I’ve always been inspired to make the world a better place and help others thrive and be their best selves. Throughout my career, I’ve been involved with nonprofit boards, volunteer opportunities, and employee resource groups as a leader and member. After living through the racial unrest that occurred in Minneapolis following the murder of George Floyd, I was motivated to devote my professional life to this work, which ultimately led me to take on the role of chief inclusion and diversity officer and SVP of talent acquisition at Best Buy.
At Best Buy, I lead the team that builds the strategy for creating and sustaining a more equitable, inclusive culture. To support our company’s inclusion, diversity and equity goals, we have made several commitments that we are focused on achieving by 2025. In partnership with our company leaders, employees and organizations across the country, our inclusion, diversity and equity team is creating impactful ways to bring our goals to life.
I’m proud of the work we’ve done to advance diverse representation, develop and empower our leaders and provide more career and post-secondary opportunities for youth.
Best Buy’s purpose is to enrich lives through technology, and we can’t do that without a culture that develops inclusive leaders so they can better serve and drive long-term value for our customers, employees and communities. These leaders are making a positive impact within Best Buy and in their communities by helping us continue to build a collaborative and innovative workplace where everyone can thrive and feel a sense of belonging.
Here are three ways we are developing inclusive leaders at Best Buy:
- Our Racial Equity Leadership Immersion (RELI) program originated from a task force that was created in 2020 to address underrepresentation of historically marginalized communities within our company and in our communities. For five months, each RELI cohort comprised of Best Buy leaders from across the country, explores topics relating to the imperatives of racial equity and justice, while finding ways they can personally make a difference. Through the program, hundreds of leaders have experienced leadership transformation and become agents of positive change within Best Buy and in their communities.
- Building community outside of Best Buy gives our employees a voice and opportunities for professional and personal growth. Through our national partnerships with organizations such as the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) or other volunteer opportunities we offer, our employees are gaining inclusive leadership skills while helping to advance social justice and support their communities.
As a company headquartered in Minnesota, we are also committed to investing in our hometown, the Twin Cities,
Minneapolis – St. Paul and the surrounding areas. To further strengthen our communities, we launched several partnerships this year including with the Richfield Public School District (RPS) and Camdentown with Houston White.
- The Blue Check Interview Panelist (BCIP) initiative supports Best Buy’s goals of reaching equitable representation at all levels across the organization and creating an inclusive workplace for all our employees, starting with our candidate experience. Employees learn to recognize their own unconscious bias and create welcoming spaces for others. After completing the Blue Check training, employees can volunteer to participate on interview panels outside of their respective team.
Through the Blue Check initiative, employees can develop as leaders who bring more diversity of thought and objectivity into our interview process and to their individual team’s hiring practices. More than 700 employees have become Blue Check certified.
Although, we still have a long way to go on this journey – as individuals, as community leaders and as a company – I recognize all the progress and partnerships we’ve made. I am grateful to be part of this work with the dedicated ID&E team, as it is truly a collaborative effort – and look forward to making an even greater impact, together.