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Change comes to Facebook one hire at a time

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:53

Before new Facebook employees get their computers, they go see Maxine Williams, global director of diversity at Facebook. Facebook says 85 percent of the tech employees at the company are male, and 53 percent are white. Williams has been charged with changing that, since she was hired a year and a half ago.

One of Williams' jobs is finding new talent for Facebook. “We have people now whose whole job is to think about how we can contribute to developing the pool for the future."

There are practical reasons behind Facebook's diversity mission, the value proposition isn't hard.

“We want to have as many different ways of seeing things,” Williams says, “and that’s what you miss when you don’t have enough diversity.”

And that can help Facebooks’ bottom line. “It will improve not just what we build but then how we serve people. Because we will understand people better," she says.

If Facebook can do that, Williams is convinced that the company will be more successful and create better products.

"There's a ridiculous amount of value in having more people that look like you, because now this place starts to belong to you," she says. "You see yourself in the fabric of it. You are now a protagonist in this story, and we all want to be protagonists in our story ... So it becomes our story when there are more of us."

 And that’s something Williams "likes."

VIDEO: Art among the rubble in Shanghai

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:51
Demolition in China is often a sensitive, political subject, touching on the relative powerlessness of local residents in the face of omnipotent local officials.

VIDEO: Ice climber scales frozen Niagara Falls

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:45
A Canadian ice climber stuns visitors to Niagara Falls by climbing up a frozen section of the famous gorge.

Neo-Nazi jailed for racial attack

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:43
A neo-Nazi is jailed for five years for a racially motivated attack on an Asian man on the day of Fusilier Lee Rigby's funeral.

Russian jets 'disrupted UK aviation'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:33
Russian military planes near UK airspace caused disruption to civil aviation, UK Foreign Office says

U.S. Classifies Some Basic Statistics About Afghan Security Forces

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:27

The watchdog in charge of Afghan reconstruction said the classification threatens its ability to publicly account for the billions of dollars spent each year on Afghan forces.

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Portugal To Offer Citizenship To Descendants Of Expelled Jews

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:26

Portugal's Jews were expelled, burned at the stake or forcibly converted to Christianity 500 years ago. The government wants says it wants to right a wrong. Spain approved a similar law last year.

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Bedtime 'has huge impact on sport'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:21
Our internal body clock has such a dramatic impact on sporting ability that it could alter the chances of Olympic gold.

Sturridge 'anxious' about return

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:18
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is "anxious and excited" as he prepares to return from five months out injured.

How much do we love the NHS?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:18
The NHS is under intense pressure, yet public satisfaction appears to be at a record high.

Costa to contest 'stamp' charge

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:09
Chelsea's Diego Costa will contest the violent conduct charge he faces over an alleged stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Morgan targets tri-series final spot

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:09
One-day captain Eoin Morgan believes earning a place in the tri-series final will add to England's World Cup confidence.

Funeral held for Argentina's Nisman

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:06
The funeral of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who was found dead in his home on 18 January, is held in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

Office puts chips under staff's skin

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 08:01
Rory Cellan-Jones visits a building where microchipped workers gain entry and use photocopiers by holding up their hands - and trials the tech himself.

Farewell to Dippy!

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 07:55
Your stories of the most famous dinosaur in Kensington

Hospitals reject NHS funding cut

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 07:55
A row has broken out about the system for giving NHS hospitals in England their income.

VIDEO: Crossrail breaks through under City

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 07:54
Crossrail workers have made their latest breakthrough by tunnelling under the City of London.

VIDEO: Chip and skin: Office microchips staff

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 07:50
An office block in Sweden is offering workers the chance to have a microchip implanted to allow them to access to various services - Rory Cellan-Jones tries it out.

Coronation Street role recast

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 07:45
Actress Lucy Fallon is to take over the role of Bethany Platt, after another actress was dropped from the same role over an age discrepancy.

Cleveland Hospitals Grapple With Readmission Fines

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 07:44

The Cleveland Clinic has seen its Medicare penalties go down, while those paid by hospitals that serve many of Cleveland's poorer residents have gone up.

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