It doesn’t end there. Once hired, we want to send a strong message to everyone who works for HP around the globe: You belong here.
By nurturing inclusion and mutual respect, we all can win at our jobs, and in the marketplace. HP’s unique culture not only drives innovation in our businesses, but it also shapes how employees feel about the work that they do each day. It affects their level of commitment to HP’s mission and how empowered they are to innovate and take risks.
The HP Way—our shorthand for the cultural touchstones that guide the company—is a recipe for developing well-rounded employees who aren’t just employees. We want our people to come to work and fully be who they are and bring their unique perspective to the conversation.
These efforts, of course, are part of HP’s reinvention story. But they are also part of my own journey. I’ve had remarkable opportunities to grow my skills and my career, starting at Boise State University, where I was an NCAA Scholarship recipient and lettered in women’s basketball.
I believe that my subsequent 20-year career in global marketing, branding and communications goes hand in hand with championing diversity and inclusion at every level of an organization. Nowhere is this more imperative than in tech, an industry that lives and dies on innovation.
At HP, we know that diversity drives innovation, because better ideas come about through give-and-take between diverse stakeholders and constituencies. It drives performance, too. A McKinsey report on diversity highlighted that companies in the top quartile in terms of ethnic and racial diversity are 35 percent more likely to outperform those who do not.
The fostering of openness, courageous conversation and trust helps level the playing field so we can get down to business and drive results.
As one of Silicon Valley’s storied founding companies, HP is well qualified to lead the way toward reinventing mindsets. We have the most diverse board of directors of any tech company in the country. And our leadership—from Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Lucio’s challenge to agency partners to Head of Global Legal Affairs Kim Rivera’s initiative with our legal partners—have demonstrated the depth of our commitment to affect change.
A great way to dive deeper is by exploring our updated Diversity and Inclusion website. It includes a personal message, where I talk about our efforts and the opportunities for growth at the company for current and potential HP employees.