Netflix Names VP of Inclusion Strategy
Netflix has named veteran culture expert Verna Myers as its VP of Inclusion Strategy. The Baltimore native runs her own consultancy on diversity and inclusion, where she has collaborated with hundreds of elite international law firms, Wall Street, Fortune 500 companies, and other powerhouse clients developing comprehensive strategic diversity action plans. In her newly created Netflix role, Myers is charged with including cultural diversity, inclusion, and equity in the streaming giant’s fast-growing operations worldwide. The Harvard-trained lawyer, who completed her undergraduate studies at Barnard College in 1982, spent time at several prestigious law firms before assuming the role of Deputy Chief of Staff for the Attorney General of Massachusetts. Myers is also the author of the best-selling books Moving Diversity Forward: How to Move From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing and What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People. "I have been a longtime fan of the inclusive and diverse programming and talent at Netflix, and then I got a chance to meet the people behind the screen. I was so impressed by their mission, their excellence, and decision to take their inclusion and diversity efforts to a higher level," Myers said. Her hire came as Netflix fired its top communications spokesman, Jonathan Friedland, after remarks he made to his team included the use of the N-word. More here.