The Power of Human Difference

At VMware, we celebrate our people from a wide variety of dynamic backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We deliver transformative IT solutions by harnessing the power of human difference and building a community that is inclusive and diverse. Our diversity and inclusion initiative, VMinclusion, is a business-led effort to attract and engage the multinational, multicultural talent critical to our globally connected business.


“A focus on inclusion and diversity resonates with our values and is smart business. Systemic change starts at the top with our leadership driving accountability. We are also engaging our managers and empowering our employees. We can and we will do better.”

- Pat Gelsinger, CEO and VMinclusion Co-Sponsor


We encourage everyone at VMware to bring their authentic selves to work. No matter the role, level within the organization, or location in the world, our people are empowered to lead at VMware. In order to model authentic leadership, leaders and employees across the company share their own stories.

Dare To Be Yourself 


Rich Lang – Senior Vice President, HR

Hear how his decision to share who he is as a member of the LGBT community at work is fostering opportunities for all people to thrive at VMware.


Helle Frank Jul-Hansen – VP & Deputy General Counsel, EMEA

Recognizing the power from her own leadership journey, Helle is taking an active role to foster an inclusive workplace for all people at VMware.


Anthony Alvarado – Sr. Director Global License Compliance

Watch Anthony’s story and discover how championing leaders from all backgrounds will enable our entire community to thrive.


Lily Chang – VP of R&D, Central Engineering

Discover how a defining moment in Lily’s life sparked her drive to lead in life and inspiring people across the globe to grow as leaders.


Brandon Sweeney – Senior Vice President, Americas Commercial

Hear how Brandon’s commitment as a leader to promote a culture where all people can thrive is empowering VMware people to closely partner and achieve customers’ business goals.


Renuka Rajagopal – Director, Real Estate & Workplace

Through her work with VMwomen and now VMinclusion, Renuka is fostering a workplace community where all people are empowered to speak up and be their authentic selves each day.

“Ingenuity is the heart of VMware’s culture. The power of human difference is what fuels ingenuity.”

- Betsy Sutter, Chief People Officer and VMinclusion Co-Sponsor

Disrupting Unconscious Bias

With leading researchers from Stanford University, we deliver research-based education on what Unconscious Bias is and how to block that bias in the workplace. 92% of participants leave with a commitment to action to block bias in the workplace.

Creating Change Agents

DIALOGUE Peer Mentoring Circles offers leadership development through a gendered lens from the Stanford University Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Women participating globally report growth in their perceptions of themselves as leaders and develop stronger networks for career advancement. Men can also participate.


Over the past few years, we’ve achieved measurable improvements with women as a result of our women’s initiative. Now, we have begun our focus on underrepresented minority talent in the U.S. We are not satisfied with where we are and recognize the work ahead of us. Sustainable change and continuous improvement require accountability and transparency across the technology industry. This is why we are taking the step to disclose our diversity data.

Equal Pay for Equal Work

At VMware, harnessing the power of human difference means equal pay for equal work. We continually analyze compensation globally, accounting for multiple factors that influence pay such as tenure, geographic location and performance. Our most recent data analysis, done by a third party, shows that at VMware, women earn 99% of their male counterparts' salary globally and racial and ethnic minority employees earn 100% of their white counterparts in the U.S. We are proud of these results and are strongly committed to pay equity and equal opportunity across gender and racial lines.

Global Representation of Women

Representation of Women by Region and Role

U.S. Representation by Race/Ethnicity

Representation of Race/Ethnicity in the US by Role

Representation of Other Diverse Communities

Global Workforce

  • Americas - 52%
  • APJ - 30%
  • EMEA - 18%

Global Age

  • Under 30 Years - 18%
  • 30 - 50 Years - 72%
  • Over 50 Years - 10%

Other Diverse Communities*

  • Differently Abled (US) - 0.5%
  • LGBTQ (Global) - 2%
  • Veterans (US) - 2.5%

Representation data is of June 2016. Pay Equity analysis was conducted in September 2016.

* Voluntary disclosure data. LGBTQ data was collected in countries where identification is legal as part of a new data collection process.


VMware is deeply committed to working across the industry to building communities for women in tech and growing the next generations of women leaders.

WT2: Women Transforming Technology

VMware founded the Women Transforming Technology (WT2) conference in 2016, to bring together industry leaders and community organizations committed to gender diversity at all levels across the tech industry.


VMware CodeHouse

We started CodeHouse at VMware to connect with women at the very beginning of their career. Women from universities around the world are invited to join us, where they could collaborate directly with a network of female engineers on a community project. It’s all about code and it’s all about women.

Women Who Code

As part of our Founding level partnership, we launched new networks in Bangalore, Beijing, Shanghai, Sofia and Palo Alto, enabling over 2,500 new members. VMware has hosted 25 events with 1,000+ live attendees and 3,500+ virtual attendees.

Check out the 2017 Women Tranforming Technology Video

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Unleash the Power of Human Difference

Power of Difference communities (PODs) are employee-driven groups that enhance VMware’s inclusive culture and harness the power of human difference. We have PODs for site specific locations as well as PODs designed to strengthen networks for women and underrepresented groups. PODs are open to anyone in the company and designed to help participants grow as leaders, engage with different communities, and drive business impact.

Demographic POD Communities at VMware include: Black@VMware, Chinese@VMware, Latinos@VMware, Pride@VMware, Veterans@VMware and Women@VMware.

Local Site PODs include: VMinclusion@Cork, VMinclusion@CostaRica, VMinclusion@Japan (and more coming soon!)

POD Leaders

Hector, Latinos@VMware POD Leader

“We are committed to strengthening VMware’s inclusive culture and driving business impact by elevating the Latino community’s representation and leadership.”

Tasha, Black@VMware POD Leader

“Black@VMware drives connections across VMware. We are building awareness around issues that are top of mind and pulling communities together in solidarity.”

Bryan, Pride@VMware POD Leader

“Our mission is to build a strong community for our employees who are members or allies of the LGBTQA community.  Together we will raise visibility around key social issues, influence company policy and advance LGBTQA talent throughout the company.”


VMware is engaging with all of our community to help accelerate change and be a force for good across the technology industry. As such, we are making bold commitments and investing in programs to expand the community of female and diverse talent in technology.

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