Lyft’s second head of variety desires to take a extra holistic method

IPO-bound Lyft has employed a head of variety and inclusion earlier than, however this time, the particular person on this function has a extra holistic mission. Immediately, Lyft is asserting Monica Poindexter, previously Fb’s international head of variety enterprise companions, has joined the corporate to steer the transportation firm’s inclusion and variety efforts. “I’m in a novel function and have a possibility to assist the group have a look at variety extra holistically and have a look at it via the lens of expertise, workforce and market,” Poindexter instructed TechCrunch. “I’m taking the time to know the processes internally and determine areas the place we will deliberately embed inclusion and variety into our processes.” Whereas Poindexter will report back to Lyft VP of Expertise and Inclusion Nilka Thomas, what finally led Poindexter to take the job at Lyft was her sense of dedication from Lyft’s co-founders, John Zimmer and Logan Inexperienced. “I interviewed with John and Logan and was additionally interviewing them about dedication from the management workforce,” Poindexter mentioned. “That was a key deciding issue. I feel that this work is tough sufficient and also you do need to make certain that you may have the top-down help from management and are open and keen to be taught but additionally to evolve.” Lyft introduced on Tariq Meyers to function its first-ever head of inclusion and variety again in September 2016. Inside his first yr on the job, Lyft launched its first variety report, which confirmed numbers corresponding to the likes of Uber, Fb and Google. Meyers left Lyft in April 2018 to function Coinbase’s international head of belonging, inclusion and worker expertise. Final September, Lyft unveiled its second annual variety report, which confirmed little change from the yr prior. On the time, 40 p.c of Lyft’s workforce recognized as feminine whereas 52 p.c of its workers had been white.