Yesterday, Apple released its first ever diversity report and a letter from CEO Tim Cook explaining Apple’s approach to diversity and inclusion and its importance at Apple. The report details several facts, including that 55% of Apple’s United States workforce is white and only 30% of the Apple workforce is female.
Writing about the report, Cook said, “I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.” In a move to further promote diversity and inclusion within Apple’s culture, Apple is holding several events this week at its Cupertino headquarters, according to sources…
The first event, held earlier today was a talk by Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year and the lead teacher of Foshay Learning Center’s Technology Academy Leslie Aaronson, a student, and a member of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Relations team. The subject of the talk was “inspiring the next generation of tech talent.”
This session makes sense as a move for Apple to promote the hiring of more women in technology-related roles within the company. This push is nothing new for Apple, as the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year promoted women in tech through various scholarships to attend the San Francisco-based conference.
Sources say that an interesting session held by Apple executives as well as a celebratory beer bash will be held tomorrow. Apple executives including Michael Tchao (the Vice President of iPad Marketing) and Jacky Haynes (a lead executive in Apple’s operations department) will talk about their life experiences.
The beer bash, which is basically like a party that will surely include a popular band, will serve various foods and wine. The vegetable samosas and potato knishes on the menu sound particularly tasty, and the wines are said to be sourced from female winemakers.
Friday’s events will include an Apple University course discussing Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact as well as a session led by Apple employees with music sold on iTunes.