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Salesforce acknowledges criticism of 'patronising' Dreamforce women's panel featuring Honest Company boss Jessica Alba and YouTube's Susan Wojcicki

By Stephen Lepitak | -

September 22, 2015 | 3 min read

Salesforce has acknowledged criticism of one of its panels during its recent Dreamforce conference which slammed the questions asked of guests Honest Company's chief executive Jessica Alba and YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki.

The ‘Women’s Innovation Panel’ was the final element of a new stream at Dreamforce; the Woman’s Leadership Summit and featured both businesswomen being interviewed by Gayle King who reportedly praised Wojcicki for having five children all by the same husband.

Of Alba’s career she asked; “People seem to think there’s a beginning and an end to a Hollywood career, Were you thinking ahead about that? Your Hollywood career is by no means over.”

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The pair also fielded questions of maternity leave and how they maintained their family lives while running hugely successful technology companies.

The overall panel did not go down well with attendees who turned to social media to highlight their displeasure, with one general description being ‘patronising’.

In response to the criticism, a spokesperson for Salesforce told The Drum: "Salesforce appreciates the feedback it gets from all Dreamforce attendees, and will look at the best way to incorporate it into the event moving forward."

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