Join Rachel Williams of Yelp and Abby Maldonado of Pinterest for a special closing of the day.
Rachel Williams, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Yelp
Rachel Williams joined Yelp (again!) in November of 2014 as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion. She is currently focused on building Yelp’s diversity initiatives to accelerate action. Having grown up in San Mateo, CA, Rachel often found that she was one of only a couple faces of color in her classrooms. This early awareness of her own differences inspired her thirst for increased diversity and inclusion at a young age.
With a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley and more than 15 years of human resources experience in a variety of industries including technology, life sciences, consumer products and retail, Rachel has honed her expertise in recruitment, organizational development, and strategic change activities. She is thrilled to be able to narrow her focus on Diversity and Inclusion, a very important element of the employee experience and a passion for Rachel. She returns to Yelp after most recently serving as the Head of Talent Acquisition for ClearSlide. She has also held talent acquisition roles at SolarCity, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and was Recruiting Manager at Yelp in 2010.
Abby Maldonado, Diversity Programs Specialist, Pinterest
Abby Maldonado is Pinterest’s Diversity Programs Specialist. She leads Pinterest’s efforts to diversify its workforce through external outreach and by implementing data driven internal programs. Prior to her diversity role, Abby managed Pinterest’s intern program as a member of the University Recruiting team and travelled to campus to recruit the next generation of Pinterest employees. Abby earned a degree in labor relations from Cornell University’s ILR School.