HP's Chief Diversity Officer Discusses New Racial Equality and Social Justice Task Force

HP's Chief Diversity Officer Discusses New Racial Equality and Social Justice Task Force

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.@HP's Racial Equality and Social Justice Task Force will strategizing ways to help Black employees advance within HP and work with Black suppliers within the industry for change at both the local and national level. https://bit.ly/36BRkJo via @DiversityInc

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 4:30pm

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Electronics company HP recently announced a new plan to address racial injustice and drive change. On Jan. 15, the company, which earned the No. 43 spot on the 2020 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, unveiled its Racial Equality and Social Justice Task Force. Some of the goals in the task force include strategizing ways to help Black employees advance within HP, working with Black suppliers within the industry and advocating for change at both the local and national level.

Lesley Slaton Brown, chief diversity officer at HP, spoke to DiversityInc about the task force and HP’s history of civil rights action. While HP has had a long history of engaging in conversations about racism, Slaton Brown believes the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 opened the floor to more frequent (and frank) discussions. Some of these conversations started by simply asking employees — especially Black employees — how they were doing. But the talks went deeper into issues that were arising as well. As a Black woman herself, Slaton Brown said she worked hard to be authentic in the face of the pain she was feeling.

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