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Corporations large and small expressed their outrage, dismay, and horror at the killing of George Floyd, and pledged to fund black organizations, charities, diversity training and more. But Twitter users soon cut to the heart of the matter: ‘Thanks for pledging but let’s see a photo of your board of directors.’

The point is backed up by statistics that reveal the truth most Americans already know: Corporations are largely run and directed by those who are “male and pale.” In a 2018 report, for example, the total number of board seats for Fortune 500 companies was 5,670 — but only 651 board seats were held by minority men and 261 board seats were held by minority women. The breakdown by race looked like this:

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C.J. Marwitz

C.J. Marwitz is the editor for the retirement industry audience and a digital managing editor at BenefitsPRO. She is currently considering pitches for unpublished contributed content related to the employer-sponsored retirement plan arena. A former technology editor, advertising copywriter, and academic advisor, Marwitz is the mother of three and walker/stick-thrower/treat-giver to an orange-and-white Welsh Corgi named Leeloo Dallas Multipass.

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