Diversity plays a large role in the overall performance of any company, so buy-in and active participation from senior leadership are crucial. In soliciting feedback from other leadership team members at Workday, I’ve found that they are extremely supportive and passionate about furthering our D&I initiatives.
Here at Workday, I joined Jim Bozzini, our chief operating officer, for a frank and open fireside chat about the importance of D&I. The discussion took place in July during Workday Altitude, our annual professional services conference, and included people leaders from Jim’s team. I also had the opportunity to partner with Diana McKenzie, chief information officer at Workday, to present and participate in a panel discussion about D&I for our entire Dublin, Ireland office, which has more than 850 employees.
In addition to having executive support at Workday events, we also have strong representation at industry events related to D&I. Lynn Christensen, senior vice president of products at Workday, and Diana McKenzie have served as executive sponsors for the past two years at the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. And I’ll soon be joining more than 180 Workday employees at this year’s Grace Hopper, and look forward to meeting with other thought leaders to discuss how to best support and celebrate women technologists in the workplace.
Not only have executives shown up and supported these events, they’re enthusiastic about doing more. In fact, we’re in the process of creating a global executive Belonging & Diversity Council, so senior leadership can connect and help influence how we further our efforts in this space.