Under Marc’s leadership as Chairperson and CEO of Salesforce, the company undertook a comprehensive study of remuneration to ensure women were paid equally for comparable work to men spending nearly $3 million to eradicate differences in salaries in this first ever equal-pay assessment. Salesforce have continued to undertake this company-wide assessment on a yearly basis spending over $12 million to guarantee equal pay for equal work. He has been a strong advocate for the Salesforce Women’s Network which is the company’s largest equality group and strengthens the development of women in each step of their career journey. This group concentrates on expert and personal growth, allyship, accommodating networks, and working towards gender equality. It also has content and activities designed to support the values of empathy, reliance, welfare, and advancement of women.
As an ally and speaker for the Salesforce Women’s Network, Musidora has been a strong advocate of promoting gender diversity within her career, and is one of the UK leadership team on Salesforce’s internal working group focused on more inclusive hiring. She coaches, mentors and sponsors women both internally at Salesforce but also externally across the wider STEM industry. She’s also regularly involved with the Women In Sales Awards Europe; an organization created to recognize excellence in sales across a very male dominated industry. Musidora has spoken on gender diversity as a keynote speaker for the Salesforce Women’s Network, at the Women in Sales Conference, at the PwC Women’s Network, and is due to speak at the House of Commons in February as part of the Gamechangers Women’s Network.
Marc Benioff is Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing. Under Benioff’s leadership, Salesforce is the fastest-growing top-five enterprise software company and the #1 provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software globally. Benioff was named “Innovator of the Decade” by Forbes and is recognized as one of the World’s 25 Greatest Leaders by Fortune and one of the 10 Best-Performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review. For his leadership on equality, Benioff has been honored by GLAAD, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and Variety Magazine with its EmPOWerment Award. A member of the World Economic Forum (“WEF”) Board of Trustees, Benioff serves as the inaugural Chair of WEF’s Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where he is on its Board of Trustees.
Before joining Salesforce, Nilufar co-led a 900-member strong women’s network at a global energy company, advising on and supporting the company’s policies for attracting, developing and retaining female talent. At Salesforce, she champions the Women’s Network and has supported internal initiatives to discuss and empower employees to redress gender equality challenges inside and outside the organisation. Nilufar is also a mentor to women inside and outside Salesforce, and showcases her pro bono and Trustee work internally to inspire others to likewise use their skillsets to make impactful contribution within charities. Externally, Nilufar is Trustee of Cruse Bereavement, a charity providing bereavement support through a network of 5,000 volunteers. She is also Chair of the Board for #techmums, an award-winning social enterprise that empowers mums, their families and communities through teaching key technology skills. As Chair for the past three years, Nilufar has devised a hyper-growth strategy to reach one million mums by 2020; developed community-based solutions to increase tech skills amongst mums; helped grow the charity from three trustees and a volunteer to an inclusive board of five trustees and three staff; and implemented improved governance standards and processes. She and the #techmums founder were pivotal in the charity being selected by Nominet Trust to participate in the MUMSCONNECTED initiative; which she and the team successfully rolled out empowering socially and economically disadvantaged young mums nationwide with new-found tech skills and confidence. Nilufar has supported the charity in achieving funding grants and strategic corporate partnerships enabling growth of product reach and staffing. Nilufar is also regular speaker and panellist at D&I events, and is also Founder and Chair of London Legal Ladies, a women’s development programme.
Marc Benioff is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing. Under his leadership, Salesforce is the fastest-growing top-five enterprise software company and the #1 provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software globally. Marc was named “Innovator of the Decade” by Forbes, ranked #3 on Fortune’s 2017 “Businessperson of the Year” list, and recognized as one of the World’s 25 Greatest Leaders by Fortune and 15 Best-Performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review. For his leadership on equality, he has been honoured by GLAAD, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and Variety Magazine with its EmPOWerment Award. A member of the World Economic Forum (“WEF”) Board of Trustees, Marc serves as the inaugural Chair of WEF’s Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. He also serves as Chair of Salesforce.org, which redefined corporate philanthropy by donating 1% of Salesforce’s equity, product and time to its communities. Additionally, Marc received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where he is on its Board of Trustees.
Throughout his career at Salesforce, Andy has been an active ally for driving equality. He is also a firm believer that everyone in the industry has a responsibility to encourage young people to pursue the range of exciting career opportunities the tech industry has to offer. Andy championed the first “Women in Leadership Summit” at Salesforce’s World Tour London event in 2014, an initiative which has since been rolled out across Salesforce events in other countries. He is a mentor to women both inside and outside his own team, and continually works to raise awareness of women’s issues in the workplace. For instance, all Salesforce’s European offices now have employee resource groups for gender equality and celebrate International Women’s Day. Andy is also an active supporter of #HeForShe, regularly writing and tweeting about why it’s important for men to speak up for what’s right when it comes to workplace equality. He has also ensured Salesforce supports women in business and tech education initiatives that encourage more girls to pursue a career in tech. Andy was also named one of “30 Male Agents of Change” in Management Today’s 2017 list.
Salesforce launched its first equal pay assessment in 2015 to determine if men and women were paid equally. It found that some salaries needed adjustment—for both men and women—so Salesforce spent $3M to eliminate statistically significant differences in pay. After a year of record growth, the company ran another pay assessment in 2017 and spent $3M more to close the gap. Marc pledged to evaluate compensation on an ongoing basis to ensure employees are paid consistently. Salesforce also aims to advance high-potential women into leadership roles by requiring 30% of the attendees of every company meeting be women. On behalf of Salesforce, he signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge furthering his and Salesforce’s commitment to equal pay. In April, Marc brought together business, government, and nonprofit and community leaders to honour equality champions at Salesforce’s first ever Equality Awards. The company has also been recognized as a top employer for women on career sites such as Glassdoor and InHerSight.