Diana Rojas reports on CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, a group of 400 companies, started by PwC, who are trying to tackle America’s race divisions in their organizations, and reaping the business benefits
While rising through the ranks in the information technology industry, Heather Brunner avoided drawing attention to the fact that she was a woman. She didn’t talk about her husband, and when she started her family, she didn’t talk about her kids. She wanted to be judged on her merits alone.
But, speaking at a conference to kick off a discussion on diversity and inclusion 10 years ago, Brunner – who recently celebrated her fifth year as CEO of tech firm WP Engine, based in Austin, Texas – said that she finally “came out” as a woman.
“I realized that as I became a mother of two daughters, I was making a huge mistake not talking about the fact that I am a woman, I am a mother, and that I can also kick ass in a high-performing organization,” said Brunner.
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As a CEO, Brunner is a rarity: almost 70% of board seats in Fortune 500 (and more in the broad Fortune 1000) companies are held by white men.