Twitter announces formation of all-women panel at CES amid diversity backlash

Padmasree Warrior, Kara Swisher, Morgan DeBaun and Kimberley Bryant will all feature in the panel

A number of female executives and entrepreneurs will grace Twitter’s stage at CES this year for a panel discussion to share their stories and advice for other women in the industry.

The announcement of the event comes as CES continues to receive criticism for putting together a keynote speaker lineup that’s almost exclusively white and male.

Cindy Gallop, HP chief marketing officer Antonio Lucio and Twitter chief marketing officer Leslie Berland have all called out CES on Twitter in recent days for failing to include any women in the keynote lineup.

Twitter’s panel will include Linda Boff, GE's chief marketing officer; Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code; Morgan DeBaun, co-founder and chief executive of Blavity; Padmasree Warrior, chief executive of Nio; Kara Swisher, co-founder and co-executive editor of Recode; and Myrna Soto, Comcast’s senior vice-president and global chief information security officer.

The invite-only event will take place on Jan. 10 and can be streamed @TwitterWomen.

The discussion will be hosted by Berland, who has sent out a number of tweets about the event:

Titled #HereWeAre, the event is part of Twitter’s #SheInspiresMe series, which aims to bring together and spotlight women at conferences like SXSW and Cannes.

In the days since the backlash against its all-male keynote lineup began, CES has attempted to make amends. After putting out a statement that blamed its lack of diversity on the "limited pool" of female chief executives, the conference's organizers updated the keynote speaker list to include MediaLink vice chairman Wenda Harris Millard and chief executive of A+E Networks Nancy Dubuc, both of which are scheduled to speak during a 'C Space Keynote' panel. Karen Chupka, senior vice president of CES, has also been added as a keynote speaker.

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