“What if we said that only certain people could compete in the Olympics and get on the starting block?” Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL and Chairman of the IAB Education Foundation, asked the crowd at the IAB’s iDiverse Breakfast at the AOL offices on Wednesday morning. Announcing the IAB Education Foundation’s diversity commitment of 10,000 jobs across 200 digital companies by 2020, he stated, “This is the Olympics of diversity ... A lot of companies have been announcing their diversity numbers, but the one thing we want to do is make physical change and infrastructure change.” Referencing the WSJ article on Facebook’s struggle to close their diversity gap that published just that morning, he noted, “Competing in the Olympics comes with failure, but if you want to compete, you have to take risks and train.”
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