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Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Tech: Why I Joined Looker

By Kelli Dragovich
Chief People Officer at Looker

May 28, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: Kelli Dragovich, Chief People Officer at Looker. Source: LinkedIn)

Why I Love The Dreaded Role Of “Human Resources”

As someone who’s been a Looker user for over three years, I’ve come to know Looker as an awesome, game-changing product. More recently, I’ve found that Looker the company is filled with genuine, caring, and passionate individuals that naturally treat each other how I’ve always wanted to be treated at work.

Authenticity & Belonging

Throughout my career journey, I’ve found that great cultures focus on ensuring that their workplaces foster a sense of belonging. This is has become increasingly apparent in recent years, with talent flocking to and staying at companies where they can be their true selves without having to separate who they are at home from who they are at work. Additionally, I’ve seen that people gravitate to companies where respect and transparency is shared not only among their peers and managers, but from leadership teams as well.

The Role That DEI Plays

The concepts underneath the diversity, equity, and inclusion umbrella are different, yet all equally important to a company’s culture. Organizations can be strong or weak across any combination of these three areas and will often claim victory when they’ve checked one off the list. But to be truly authentic, I believe there must be a commitment to being strong when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion together in the tech industry.

Demographic diversity as an example is necessary, but far from sufficient. If we are not ensuring that our teams are also inclusive and equitable, simply being a demographically diverse team won’t make our experiences any better. As a female who identifies as LGBTQ+ and is now part of a 50/50 gender-balanced executive team at Looker, I am eager to help continue building in this area with the knowledge and learnings I’ve gotten throughout my journey.

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