Thursday, June 15, 2017

SoulCycle CEO, Facebook VP And Other Executives Speak Out On Workplace Diversity - FORBES

by Jennifer Wang
Originally published: June 13, 2017

Diversity is not just a buzzword -- it could boost your bottom line.

The numbers are clear; firms with a more diverse workforce see better financial results. Female executives from Facebook, SoulCycle, Audi and AFI Fest, whose experience spans running film festivals to multinational corporations, gathered at the 2017 Forbes Women’s Summit on Tuesday to share their views on training and retaining talent from all walks of life.

When it comes to employees, “either they’re rowing the boat, or they’re drilling holes in the back,” mused SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan. Born to a small business owner father, Whelan got the entrepreneurial bug early.  The Brown University grad was one of the first three employees that began the launch of British conglomerate Virgin Group’s budget airline, Virgin America, in the U.S.  But it was her stint at fitness club powerhouse Equinox, which she joined in 2007, that propelled her into the spotlight.