmaking and activism in order to challenge bias in the criminal justice system.
Friday, September 18: Representation Matters in the Media + Virtual Dance Party: Join us for a fireside chat with a special guest and a DJ as we wrap up the weeklong event series.
Click here to sign up for the virtual event.
In the meantime, click here to read the full recap and watch last year's panel sessions that feature executive speakers of color from companies like Google, Cisco, Lyft, Intel, Golden State Warriors, PepUp Tech, and more.
There is still work to be done on this path toward Equality, using our platform for these important discussions is only one stop along this path. At Salesforce, we are committed to this journey via our various programs, our Employee Resource Groups, and by practicing allyship. Learn more at Salesforce.com/Equality and follow along on Twitter at @SalesforceEQ.