Facebook’s gender and racial balancing act

Catherine Healy meets Maxine Williams, the woman entrusted with bringing a balance to one of the biggest tech companies on the planet

4th December, 2016
Maxine Williams, Facebook’s global head of diversity Pic: Fergal PhiLlips

Large posters in the reception area of Facebook’s Dublin headquarters bear the kind of peppy corporate slogans one would expect from a Silicon Valley giant. “Proceed and be bold,” one tells me as I pass through a turnstile into the building. My destination is the so-called partner centre, a sprawling gadget wonderland where guests are introduced to the company’s family of apps and services.

On arrival, I am taken...

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