Poskmark appoints Ebony Beckwith, Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce and CEO of the Salesforce Foundation, to Poshmark’s board of directors.
Ebony brings over two decades of experience in technology, operations and philanthropy. At Salesforce, she’s responsible for the company’s philanthropic investment strategy and leads Salesforce’s community response to pressing issues, including co-leading a task force committed to racial equality and justice. Ebony also has a strong connection to the brand — she is an avid Posher and has been a part of the Poshmark community since 2014.
We asked Ebony a few questions about why she’s joining our board, here’s what she had to say:
Q: What drew you to joining Poshmark’s board of directors?
A: I’ve been a loyal Posher since 2014 so I’ve experienced firsthand how special this community is. I love that there’s a strong emphasis on sharing and community building. Even the most successful Poshers take the time to be part of the community. And that’s because they recognize the value to both their business and their relationships with other Poshers. I also admire what Manish has built, alongside an incredible team and board. I believe in their vision and could not be more excited to define the future of shopping together.
Q: A majority of Poshmark users are women. How do you see Poshmark supporting women’s empowerment and economic opportunity more broadly?
A: I read a recent report that women’s participation in the workforce is the lowest it’s been in 30 years, which is really scary to think about. COVID placed extraordinary demands on women, particularly mothers, and what they need most is flexibility. This is a huge opportunity for Poshmark. Women can build a successful business on their terms, allowing them to prioritize whatever they need to…whether that’s helping their kid with online learning, or caring for a family member, or attending to their mental health. The future of work is all about balance and that’s exactly what Poshmark can offer.
Q: What elements of your experience are you excited to bring to Poshmark?
The world of work is changing quickly, and we’re realizing that areas like philanthropy, CSR, and ESG are no longer “nice to haves” for companies…they are non-negotiable. Employees and consumers expect the companies they work for and the brands they love to step up and help address the challenges we face as a global community. My expertise is in applying a data-driven, business mindset to these areas to drive real, meaningful, and measurable impact for all stakeholders. And those can include our employees, our customers, our communities, our shareholders, and our planet. Poshmark has been community-first from Day 1 so I’m excited to partner with the team to drive its next phase of growth and impact.
You can hear more about Ebony’s experience with the community from her #MeetthePosher video here.
I have over 10 years of experience in the retail industry including expertise in marketing, operations, merchandising, buying, shopping and technology. I am a former senior managing director of The School of Retailing, University of Alberta. My education includes a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from The University of Alberta in Marketing, Certificate in Real Estate and a Diploma in Fashion Merchandising and Buying from LasSalle College, a Canadian private school founded in 1959 by fashion designer Jean-Paul Morin.