7 Key Takeaways from Salesforce’s Representation Matters Summit
Dec 27, 2022
Salesforce customers and thought leaders share powerful moments from our fifth annual racial equality summit.
As part of Salesforce's work to drive greater equality and become the most inclusive workplace possible, we continue to focus on increasing representation in tech. On December 8, Representation Matters, our annual racial equality summit presented by Deloitte Digital, returned for its fifth year to highlight the continued work of equality advocates and celebrate the progress that’s been made to elevate and amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities.
Over 763,000 viewers joined us at what Molly Q. Ford, VP of Employer Brand & Recruitment Marketing at Salesforce and co-founder of Representation Matters, calls an “event [that] gives us the opportunity to see and hear from leaders who exclusively look like us.” The half-day celebration was packed with dynamic discussions, featuring top thought leaders and influencers who offered insights on the importance of leading with purpose, the power of leveraging your talents and perspective to influence change, digital innovation, and more. Participants were also treated to an intimate conversation with two-time Emmy-nominated actress, two-time New York Times Best Seller, and vegan food influencer Tabitha Brown on her rise to stardom and how she’s building a business empire — all while being authentic and paving her own unique career path.
Here are seven takeaways from the summit that show how diverse leaders are thriving and shining in their respective fields, as well as lessons you can apply in your own career journey.
1. Don’t be afraid to be authentically you.
– Tabitha Brown, Two-Time Emmy-Nominated Actress, Two-Time New York Times Best Seller, and Vegan Food Influencer
2. Create a vision for what you want — and what you deserve.
– Kwasi Mitchell, PhD, Chief Purpose Officer, Deloitte
– Jessica Ross, EVP, Enterprise Strategy and Operational Excellence, Salesforce
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3. Build relationships that are meaningful, not transactional.
– Shannon Nash, CFO, Wing (an Alphabet company)
4. Lead with a digital-first mindset.
– Paula Starr, CIO, Cherokee Nation Government
5. Influence change from where you sit.
– Erin Dangerfield, SVP, People and Culture, Golden State Warriors and Chase Center
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6. Use your platform to drive impact.
– Kylia Combs, Head of Brand, Strategic Marketing Leader, Grammarly
7. Lift others up as you climb.
– Manny Medina, CEO, Outreach.io