What’s the first thing you think about when you hear the words “Diversity and Inclusion”? Is it unconscious bias tests? Maybe you’ve worked somewhere you had to take diversity and inclusion training in order to move up in the company and it was just another box to check off? Or maybe you’d LOVE to find a company that took diversity, inclusion, and equity seriously?
This week I’m talking with Lesley Slaton Brown, the Chief Diversity Officer at HP, Inc. to hear how drawing from diverse points of view improves the products and services as well as the corporate culture at HP. Listen up!
About Lesley Slaton Brown
With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Lesley has a unique ability to align and build strategy across organizations and drive business outcomes within corporations, start-ups, and non-profits. Coupling her global marketing, branding, communications, and diversity and inclusion experience, with a deep passion for social entrepreneur and leadership development, she has led key efforts to address the digital divide and build a sustainable enterprise in Senegal, West Africa. Most recently, Lesley served as the Principal Investigator for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), “Go West” Computing Project. This project focused on broadening the representation of women and minorities in computing education and careers.
Lesley was recently awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year in Technology by Silicon Valley’s Chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., in addition to the 2016 Multicultural Leadership Award by the National Diversity Council. Lesley was twice recognized by Black Enter-prise as a Top Executive in Marketing and Advertising, Savoy Magazine as a Top Influential Woman in Corporate America, and was featured in Diversity Journal’s Leaders Publication.