CALL TO CELEBRATING DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION AND IT. ALLIES SPOTLIGHT BY CHRIS CLARK Silence in the face of evil THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPASSION is itself evil. Not to speak is to If you’ve been in the IT organization for any length of time, you have speak. Not to act is to act. likely heard me refer to the need for high integrity, authentic conversa- tions 100% of the time. I do this because it honours our relationships and Dietrich Bonhoeffer it’s a powerful tool in resolving conﬂicts and bringing people together. With increasing division in our society, it is more important than ever that we address the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion with this same integrity and authenticity. You’ve heard the leadership team talk about how diversity, equity, and inclusion increases creativity and innovation, promotes higher-qual- ity decisions, and enhances economic growth. There is no doubt it’s a competitive advantage, but the reality is there is more work to be done in challenging bias, celebrating our differences, and promoting equality and belonging across all communities. As we take part in the Day of Understanding, let’s be full of love and com- passion and then seek to demonstrate it through our character, conduct, relationships, and involvement in society. All the best, Chris AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET LEVI’S PULSE INSPIRED BY MICHELLE OBAMA OPINIONS Following the success of the November Women in Tech online MATTER conference, we would like to again invite interested individuals (not only women!) to apply to participate in the upcoming virtual global CLLIICCKKHHEERRE to let us know how your conference June 7-11th. Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion objective Key speakers include Michelle Obama, and the conference will cover for 2021 is going! inspirational women in technology as they share their experiences and Need help completing your industry expertise. What’s in it for you? DE&I objective? Check out our Diversity Equity & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT - Attend expert-led sessions Inclusion page on Threads for relevant designed to provide you with the tools, skills, and knowledge resources! to accelerate your career. NETWORKING - Make valuable connections this June by increasing your professional circle with like-minded individuals. CLICK HERE to apply by May 7th to be considered to attend. You will be notiﬁed of acceptance via email by May 14th. MENTAL HEALTH YOU IT’S IMPORTANT, NOW MORE THAN EVER. ARE NOT ALONE Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. For 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Month, National Alliance on Mental Illness is continuing to amplify the message “You Are Not Alone.” What does your team think of silent And as we continue to work from co-working or virtual water coolers? Check & share ideas to boost mental home, CHLEICRK HERE for some tips to health with the team. make connections for remote teams fun and productive. AUTISM: SHIFTING FROM TALES OF EXPRESSION AWARENESS TO ACCEPTANCE A REFLECTION BY LAFISA SANTIMANO As we celebrate differences, AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA shifts from awareness to acceptance, as acceptance is what is needed to inspire inclusion and systems-wide changes to achieve full partici- pation within society. CLICK HERE to discover WCLaInCtKtHoEgReEt to get involved more ways to get involved Consider joining the A.B.L.E. & #CelebrateDifferences ERG to help make a difference TALES OF “In my role, I have the opportunity to tell stories to the world and to make a THE POWER OF ACCEPTANCE difference. I am grateful to be able to use what I learn through DEI to be SELENA able to honor the diversity of people’s ROBERT experiences and identities, acknowl- edging their unique experiences and CLICK HERE identities shape who they are. I know to watch Selena’s this is so important because for the journey from San longest time I did not honor those parts Francisco all the of myself. I resented being deﬁned by way to Avenue those parts of me. I did not allow heal- Arnaud Fraiteurlaan ing from the traumas of being a brown in Brussels! girl in this world. I did not treat myself as a whole person.” EXPONENTIAL GROWTH NEW HIRES POWERING THE NEXT MAR & APR WE COMMIT TO ADVANCING EQUALITY AT LS&CO. THROUGH OUR HIRING, RETENTION AND PROMOTION PRACTICES. Sneha Sriram Our goal is to reﬂect the makeup of the communities we work in and serve. Sowmya Prakash We will achieve meaningful, year-over-year improvements in our diversity metrics. Sreenivasulu Somavarapu Srishty Sharma Aakriti Prasad Gajjala Peddireddy Pavan Battula Sudip Dhar Abirame Dhevendran Harika Sunkara Prasad Geddada Sujata Khandual Adam Hosey Hemant M Preeti Kandwal Sujitha Nalluri Aishwarya Rao Isra Batool Priyanjali Das Tafor Niba AK Wang Kuda Chapuredima Rachitha V. S. Gowda Udhaya Shankar Korla Alekhya Nemani Mandar Khatavkar Rajkumar Chinnasamy Vamsi K. R. Palyam Amitesh Sinha Martin Miller Ramprasad Venkatesh Venkata R. Gompa Anitha S Matt Westberg Ricardo J. G. Cornejo Venkata S. R. Yerragudi Antim Sharma Meeka Robles Robert Sebastian Venkateswarlu Chirumamilla Arulmani Ashokmani Meena Srinivasan Sai Nandan S Venu Jalda Bhavyasri Mallubhatla Mohammed Saifullah Saigiridhar Gajula Vivek Sundarbabu Bhoomika Shetty Mohit Pradhan Sajan Somaiah Waibhav Jain Brian Vogt Naina Nagesh Kamath Sam Roychowdhury Chad Ripley Navjot Kaur Santhosh Subramaniam Danielle McLenden Nick Beach Seema Kumari Disha Kukreja Nitesh J R Shalini Jaiswal Edgar de J.R. De Velasco Nitin Agarwal Shashi Kant Singh Erik Spaulding Olesya Makusheva Shikha Pandey CELEBRATING OUR NEW HIRES IN 2021 AS THEY JOIN US ON THIS MEANINGFUL JOURNEY AND ADVANCE EQUALITY AT LS&CO! OPEN POSITIONS WORK YOUR NETWORK REFER A FRIEND, HELP BUILD OUR DIVERSE TEAM SR. MACHINE LEARNING FRONT END SR. BIG DATA ENGINEER LSE ENGINEER LSA ENGINEER LSA DID YOU KNOW? We strive to have Black, Latinx, Asian or other minority representatives as half of the interviewees for open positions in LSA. LAST BUT NOT LEAST We welcome all of your feedback & suggestions on key topics KEEP AN EYE OUT (and name ideas!) at: Please look for an upcoming survey from the DE&I Task Force, in part [email protected] nership with the ITLT, in your inbox the ﬁrst week of May. Your honest feedback will be critical to helping us understand the full landscape for DE&I at LS&CO.