Thursday, May 25, 2017

Serena Williams' new job: bringing diversity to the tech world - LA TIMES

Originally published: May 25, 2017
Publisher: LAtimes.com 

Tennis star Serena Williams has 39 Grand Slam titles, four Olympic medals, major endorsement deals and her own line of clothing and accessories. Now she is embarking on a new mission: to help tech companies diversify their workforces and solve one of the industry's most vexing problems.

Williams, 35, will get her chance as she joins a Silicon Valley boardroom. Online poll-taking service SurveyMonkey announced Williams' appointment to its board on Wednesday, along with Intuit Chief Executive Brad Smith.

“I feel like diversity is something I speak to,” Williams said in an interview with the Associated Press. “Change is always happening; change is always building. What is important to me is to be at the forefront of the change and to make it easier for the next person that comes behind me.”