I saw a few weeks ago that my fellow Cornell alum, Jenny Yang, will be leading the Equal Employment Commission:
“As a child, Jenny Yang says that she found inspiration in her mother who challenged discrimination at her workplace. Now, Yang is the new Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all Americans. She is also the first Asian American to serve in that position.
The EEOC, created by Congress fifty years ago, protects workers and job applicants who face discrimination in the workplace because of their race, national origin, gender, sex, religion, age or disability. Despite much progress, workplace bias continues to exist, and Americans continue to face pregnancy-related, faith-based, and other forms of discrimination.”
Yang was in a slightly different class year than me, but a fellow friend and alum that I later met in business school recognized Yang when I posted on Facebook the article about Yang. Given the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley tech companies making the news lately, it’s nice to know that an Asian American is heading up the EEOC.