Aspirationally woke tech company PayPal is attempting to solve tech’s gender gap with an all-male panel.
A flyer for the event entitled, “Gender Equality and Inclusion in the Workplace,” was first noted by former ad exec Cindy Gallop, who posted a photograph of it to her Facebook page. “Please join us for a discussion with our senior male leaders Edwin Aoki, Sri Shivananda, Jonathan Auerbach, Franz Paasche moderated by Karthik Suri about how men and women can partner to achieve a better workplace,” it read.
Several hours later Nolwenn Godard, president of the clunkily-titled Unity, Women@PayPal, posted a clarification to her own Facebook. This was an event for male allies, she explained, they just forgot to say that:
For this panel our intent is to bring together our male allies to work with us on gender inclusion. The title of the panel is “Gender Equality and Inclusion in the Workplace: a Conversation with our Male Allies.” Unfortunately the full title and the intention of the panel did not make it on to the initial posters that have been the subject of commentary. We’ve since clarified the language to address the misunderstanding. As a woman leader at PayPal, I’m proud of steps PayPal has taken to help promote gender equality in the workplace. This panel is intended to emphasize that women and men need to work together to advance this cause.
Of the 18 people listed as part of PayPal’s leadership team, only three are female.
I’m sorry but listening to just “male allies” talk uninterrupted for an hour was a large portion of my college experience and I don’t feel the need to subject myself to it again!!!