2016 Great Place to Work Conference: Betsy Sutter on Diversity and Inclusion

Starting today, executives from across the United States will convene in San Diego, California for the 2016 Great Place to Work Conference (April 6-8, 2016) to network and share best practices around how Fortune’s 2016 100 Best Companies to Work For are creating and sustaining great workplace cultures.

VMware Corporate SVP and Chief People Officer, Betsy Sutter, will be among the thought leaders in attendance at the 2016 Great Place to Work Conference. On Friday, April 8 at 1:45 PM PDT, Sutter will be leading a breakout discussion on how VMware created a business-led initiative to embed diversity and inclusion within a global company. This topic is of significance for Sutter and VMware, as the organization formally announced its commitment to drive measurable results around diversity & inclusion within the business in 2014. Through research, Sutter and leaders at VMware recognized the power of human difference. Diversity in the workplace drives better business outcomes through innovative thinking, and for VMware that is a win, a win for the company, its employees, customers, partners, and the wider community.

Knowing that women were a key constituency (44% of the workforce in OECD countries are women and 26.6% of U.S. Computer Science occupations are held by women.), and that VMware could do better to attract, develop, and retain top female talent, VMware started an organization called VMwomen. Sutter and VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger, tasked leaders across the business to help lead this change for VMware.

Over time, VMware has gone on to build the initiative to include corporate-wide goals aligned to specific action plans for each business unit and better reporting to track success metrics. The results of VMware’s first step in creating a workplace where its people can bring their authentic selves to work have been successful. VMware has rolled out a broad-scale education program for managers that delivers sessions on how conscious and unconscious biases affect decision making in the workplace. Each business leader has goals to improve diverse representation within their teams, and the company is tracking the hiring, promotion, and retention rates as compared to its representation. The company is also investing in programs to inspire and support the community of female technical talent through groundbreaking events such as Women Transforming Technology and partnerships with organizations such as Women Who Code and Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Studies.

As Betsy speaks this week at the 2016 Great Place to Work Conference and VMware remains on its mission to redefine the IT industry, the company continues to foster and promote an inclusive culture to promote all forms of diversity. It is a strategic imperative for all businesses to rethink how they are cultivating environments where their great asset – their people – are empowered to work and thrive long term.

To learn more about VMware’s diversity & inclusion efforts, visit the VMware Careers Site.