On Tuesday, Uber’s board members took the stage to champion the
message of how the beleaguered company was going to fix the
problems with its sexist culture.
But one particular comment during the meeting made it clear that
the company still has work to do on how it deals with sexism
among its own board members.
During the all-hands meeting, Arianna Huffington excitedly
announced that Wan Ling Mortello was joining the board. Uber
employees, in turn, appropriately applauded the news that women
would go from 14% of Uber’s board makeup to 25%.
That’s when things became awkward, according to a recording
of the meeting obtained
by Yahoo Finance.
“There’s a lot of data that shows when there’s one woman on the
board it’s much more likely that there will be a second woman on
the board,” Huffington said.
“Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more
talking,” said David Bonderman, a director at TPG Capital and
another board member.
Huffington laughed awkwardly — the rest of the room remained
silent — before saying “Ohh come on David.”
The next thirty minutes of the Uber all-hands meeting continued
to address a
13-page report filled with 47 recommendations on how Uber
could fix its own internal culture problems.
Bonderman later apologized for the “disrespectful remark” in a
statement provided to Business Insider.
“I want to apologize to my fellow board member for a
disrespectful comment that was directed at her during today’s
discussion. It was inappropriate. I also want to apologize
to all Uber employees who were offended by the remark. I
deeply regret it.”
You can listen to the full audio
here — Bonderman’s bad joke begins at 6:40.
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