San Francisco, CA (FNN NEWS) – Pinterest has hired its first head of diversity, Candice Morgan, the company announced on Wednesday.
Morgan will lead and help build Pinterest’s diversity and inclusion team, the company said in a blog post. Morgan, a work culture specialist, most recently spent about 10 years at Catalyst, a consulting firm, where she worked to assist global companies in a range of industries become more inclusive and create better talent-aquiring strategies. Morgan earned an M.S. in cross-cultural psychology from Brunel University and a B.S. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.
“Diverse teams, in terms of demographics and thought, outperform homogeneous teams on innovation and problem solving,” Morgan said in the post. “I’ve spent my career advising major businesses on best practice in diversity and inclusion, and am thrilled to join Pinterest, a company committed to bringing the fullest creative potential to our product.”
On Tuesday, Pinterest also launched two new engineering programs aimed at giving engineers from non-traditional or underrepresented backgrounds new opportunities at Pinterest. The first, Pinterest’s “Apprenticeship Program,” selects candidates from non-traditional tech backgrounds, for example, a computer science bootcamp, to work for one year as an engineer at Pinterest. The second program, “Engage,” is an early identification program for freshman students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program who have shown interest in studying computer science or a related technical major. Engage will offer eight-week summer internships starting this year.
“Our vision at Pinterest is to build a product that inspires everyone,” Pinterest cofounder and chief creative officer Evan Sharp said in the post. “To make this happen, we need to understand the perspectives and needs of people around the world. Candice is a critical addition to our vision, and will help build the programs and teams we need to reach our creative potential as a company.”
During the summer, Pinterest publicly shared its diversity goals. Pinterest’s four goals for 2016 include increasing its hiring rates for full-time engineering roles to 30% female, increasing hiring rates for full-time engineers to 8% underrepresented ethnic backgrounds, increasing hiring rates for non-engineering roles to 12% underrepresented ethnic backgrounds and fourth, creating an interview requirement that at least one person from an underrepresented background and one female candidate is interviewed for every open leadership role. In July, Pinterest said its total U.S. workforce is 49% white and 43% Asian. Globally, 58% of employees are male. Across U.S. leadership roles, just under half of employees are white, 42% are Asian and none are black or Hispanic. Sharp’s full post on Pinterest’s plan is available here.