Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hewlett-Packard Stays Committed to Diversity


Hewlett-Packard splits into two companies come November, yet even with this major change, it stays committed to diversity.

Showing its seriousness about tech diversity, Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday announced there will be four women and two African-Americans on each of the boards of HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the two companies it will split into come November. Each company also will be chaired by a woman, giving HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise two of the most diverse boards in the tech industry. - Read more at

In recent interview with Peter High, a contributor for Forbes, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman had this to say about how “things have progressed across your time in Silicon Valley relative to the issue” of having more women in technology:
I have been in business for a while- I graduated from business school in 1979 – and the progress of women from then to now does not feel fast enough to many of us, but it is enormous progress. [...]Technology has been a bit slower because typically science, technology, engineering, and math has fewer women. My view is companies have to be advocates for STEM education and keeping girls interested and successful in STEM all the way through college and graduate school. And then, we have to work hard at hiring women out of college and graduate school into HP and other companies because, as you go up the ladder in companies, if you do not start with a great group of young people at the start of their career, you will not end up twenty years from now with a 50/50 mix of senior leaders.

On having two African-Americans on the boards, Whitman said: I am very proud of the boards we have put together. I should also mention that they have two African-Americans on the board, and, as you said, four women, and some fantastic other executives as well, but you have to work at it. I think what  you have seen in Silicon Valley over the last several years is a recommitment to making that happen.  We are certainly on board with that.

As with any major change, there is a downside and Hewlett-Packard is also reported to have been cutting jobs such as in its Houston facilities, “due to further corporate restructuring.”
Houston Business Journal reports: Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) recently notified the Texas Workforce Commission that it has been cutting additional jobs in Houston.[...] However, some of the affected employees could "find a new position elsewhere within the company and/or transfer to another HP facility," the letter reads. - Read more at:
  
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