HP People talk about Raising Their Voices For Pride Month
We have always relied on the unique power of our diverse teams to keep reinventing. Innovation thrives when individuals contribute their perspectives, knowledge, and experience. And inclusion thrives when we make sure there’s a place for everyone’s voice in the conversation. It’s how we lead in our industry and amaze our customers and partners. And it’s how we preserve the HP Way.
Pride Month is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of our colleagues, suppliers, customers, and partners who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ+) community.
And while Pride celebrations may look different this year, the need to be visible and vocal in support of the LGBTQ+ community of all races and ethnicities is greater than ever.
It is important to remember that even in good times, the LGBTQ+ community (like other underrepresented groups) is more likely to be affected by unemployment, homelessness, and a lack of health services. For people of color in the community, especially black people, Hispanics, and Latin Americans, the statistics are even more dire.
Current events and the pandemic may have amplified discussions about social inequities, but these issues have long been present and we remain deeply committed to combatting social injustice in all forms.
This year’s global theme for HP’s Pride Month celebrations, Raise Your Voice, is a call to action for all of us to be better allies and advocates.
Read the stories of employees who have found their voices and used their identities to make positive contributions to their communities while nurturing a culture of belonging at HP.
How am I making a difference for LGBTQ+ members in my community? By using my skills to improve employment opportunities.
I have always been passionate about diversity and inclusion. HP is the first place where I have felt confident enough to be my authentic self and bring that passion to life.
I use my skills—learned by working in recruitment—to partner with our local Pride Business Impact Network (BIN) and help members of Costa Rica’s transgender community to improve their job search abilities and train them on how to find better job placements, build outstanding résumés, and prepare for interviews.
The results have been amazing! Most of our trainees from the trans community have been able to find a job not long after they left the program. I am proud of the work we get to do. It empowers us to keep advocating for a more inclusive world.
Adrian, San Jose, Costa Rica
Talent Acquisition Consultant
Why did I return to HP after exploring other career paths? Because of the company’s commitment to inclusion.
I worked at HP for more than 10 years before leaving to explore new opportunities with other IT organizations. But after I heard about HP’s diversity and inclusion programs and events around the world, I felt pretty eager to return.
When I decided to officially come back, so much had changed and improved for the better. Walking into the office and seeing a huge Pride banner in our reception area immediately fills me with a feeling of comfort and pride. I am surrounded by allies from all areas of the organization, which is reassuring. We offer a host of training, tools, and resources that help us all commit and hold each other accountable to stamping out unconscious biases. I feel like I can continue making a difference in my life as well as in the lives of those around me.
And now that I’ve experienced different approaches to diversity and inclusion at other companies, I can honestly say HP is the most accepting and welcoming organization I’ve worked at. I feel like it’s the best place to be in tech.
Judy, Sydney, Australia
Distribution Business Manager
How do I inspire our next generation of leaders? By sharing my own story.
I’m a go-getter. In the time I’ve been with HP, I’ve seized opportunities that have taken my career to new heights. But I didn’t do it on my own. I had mentors and sponsors to guide my success. That’s why I’m passionate about working with our local Pride Business Impact Network. I’m leading by example and showing that everyone can find success here.
Cedric, Houston, US
Personal Systems Software Chief of Staff
What is the connection between technology, diversity, and inclusion? They bring people and ideas together.
For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in technology—how it works and its role in connecting people and ideas. I am excited to be part of a community of people making this connection possible and advancing it for the future.
It is also exciting to know that no matter your background or level of experience, there is a seat at the table for you at HP. I am an active participant. I am helping to build paradigm-shifting technology and take part in conversations about how we can make positive changes happen on a broader, more global scale.
Connor, Houston, US
Personal Systems Global Product Manager
How am I creating an inclusive environment at HP? By securing a diverse pipeline of candidates in our hiring process.
People often ask me why they should join HP, and I tell them it’s simple: At HP, what makes you unique will make you shine.
Embracing my uniqueness and knowing I can positively impact others empowers me to provide opportunities to talented members of the LGBTQ+ community and inspire them to be their authentic selves.
Dani, Barcelona, Spain
Talent Acquisition Consultant
How do I advocate for my community? By being comfortable with myself first.
As the leader of our local Pride BIN, I bring a unique perspective and cultural competency to my role in the Public Sector Sales team. I help build healthy relationships personally and professionally because I can be myself. I am comfortable in my skin.
I maintain that same spirit when it comes to building a more inclusive work environment for others. People feel comfortable around me, so it is easier to work together and to educate others about diversity and inclusion without alienating anyone.
Having an inclusive network of creative and compassionate leaders and colleagues motivates me to continue to pursue progress and to live my truth at peace and with joy.
Kristina, Rio Rancho, US
End User Sales Account Manager
What’s my motto for nurturing inclusion at HP? “Gain more knowledge, be less biased.”
Information is the most powerful tool to deconstruct biases. Being the Chairman of Taiwan’s Pride BIN allows me to provide our local employees with tools, resources, and information to address biases around the LGBTQ+ community.
And to celebrate this learning and pursuit of education, we invite all employees to join Taiwan’s yearly Gay Pride Parade to show their support and allyship, and celebrate our LGBTQ+ colleagues, partners, and customers.
Chris, Taipei, Taiwan
Personal Systems Accessories Planner
That’s what it’s like to be part of HP.
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