Diversity and inclusion in technology has been discussed so much, the phrase has almost become a cliché. But lack of diversity remains a very real problem. With increased attention over the last several years, a panel of experts discuss how far Silicon Valley, and the tech industry as a whole, has come in boosting diversity efforts.
Brian Tippens, VP & CDO, HP Enterprise
Howard Wright, Vice President, Platform Engineering Group, Intel
Gail Johnson, Vice President, Leadership Development and Diversity Initiatives, AT&T
Megan Rose Dickey, TechCrunch reporter
Megan Rose Dickey
Megan Rose Dickey is a reporter at TechCrunch focused on diversity, inclusion, belonging and social impact in the tech industry.
As Vice President-Leadership Development and Diversity Initiatives at AT&T, Gail M. Johnson manages a team of talent management professionals responsible for the company’s Future Leaders Internship Experience (FLITE), leadership development and business sales leadership programs. Her organization also oversees diversity initiatives that help build AT&T’s diverse talent pipeline. These efforts include relationships with HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), minority-serving institutions and diverse stakeholders.
Gail also serves as the HR Leader for the Flight Ops and Executive Operations organization, which supports the office of the AT&T chairman.
Brian is responsible for a wide range of companywide programs and initiatives that support drive and influence Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s diversity philosophy, strategy, goals, customer relationships and business results. In partnership with HP business leaders and employees across the world, Brian and his team focus on ensuring that HP continues to lead in creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment aligned with the new style of work, while expanding employee engagement and involvement at all levels.
Brian has over 2 decades of experience in the IT industry. He has a strong background and record of leadership in the fields of diversity, sustainability, and innovation. His previous role in HP was Global Real Estate (GRE) Director of Energy, Sustainability and Integrated Facilities Management (IFM). In this role Brian was responsible for Global Energy and Sustainability Management across HP’s global real estate portfolio. He also led the Global Integrated Facilities Management program.
Howard Wright is vice president in the Platform Engineering Group and director of business development in the Communication and Devices Group at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for fostering effective and impactful relationships between Intel and key global partners across the wireless ecosystem, including device OEMs, infrastructure OEMs and mobile network operators.
Before joining Intel, Wright served as senior vice president of Global Business Development at Qualcomm. In this role, he was responsible for fostering partnerships with wireless, automotive and digital media companies. Additionally, Wright was the country manager for North America, providing comprehensive management of multiple accounts.