Maxine Williams is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Facebook. In this role, she and a team of Diversity and Inclusions specialists develop strategies to attract, retain and support the growth of underrepresented people at the company. Maxine’s team works towards increasing the cognitive diversity—different ways of thinking based on people having different backgrounds, experiences and information—of all teams across Facebook. Prior to Facebook, she served as the Director of Diversity for a global law firm. Maxine graduated from Yale University before receiving her law degree with first class honors from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She has worked as an attorney in criminal, civil and industrial courts in both her native Trinidad and in the UK at the Privy Council. She has worked with multiple international organizations on development and human rights issues and has had a parallel career as a broadcast journalist and on-air presenter. Maxine is a director on the board of the Massy Group of Companies.