What are PODs?
Find Your POD
A safe space for self-identified military veterans and supporters, with a focus on outreach and finding ways to encourage leaders to embrace veterans’ unique skills.
“We support veterans transitioning from military service to the private sector, we recognize significant military and cultural events, and we give back to the community.”
SIMON LE COMTE, VETERANS@VMWARE POD
A safe and inclusive environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer employees and our allies. We advocate for equal rights and respect for all.
“Our community drives business impact by affecting change for the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace and beyond. Whether it’s providing additional benefits or gender-neutral restrooms ... we are a voice and an advocate for this entire diverse community within VMware.”
CHUCK THOMPSON, PRIDE@VMWARE POD
A community to drive true inclusion for people of all abilities by creating a VMware that encourages self-identification and enablement.
“Learn about visible and invisible disabilities, including neurodiversity and mental health, and find out how you can contribute to disability inclusion.”
SHERI BYRNE-HABER, DISABILITY@VMWARE POD
A community to empower VMware employees of color, cultivate leaders, and provide an inclusive platform where Black employees can bring their authentic self to work, while changing the narrative of the tech industry to reflect its diversity.
“Be the change you want to see. Our POD has the opportunity to influence an evolution of people, process and experience—to create an environment where communities of all shapes, sizes and color can thrive.”
TASHA EASTON, BLACK@VMWARE POD
A community to empower women and make them feel safe, valued and included. We advocate for equal pay and greater opportunities for women to learn, lead and advance their careers.
“Joining a POD gives you access to professional development webinars, a community of amazing women and allies, mentorship and sponsorship programs and more.”
LORELEI VOORSANGER, WOMEN@VMWARE POD
A community that serves to foster an inclusive environment for all of our Asian employees and allies, promoting Asian representation within every employee’s career path.
“It’s an opportunity to network with leaders across the organization, join cultural events and mentorship programs, get support and challenge our own internal ideals.”
VINCE SHAH, ASIAN@VMWARE POD
A group focused on elevating the Latino community’s representation and leadership, while strengthening VMware’s inclusive culture and business impact.
“I encourage everyone to find ways to channel your desire to get involved and improve our communities—whether it’s the Latino community, the VMware community or the global community.”
ANTHONY ALVARADO, LATINOS@VMWARE POD
PODs Around the World
Creating Space for Conversations
Getting Real Series
This quarterly speaker series tackles previously taboo topics like race and privilege to help break down barriers and open people’s minds.
Through our PODs, we talk about the big issues faced by underrepresented communities. These conversations help all of us connect, learn and support each other.
We encourage employees to talk to VMware leaders and share experiences of diversity, equity and inclusion.
We help senior leaders build ongoing relationships with underrepresented employees, to learn about their challenges and how to become more inclusive.
Coaching for POD Leaders
If you become a POD leader, you can access personalized coaching designed to support your professional growth and strengthen your leadership skills.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Discover how we’re building a better VMware for all and get a snapshot of our DEI performance.
Inclusive Hiring at VMware
See how we empower all people to grow in the tech industry, with a range of hiring programs and scholarships to help you thrive.
Partnerships and Investments
To help strengthen your opportunities in the tech industry, we support a range of industry initiatives and events.