By Ellen McGirt
March 24, 2017

EBay issued its 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Report yesterday, their first since the company spun off PayPal in 2015.

The numbers are consistent with what we’ve seen from other large, global tech companies: Their total workforce is 52% white, 40% Asian, 4% Hispanic/Latinx, 2% black and 1% other or mixed race respectively.

So, they’ve got some work to do.

The company has laid out a three-pronged strategy, that focuses on workforce – who and how they hire; workplace – what it’s like to work at the company; and marketplace – making sure diverse sellers, products and perspectives are succeeding on the platform. The entire report is worth a read. You’ll see some familiar names as key partners, like Code2040 who is helping them with their newly revamped intern program, and Unitive, a hiring platform which helps eliminate bias in recruiting.

But it’s also valuable in part because it reflects the voice and vision of Damien Hooper-Campbell, eBay’s first Chief Diversity Officer, who started last July.

This just-posted video of Hooper-Campbell’s star turn at the First Round Capital CEO Summit shows what a compelling figure he is. He takes the stage and leads the crowd through a series of diversity interactions with an amiable authority that tends to weaken the resistance of even the most skeptical leader. When I asked him what made him ready for the job besides his resume – he’s worked at Uber, Google, and Goldman Sachs, among others – he answered without hesitation. “Being raised by a strong woman,” he said. “Diane Winston was a single mother who instilled in me the confidence to be okay being who I am no matter how different I am.” His life experience is also at work, citing his Guyanese father, growing up in racially polarized areas like Chicago’s South Side and with family in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, and thriving as one of eight black students in a Fairfield, Conn. county high school. (He was student body president, though he’s not bragging.) “I’m comfortable with being a minority and helping other people see things differently.”

That’s part of the energy he brought to the task of figuring out what shape eBay was in and where it needed to go next. “What you saw in the video is pretty much how I kicked off my listening tour,” he says of his first three months at eBay.

I caught up with Hooper-Campbell by phone after the report went live and he did not disappoint. Click through for my conversation with him and more analysis on the report, courtesy of raceAhead team members Stacy Jones and Grace Donnelly.

Have a boldly inclusive weekend, everyone.


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