Civil Rights 3.0?

In an interview with the Washington Street Journal, Mellody Hobson, Starbuck’s new chairwoman, said that we are in “civil rights 3.0.”

Hobson is the only Black chairwoman of an S&P 500 company and claims that throughout her career she has seen a lot of pledges to increase workplace diversity come and go.

Hobson says in today’s world, “It’s going to be super hard to be a Fortune 500 company without a diverse person on your board.”

When asked what grade she would give the US in terms of board diversity, she answered “B-minus.” She stated that “white men make up 30% of the U.S. population and 70% of the board seats” but she has seen a lot of change in the last year and the US is headed in the right direction.

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