Twitter Hires Candi Castleberry-Singleton to Head Inclusion and Diversity

Twitter announced on Tuesday that Candi Castleberry-Singleton will be replacing Jeffrey Siminoff as Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity.

Castle-Singleton will be the third person to take on the role of Vice President of Diversity at Twitter. The company has received criticism for its lack of women and people of color employees because of its high number of POC users. A former employee shed light on the lack of Black leaders in Twitter’s engineering department. Hiring Jeffrey Siminoff, a white man, in 2015 to head diversity did not help to rid them of those criticisms as USA Today reported on the company’s shortcomings earlier this year.

Castleberry-Singleton made a statement on her new position saying, “I’m so excited to join the team at Twitter to lead inclusion and diversity efforts for employees and the Twitter community,” She also said, “I look forward to bringing what I’ve learned to Twitter.”

She’ll also most likely be bringing her “built in, not bolted in” approach to diversity. Previously, Castleberry-Singleton has served as Vice President of Global Inclusion and Diversity at Motorola and led the Global Inclusion Center of Expertise at Sun Microsystems. She also founded and served as CEO of Dignity & Respect Campaign which helps organizations and communities to build cultural awareness and promote inclusion.

CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, congratulated Castleberry-Singleton on her new position in true Twitter fashion,  via Tweet, saying, “Excited to welcome @candi to lead our inclusion and diversity efforts @twitter. Welcome to the flock!”

As she joins the Twitter flock, Castleberry-Singleton will be looked to to help Twitter as a company look more like its diverse users. This task may not be a small one, but her background has proven Castleberry-Singleton to be a leader in diversity.


Chantè Russell

Chanté Russell is a Howard University print journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her entire life has been shaped by her passion for writing, fashion and activism. Those passions have led her to create a blog entitled Be The Zeitgeist and serve as a staff writer for Howard’s student newspaper, The Hilltop. She has also written for Lady With Attitude and worked as a freelance journalist. Some of her biggest role models include Anna Wintour, Maya Angelou and her cousin, Dr. Jennifer Edwards, who inspired Chanté to attend Howard. After completing college, Chanté hopes to work as a fashion journalist and use her platform to combat cultural insensitivity within the fashion industry and improve the public perception of the industry.

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