On Thursday, Google suddenly canceled a town hall meeting to address the fallout from an anti-diversity memo. But Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared his feeling on Thursday night at an event honoring women coders from around the world.
Sundar Pichai said the coding teams who were being honored at the Technovation awards ceremony at Google’s campus, “I want you to know that there’s place for you in this industry – there’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you.”
There are 12 final teams and all the teams made up of young women, who developed applications to solve challenges in their communities. Women came from Armenia, Cambodia, Canada, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Hong Kong and the United States.
He said, “I know the journey won’t always be easy.” And also, he added that “At Google, we are very committed to building products for everyone in the world, and I think to do that well, we really need to have people internally who represent the world in totality. So it’s really important that more women and girls have the opportunity to participate in tech, to learn how to code, create and innovate.”
On Thursday meeting staff was to have allowed asking questions about the firing and the concerns it has raised. But few minutes before it was assumed to start, Sundar Pichai said in an email to Googlers it had been stopped due to concern about online harassment of employees.
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai wrote that “Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.”
Last Friday, few tweets about a big comment by Damore that became a publicity purgatory, with the question Google’s focus on increasing the number of women. The matter became so deadly CEO Pichai cut his family vacation in Africa and Europe and he returning on Monday to discuss the issue with staffers and ultimately making the decision to fire Damore.