DIVERSITY & EQUALITY

Building a Workplace That Reflects Society

As of October 2020

Diversity and equality are core values at Whitepages.

With more than 30 million users per month, we serve a diverse population. We believe that companies are key to social change and have a responsibility and role to play in furthering equality for diverse populations. At Whitepages, we strive to create a diverse workplace where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. Fostering diversity and equality is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.
As study after study shows, diverse teams perform better.

They challenge old ways of thinking, are more likely to be objective and fact-based, and build on and improve individuals’ ideas through collaboration and healthy debate.
Where We Are Today

Whitepages is a data company. Data drives our decisions. It demands transparency and holds us accountable. In the spirit of transparency and accountability, we are committed to publishing our diversity data at least annually, starting in October 2020. Our goal is to have a global and U.S. workforce that reflects the population of King County    , where most of our employees live, starting with gender and racial representation.

Looking at the data and where we were a year ago, we’ve made progress, but have more work to do.

In terms of gender, we are very close to our goal.

Our U.S. team is 47% female and our global team is 55% female. We are proud to work with AthenaWorks, a tech resourcing firm in South America, whose mission is to create opportunities in engineering for women. Our executive team is 86% female, a rarity in the tech industry, where today only one in five C-suite executives is a woman .
While we are strong on gender diversity, we have more work to do on racial diversity. 

Racial minorities make up 25% of our U.S. team. With our global team included, the percentage rises to 43%. Our management team, which includes executives and people managers, is 87% white. As such, we are focused on increasing the racial diversity in our U.S. team, both overall and in management.
To that end, we are expanding our recruiting sources to increase racial diversity among the pool of highly qualified candidates. 

We are auditing our hiring process to remove unconscious bias to ensure all candidates from diverse backgrounds have an equal opportunity. We are assessing if working remotely provides the opportunity to further expand the talent pool from underrepresented populations, including from economically challenged areas. 

We believe it is our responsibility to help improve racial equity in the technology sector, not just at Whitepages. We are partnering with two Seattle-area organizations dedicated to preparing and creating opportunities for people of color in the tech industry – the Technology Access Foundation and Rainier Scholars. Both organizations have a tremendous record of success in producing highly qualified and diverse job candidates that are ready to succeed in the tech sector. 

Image of Brenda Mancilla-Martinez, a former Rainier Scholar intern at Whitepages, with her mom and sister. Brenda is currently a Technical Sourcer at Zulily.
The team at Whitepages is gay, straight, introverts, extroverts, 20 to 62 years old, and from nine different countries. 

We celebrate our diversity, literally and figuratively, including at our annual Pride party - one of the most popular company events. The team is also really into food, so there is a lot of sharing of cultures, backgrounds, and opinions over meals – in person and now over Zoom as we are working remotely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  1. King County Demographic Trends
  2. Korn Ferry survey, 2019