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.


“Our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is both important and necessary in our evolution as a business. Our Power of Difference communities are collectively raising our consciousness of the company and helping us build a platform for equitable change.”

- Raghu Raghuram, CEO, VMware


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.

“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


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: Asian@VMware, Black@VMware, Disability@VMware, Latinos@VMware, PRIDE@VMware, Veterans@VMware and Women@VMware.

Local Site PODs include: VMinclusion@ANZ, VMinclusion@Bulgaria, VMinclusion@China, VMinclusion@Cork, VMinclusion@CostaRica, VMinclusion@France, VMinclusion@Germany, VMinclusion@India, VMinclusion@Japan, VMinclusion@METNA, VMinclusion@SEAK, and VMinclusion@UK.

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The Power of Difference communities at VMware

VMware launched its Power of Difference communities (PODs) one year ago as part of its commitment to activating and driving diversity and inclusion across the company.


Latinos@VMware POD

Watch this video to learn more about our Latinos@VMware POD and our commitment to inclusion at VMware.


Women@VMware POD

VMware fosters inclusion by strengthening the community of women in technology. 

Watch this video on our Women@VMware Power of Difference community and learn more about how we are empowering women to lead and change the world.


Black@VMware POD

VMware values diversity of opinion and cultivates new leaders, in part, through its Black@VMware Power of Difference community (POD).



VMware supports its LGBTQ employees, in part, through its PRIDE@VMware Power of Difference community (POD). Discover the PRIDE energy engine of our VMinclusion efforts and see how we’re harnessing our employees power of difference.


VMinclusion PODs

VMware incorporates different ways of thinking and provides opportunities for employees to shine in the sites in which we operate. Learn more about how we’re developing diversity and inclusion ambassadors to help make VMware and the communities we serve a better place for everyone. Watch this video on our Local Power of Difference communities and join us! 

Belong Here. Transform Everywhere 

At VMware we recognize that the need for a sense of belonging is universal. That sense of community is central to every culture and part of our DNA. We embrace belonging by empowering our employees to share their stories.

Kathy Chou, VP R&D

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Kathy Chou, VP R&D

Kathy shares her story and the unique experiences that have shaped her understanding of diversity and how inclusive leadership can build belonging at the workplace.

Briana Brophy, Staff II Technical Program Manager

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Briana Brophy, Staff II Technical Program Manager

Watch Briana's story on how self acceptance and diversity have helped her to bring her authentic self to work every day.

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Eric Crossley, Senior Solutions Architect (TAM)

Eric shares his story that has been shaped by his military service for 6+ years in the United States Navy. Today, Eric feels empowered by a workplace culture that allows him to apply the learning from his experiences into an area that he is passionate about, which is technology.

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Jey Price, Business Operations Program Manager

Meet Jey Price. Jey shares her story as a black female and first-generation college student in her family. These experiences shaped her understanding of how important representation is, and how being authentic can open doors and create more opportunities.


Lily Chang, VP

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.


Anthony Alvarez, Senior Director

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

Ravi Rathnaveluv, Finance Solutions Sr. Analyst

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Ravi Rathnaveluv, Finance Solutions Sr. Analyst

Empowered by a workplace culture that prioritizes inclusion for people of all abilities, Ravi opens up about overcoming adversity to find belonging far away from home.

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Stephen Harris, Vice President - Enterprise Data and Analytics

Stephen shares his story about three anchoring experiences that shaped him and became the building block for his professional success.

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Ossama Eldeeb,Director, Partner Organization (METNA)

Hear how Ossama’s upbringing in a progressive family in Egypt shaped his understanding of the importance of creating equitable opportunities that address the different barriers that in particular women face.


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.


Brandon Sweeney, SVP

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, Senior Director

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.


We are purposefully building a welcoming and inclusive culture. We want to attract, retain and celebrate the industry’s most talented people, whose diversity of experience and perspective will drive our innovation and maintain our position as industry leaders.


We are encouraged by our progress. Each year, our community moves closer to fully representing the diverse, global customers we serve. But - like the technology industry itself - we are not yet where we want to be.


At VMware, when we care about something, we believe in driving for measurable improvements. By measuring our progress, we see how far we have come and how far we still have to go. Thank you for joining us on our journey.

FY21 DEI Annual Report

“At VMware we stand for including everyone. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace culture is critical to our success as a company, leading us to approach D&I as a driver for accelerated innovation and business growth. Read more about our journey and key learnings in our FY21 DEI Annual Report.”


Read the full FY21 DEI Annual Report

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 job, grade, tenure, time in job, 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.

Gender Breakdown at VMware (Global) 









By Region


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Intersectionality by Gender, Race and Job Level (U.S.) 



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Other Communities at VMware 

Regional Workforce




Global Age


Data is reflective of each Fiscal Year. 2021 data is current as of January 31, 2021. 2020 data is current as of January 31, 2020. 2019 data is as of February 1, 2019. Our representation data excludes blanks and declines. Pay equity analysis was conducted in November 2020. Data from past years is restated to reflect organizational changes and may reflect slight variances from last year’s publication.


Leadership is defined as director level and above.


* “Other” includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander.


Self-identification is voluntary disclosure data. Veteran data is collected for protected-status veterans only, which does not include all veterans. LGBTQ data was collected in countries where identification is legal as part of our employee survey which had limited employee participation. We recognize that our current gender reporting is not inclusive of our non-binary population and are working on more inclusive data collection efforts through expanded self-identification efforts.


To provide further transparency around our progress, we are reporting representation to the nearest tenth of a percent, as shared in our 2019 and 2020 U.S. EEO-1 reports.


VMware is deeply committed to working across the industry to building communities 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.


VMware is committed to harnessing the power of human difference by enabling a workplace where we can all be proud to be our authentic selves. As part of that, VMware is committed to creating a flexible, inclusive environment for everyone inside and outside of the company. VMware does not support any law that would promote discrimination based on differences such as gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, age, disability, religion or military service. We want our people to come to work as their best selves, and we believe that diversity is good for our employees and our 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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We are proud of what we have achieved and continue to strive for a diverse and inclusive best place to work environment. And we have been recognized for our achievements.


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