For International Women’s Day - 5 Things I Learned When I Built A Diverse Team
The business benefits of diversity are undeniable. Research suggests a diverse work environment boosts profitability, productivity, creativity, inclusivity, innovation, and much, much more. Many will also point out — rightly — that diversity isn’t just a business imperative; it’s a moral one.
But what are we talking about when we tout our “diversity”? Do we know the scope of what “diversity” can entail? Do we know what forming a “diverse team” really means? Do we know what it actually looks like to be a “diverse company”?
The Power of a Diverse Team
I have the privilege of leading a large and varied team of technical experts. This team proves every single day the power of unique perspectives and expertise as they help our customers navigate strategic business transformations. Over the course of my 25 years in the technology industry, I have led and been a part of many teams that have shaped my approach to inclusive leadership today.
One experience I often think back on was in my early days with SAP, about a year after joining the company.
In 2017, Nicole Pisklo, SAP global sales lead, and I set out to support a leading media and entertainment company based in California. The customer we were working with had embraced diversity in its leadership team much earlier than other companies, especially across its technology leadership, as reflected by female representation and diversity of sexual orientation.