Black Woman Joins Board

Published On October 21, 2020 | By Tom Huskerson | News and Analysis

Media industry veteran Salaam Coleman Smith has joined the board of directors at Pinterest Inc. further diversifying the leadership group after employee claims of racial and gender bias.

Pinterest is an image sharing and social media service designed to enable saving and discovery of information on the web using images.

Smith come to Pinterest with an extensive resume that includes positions as a former top executive at Walt Disney Co.’s ABC Family and former president of Comcast NBCUniversal’s Style Media. She will join the board Oct. 31 as the second female and second woman of color.

Former Chief Operating Officer Francoise Brougher sued Pinterest in early August, claiming she was terminated after speaking up about gender discrimination. Two other former employees also alleged racial discrimination and pay discrepancies earlier this year.

Smith said in a statement. “I’ve benefited from strong mentors and workplace cultures and recognize how important it is for all employees to feel championed and heard. Through my work on the board, I look forward to helping shape how Pinterest cultivates and supports its incredible talent.”

Smith and Pinterest Chief Executive Officer Ben Silbermann also said that her media experience would help Pinterest attract more creators to its service. When Smith joins the board, four of the company’s 10 directors will be women.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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